The pathophysiology of infection of the Covid 19 virus from the Ayurvedic perspective can be explained by considering it as a Samsargaja
/ Aupasargika (infectious) in nature. The degree of vitiation of Tridosha is variable owing to magnitude of infection or individual Sharira Bala (immunity) of the affected person.
(suggested supplement holistic techniques and not as a replacement for medical treatment)
The standard protocol for management of the disease is performing Panchavidha Shodhanam (Panchakarma), administration of Rasayana (immunomodulatory supplements) and specific therapies. Also adopting Sadvritta (ethical code of conducts), wholesome food habits as well as lifestyle and administration of other supportive psychological therapeutic measures, will help in managing COVID-19.
The ancient traditional principles of management in the pandemic diseases can be precisely understood through the integrative method. Ayurveda physicians have described performing the Panchakarma in the preliminary stage, which may fight the viral entry into the body or may reduce viral load in the infected individual.
Administration of Rasayana may delay the process of pathogenesis by increasing the immunity and eliminating the viral toxic effects on the body. The specific herb therapy may help in completely alleviating the residual viral load.
General Ayurvedic recommendations for building Immunity
Keep your agni (digestive fire) strong. To do that, follow your dinacharya. It is the first important thing that Ayurveda recommends. For dinacharya, wake up in the morning, scrape your tongue and brush your teeth. Drink a glass of warm water then do pranayama. Pranayama strengthens our immune system including our pranavaha srotas, our respiratory system. Rasa vaha srotas, your lymphatic system will be cleansed to boost your energy. This will maintain the balance of ojas (immunity, strength), tejas (digestion both subtle and gross), and prāna (vital life force).
- Nutritious eating routine. Balanced nutritious diet, preferably easy to digest freshly cooked soft diet.
- Drink adequate amount of warm water.
- Take immunity promoting Ayurveda Supplements as prescribed by a qualified practitioner.
- Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and Meditation, as much as your health permits.
- Daily morning or evening walk at a comfortable pace.
- Sufficient sleep and rest
- Play a few memory games
- Increase the intake of Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander and garlic.
- Drink herbal tea or decoction of Holy basil, Cinnamon, Black pepper, Dry Ginger and Raisin.
- Inhale steam with basil leaves and Caraway seeds.
- Avoid processed food, fast food, snack food, fried food, frozen pizza, pies, cookies, margarines and spreads.
- Avoid foods (e.g. snacks) that are high in salt and sugar.
- Limit your intake of soft drinks or sodas and other drinks that are high in sugar
- Avoid eating out.
- Avoid Smoking, alcohol and other addictive substances
- Don’t Compromise on Sleep
We know from empirical evidence that there is a long curve of recovery post Covid. Weakness, fatigue, and impact on respiratory symptoms can last awhile if not addressed.
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