The infected people has no different symptoms other then common cold, fever, dried cough, tiredness, aches and pain, soar throat, headache, loss of taste, diarrhoea and many more. Whereas the virus affects different people in different ways. Coronavirus is nothing but a group of virus that cause respiratory tract illness, including common cold. It is a new kind of infectious disease believed to be spread from one of the China’s city known as Wuhan. Coronavirus is also known as COVID-19, it is being said that this is the most severe virus outbreak in the century after SARS. Till the time, the virus is incurable as the vaccine for the virus is not yet prepared. The people easily get infected with the virus just by coming in contact with the already infected person.
So some basic precaution that we must take for our safety are:
* Wash our hands frequently with soap/hand wash.
* We must maintain social distancing when we went out.
* We must go out only if it is necessary.
* Cleanliness should be maintain at any cost.
*We should take some basic measure to keep our immunity system strong.
* Things brought from market should be used after proper sanitization.
* Wearing mask is compulsory, etc.
Improving the body’s natural defence/immunity system plays an important role in maintaining optimum health. As prevention is better than cure. While there is no medicine for COVID-19 as of now, it will be good to take preventive measures which boost our immunity in these times. Whereas Ayurveda are best option to boost immunity system naturally. Ayurveda originated in India and is a 5000-year old medicine system. According, to some theories it is one of the oldest healing science. This healing system mainly uses herbs and roots with medicinal value. Either they are used alone or mixed with other ingredients to manage the different levels in the body known as vata, pitta and kapha. These are the main 5 ayurvedic herbs that helps in maintaining good immune system are Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Neem, Turmeric, Amla
Now these are some of the self-care guidelines issued by Ministry of AYUSH in context of preventive health measures and boosting immunity system with special reference to respiratory health and those are:
I General Measures:
1.Drink warm water throughout the day.
2.Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation for at least 30
minutes as advised by Ministry of AYUSH.
3.Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and
Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking.
II Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures:
1.Take Chyavanprash 10gm (1tsf) in the morning. Diabetics should take sugar free Chyavanprash.
2.Drink herbal tea / decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin) – once or twice a day. Add jaggery (natural sugar) and / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
3.Golden Milk- Half tea spoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk -once or twice a day.
III Simple Ayurvedic Procedures:
1.Nasal application – Apply sesame oil / coconut oil or Ghee in both the
nostrils (Pratimarsh Nasya) in morning and evening.
2.Oil pulling therapy- Take 1 table spoon sesame or coconut oil in mouth. Do not drink, Swish in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and spit it off followed by warm water rinse. This can be done once or twice a day.
IV During dry cough / sore throat:
3.Steam inhalation with fresh Pudina (Mint) leaves or Ajwain (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once in a day.
4.Lavang (Clove) powder mixed with natural sugar / honey can be taken 2-3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation.
These measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist.