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Can ayurveda help in the prevention of coronavirus? Read to find out

Updated on:11 May 2021, 06:45am IST
Ayurveda has answers to a whole lot of diseases and disorders but can it be an answer to fight against coronavirus? Well, give this one a read to find out.
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Coronavirus is becoming the biggest outbreak and globally it’s impacting not just everyone’s health but economies as well. 

Till now, more than one lakh people have been infected by coronavirus or COVID-19 and nearly 3,500 individuals around the world. Everyone is focusing on preventive measures, at least until an effective cure is found – which is only possible somewhere around June 2020, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

As people rush to keep themselves protected, Ayurveda experts have stressed that medicinal herbs such as amla, giloy, shilajit, and neem are helpful in strengthening the immune system which is key to fighting the deadly virus.

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Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy to arm yourself against coronavirus. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Build stronger immunity with Ayurveda
Eating a tablespoon of Chywanprash daily enhances immunity and it may help prevent the spread of the virus, according to Ayurveda experts.

“We all know that strong immunity is necessary to fight any kind of foreign body or disease. Coronavirus primarily affects the lungs and the respiratory system. Eating a tablespoonful of Chywanprash daily enhances the immunity, specifically that of lungs and the respiratory system,” Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda, told IANS.

“Amalaki or amla (Emblica Officinalis), guduchi/glioy (Tinospora Cordifolia), neem (Azadirachta Indica), kutki (Picrorhiza Kurroa), tulsi (basil) are some of the Ayurvedic herbs that are helpful in building the immunity and preventing the infection,” Chauhan added.

He suggested:

In Ayurveda, good digestion or strong digestive fire plays a very important role in fighting diseases. Eat a piece of fresh ginger or drink ginger tea. Mint tea, cinnamon tea, and fennel tea are also good.

Ayurveda can help in strengthening of inner mucus membrane as well
According to Vishal Kaushik, founder and Managing Director, Upakarma Ayurveda, amid the growing COVID-19 scare, there has been a 15% hike in demand for medicinal herbs such as shilajit and ashwagandha.

“Coronavirus is a serious concern and we are very sensitively approaching this as a brand. Regular consumption of powerful Ayurvedic herbs boosts the human body’s immune system, the foremost requirement to help keep even the most dreaded communicable diseases at bay,” Kaushik said.

“Nowadays, people are opting for various precautionary measures for a healthier lifestyle and are taking Ayurveda very seriously. Consumers are shifting towards organic and Ayurvedic help as a precautionary measure. We are also recommending other ayurvedic herbs like tulsi ark, giloy, etc. to boost immunity,” Kaushik stressed.

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Chauhan also suggested that putting two-three drops of sesame oil in each nostril and sniffing it in will not only lubricate the nasal passage and throat, but also strengthen the inner mucus membrane to keep away foreign bodies.

‘Nasya’, a therapeutic treatment for the nose, throat, sinuses, and head, can be done with medicated oils like anu oil and shadabindu oil, he said.

Yoga guru Ramdev also shared a few Ayurvedic tips in a video to prevent infection by the deadly virus.

In the video, Ramdev said: “To fight Covid-19, giloy and tulsi can be helpful. If someone has symptoms of coronavirus, consuming ‘kadha’ (decoction) of giloy and tulsi with black pepper, turmeric, and ginger will boost immunity and kill all kinds of viruses.”

Prevention is the key when it comes to coronavirus
Ramdev also added that people should do pranayama — deep breathing, kapalabhati, and anulom vilom to increase immunity. It will work best to protect children from the virus, according to the yoga guru.

Also, listen:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most effective way to protect yourself against coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.

People should eat only well-cooked food, avoid spitting in public, and avoid close contact, the WHO said, adding that it is important for people to seek medical care at the earliest if they become sick.

Bottom line is that hand washing and staying away from a crowded place is a great idea but boosting your immunity will also help you big in dealing with coronavirus menace. So, do give ayurveda a try – especially if you are low on immunity.