Do yoga and eat chyawanprash: This is what the health ministry’s suggests for post-covid care

In its set of protocols for post-recovery care, the Union Ministry of Health is taking a holistic approach--by advising covid-19 patients to practice yoga and meditation, and eat chyawanprash.
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It’s yoga and chyawanprash for the win, according to the Union Ministry of Health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
PTI Published: 14 Sep 2020, 13:30 pm IST
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Taking care of your health post recovery from covid-19 is very crucial. Proper care is important for those whose immune system has been compromised thanks to SARS-CoV-2. As time goes by, these protocols of covid-care–including once that detail out post-recovery guidelines–have changed. In fact, now they include regular practice of yoga and consumption of chyawanprash. Don’t believe us? Then read what the Union Ministry recently said. 

According to the health ministry, patients must continue covid-appropriate behaviour by using masks, practicing hand and respiratory hygiene, and engaging in physical distancing. The ministry is also suggesting yoga, pranayama, meditation, and intake of chyawanprash for follow up care and well-being of all post-covid recovered patients.

Here are all the details…
At an individual level, the protocol suggested drinking an adequate amount of warm water, taking immunity-promoting AYUSH medicine prescribed by a qualified practitioner of AYUSH, and doing regular household work if health permits. For that matter, it also suggests resuming professional work in a graded manner.

The Union Ministry of Health also suggests consuming chyawanprash in the morning with lukewarm water or milk. With AYUSH remedies at forefront, it also suggests use of mulethi powder, Ayush Kwath, Samshamani vati, and ashwagandha powder in a bid to boost the immune system’s functioning.  

The protocol also calls for self-health monitoring at the home of temperature, blood pressure, and blood sugar.

“If there is a persistent dry cough or sore throat, do saline gargles and take steam inhalation. You can also add herbs or spices for gargling or steam inhalation. If you are thinking of taking medication for cough, then it should be taken on the advice of a medical doctor or qualified practitioner of Ayush (sic),” the advisory stated. 

Since there is no decline in the incidences of coronavirus, keep yourself updated and stay safe. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The health ministry is also suggesting measures at a community level
The ministry said recovered individuals should share their positive experiences with friends and relatives using social media, community leaders, opinion leaders, and religious leaders for creating awareness, dispelling myths and stigma.

They are also advising recovered patients to participate in group sessions of yoga and meditation, while taking all due precautions like physical distancing.

“Take the support of community-based self-help groups, civil society organizations, and qualified professionals for the recovery and rehabilitation process. Seek psycho-social support from peers, community health workers, counsellor. If required seek mental health support service,” it said. 

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But what about follow-up medical examinations?
Well, according to the Ministry of Health, your first follow-up visit–either physical or telephonic–should be within seven days after discharge, preferably at the hospital where you underwent treatment. “Subsequent treatment or follow-up visits may be with the nearest qualified allopathic or AYUSH practitioner.

“Poly-therapy is to be avoided due to potential for an unknown drug-drug interaction, which may lead to serious adverse events or adverse effects,” the advisory concludes. 

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