Ayurveda’s immunity-boosting measures during Coronavirus

The Ministry of AYUSH has issued the following self-care guidelines for preventing illness and boosting immunity, with a focus on respiratory health. These are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.

 

In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, Improving the body’s natural defence mechanism (immunity) is crucial to preserving good health. Prevention is better than cure so, in these times, it would be beneficial to take preventative steps to improve our immunity.

Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care derives from the concepts of Dinacharya – daily regimes and Ritucharya – seasonal regimes to maintain a healthy life.

In August last year, the Ministry of AYUSH launched a three-month campaign called “AYUSH for Immunity” with the aim of raising public awareness about successful home care solutions and recommended AYUSH practices to help people improve their immunity.

When we are supposed to defend ourselves from the virus from the outside, we must start from inside our bodies by strengthening our immune systems. The immune system is extremely complex, and it is heavily influenced by our surroundings.

The Ministry of AYUSH has issued the following self-care guidelines for preventing illness and boosting immunity, with a focus on respiratory health. These are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.

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 the Ministry of AYUSH.

3. Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander), and Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking.

Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures

1. Take Chyavanprash 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) or fresh lemon juice, if needed.

3. Milk- Half teaspoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk – once or twice a day.

4 Steam inhalation with fresh Pudina (Mint) leaves or Ajwain (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once a day.

5. Lavang (Clove) powder mixed with natural sugar or 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 symptoms persist.

6. Adequate sleep of 7-8 hours at night is essential and should be encouraged. Preferably, advice to avoid daytime sleep.

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