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What is Swine Flu?
Swine flu, caused by the H1N1 or type A influenza virus, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Swine flu affects the upper respiratory tract and its symptoms are similar to those caused by the Human Influenza Virus. There are fears that swine flu will become a major global pandemic in the winter months.
Influenza is quite common in pigs; the main route of transmission is through direct contact between infected and uninfected animals.
How is Swine Flu transmitted?
Swine influenza virus is common throughout pig populations worldwide. People with regular exposure to pigs are at increased risk of swine flu infection. This spreads through personal contacts in the form of droplets created while coughing or sneezing by a person infected with the flu. It is a frequent infection which rises every year with a life-threatening challenge.
Signs and Symptoms of Swine Flu:
Sore throatHeadachesFever with chillsAching limbsFatigueRunning noseLack of appetiteDiarrheaVomitingNauseaPneumonia and respiratory failure are signs of a more serious attack.
Treatment for Swine Flu:
Paracetamol for feverAntivirus like Tamiflu for symptomatic reliefAntibiotics for severe infectionsVaccines can be taken but still there isn't any assurance of protection.
However, as modern medicines is not without side effects, it is always better to take precautions and prevent the disease from occurring.
Ayurvedic view of Swine Flu
Swine flu in Ayurveda can be called asSannipataj Jvara which is basically triggered by the aggravation of the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and loss of Ojas (immunity) in the body. Low Ojas is lack of immunity at the physical level and absence of mental strength at mental level. Hence Ayurveda strongly recommends the strengthening of the Ojas (immunity) to prevent diseases like swine flu from its attack.
Ayurveda promotes the concept that if one's immune system is strong, it has the capacity to withstand viruses. This branch of medicine promotes the intake of special herbs or decoctions, touting that they not only help increase one's immunity, but also help treat symptoms.
Ayurvedic treatment for Swine Flu
Ayurveda, the 5000 year old medical science based on natural systems, has some excellent preventive and curative solutions to diseases such as swine flu. The most significant aspect of these measures is that they are entirely based on natural substances and, therefore, totally safe on the human body.
The Ayurvedic treatment of any flu is aimed at controlling the virus and preventing complications by boosting the body’s immunity. It helps in cleansing the body by eliminating toxins and clearing blockage in channels. Hence, Ayurveda drugs may be started as soon as possible.
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Herbs useful in Swine Flu
Besides the natural immunity-boosting options mentioned above, there are several other herbs and spices one can consume to raise one's immunity levels. However, before consuming any herb or trying out a natural remedy, make sure you consult an Ayurveda practitioner.
Tulasi (Basil)Ardraka (Ginger)Rasona (Garlic)Haridra (Turmeric)Indian Gooseberry (Amla)Kumari (Aloe Vera)Maricha (Black pepper)Chirayata (Swertia Chirata)Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)Nimba (Neem)Precautions after the attack of Swine Flu
Have complete bed rest in clean and airy room.Drink boiled warm water only.Hot saline gargle should be done frequently.Do fasting for 2 – 3 day if fever persists.Have cow’s milk with turmeric or ginger tea.Do steam inhalation with Eucalyptus oil.Do meditation for mental strength.Practice Ayurveda lifestyle regimen regularly.Consume light and easily digestible food.Avoid all junk foods and foods that are frozen, deep-fried or extremely sour.Ayurveda home remedies for preventing Swine flu
Ayurveda says you can prevent the spread of flu by strengthening the ojas and enhancing your body immunity with help of following remedies:
Take 5 Tulasi (basil leaves) + 4 Maricha (whole black pepper beads) + 3 Lavanga (clove buds) + 1 teaspoonful of fresh Adrak (ginger) paste + 2 cups of water. Boil this entire mixture until the quantity of water is halved. Filter and add a teaspoonful of honey when warm. Take this decoction twice a day.½ to 1 teaspoonful of Sitopaladi Churna with 1 teaspoonful of honey and have it twice daily.Have 1 tbsp of Chyawanprash with cow’s milk every morning to boost immunity.Children should be given Suvarna prashana - Ayurveda vaccine for Swine flu and other infections.Panchakarma detox therapies like Nasya, Vamana and Virechana are also very useful for all respiratory tract infections.Home should be kept clean and fumigated daily with Neem leaves, Guggal, Sarjarasa and Devdaru for environmental purification.Do hot saline gargle many times in a day.Snuff 2-6 drops of mustard oil early in the morning.Keep a mixture of powdered camphor + cardamom in a box and smell it every 2 - 3 hours. Avoid getting wet and sleeping into the dew.Avoid places of crowd during endemic period of swine flu.Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of good sleep every night. This will boost your immune system and enhance the ojas in your body.Drink 8 to 10 glasses of boiled water each day to flush accumulated ama (toxins) from your system.Eat a healthy and balanced diet to keep your body strong, nourished, and ready to fight infection. Stick with whole grains, colorful vegetables, and vitamin-rich fruits.If you have constipation, then have light laxative like Triphala churna 3-6 gms or Isabgol 5-10 gms at bedtime.Support your immune system by exercising moderately on a regular basis. It helps in increasing blood circulation and eliminating the blockage in body channels.Consult your doctor if you have a cough and fever and follow their instructions. Make sure you take the prescribed medicines at the right time and in advised quantities.
(P.S: As every human being is different according to Ayurveda, all have different cures. So, kindly consult us or an Ayurveda doctor before taking any herbal medicines.)
This post is written by Dr.Jaina Patwa who is a Chief Ayurvedic practitioner based at Vile Parle, Mumbai, India. She is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant on Skype. Skype ID - vishwacare
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I am suffering from bad breath for the last four years. I consulted many doctors on this problem but not found cure till now. I am worrying very much about this problem as I am facing many problems at my workplace with my colleagues. I hope I may get solution for this problem with Ayurveda medicines. I consulted gastro-entomologist and also ENT doctor for this problem earlier. I can provide reports and transcripts if required.
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Garlic is nature’s antibiotic, so it's great to add to your diet when you're feeling not-so-hot. Compounds like allistatin, allicin, garlicin, and ajoene deliver super-strong antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and immune-enhancing benefits. Fresh garlic is best (and large quantities of it!) so add the flavor-maker to your meals. It’s incredible for you, so the garlic breath is worth it!
2. Green tea
Green tea contains polyphenols, potent plant antioxidants, which give it immune-system boosting effects. And, egcg, the active compound in green tea, has been known to fight bacteria and viruses. Matcha is the most nutrient-rich green tea, making an already simple daily booster even easier to get in your system.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil has many unique health-promoting benefits. It contains lauric acid, which has been shown to enhance immunity and improve heart and thyroid health. It’s also anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral, so making it a staple in your diet is a smart idea if you want to feel your best. And, don’t be concerned about the fat — the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are converted to energy quickly in the body, as opposed to being stored.
Turmeric is one of the foods with the highest antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is antiviral, anti-fungal, and can help protect against cancer. Inflammation is linked to many chronic diseases, so turmeric is a must. Up your body's absorption significantly by mixing turmeric with black pepper.
5. Fermented foods
If you want to boost your immune system in a major way, adding fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kimchi, is important. Fermented foods contain healthy, friendly bacteria that help to balance your gut flora — this is where 70% of your immune system is housed! it's crucial to keep everything in working order down there.
If you’re looking for immune-boosting supplements, 3 of my top picks are probiotics, vitamin D and glutathione. But, when it comes to easy — and delicious — everyday improvements, healthy food is really where it's at.