Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine, in its classical text, mentions diseases causing epidemics under the broad term' Janapadodhwamsa'. Most of the concepts of Ayurveda about here are found relevant to current theories of pandemic/epidemic.
So, now modern-day doctors and research institutes have put together a protocol and herbal formulation using the ancient technique to understand and recover from the deadly pandemic.
The bygone year 2021 arrived with renewed dreams and aspirations. However, during the past two years, one of nature's tiniest creatures, a virus, has devastated the global economy, strained hospitals to breaking point, encroached on our freedom of movement, and encircled individuals with drone fences!!
The country had sunk into a funk. We stayed home for several months, living a life of "minimum socializing and maximum isolation."
And now it is past time to confront the fact that we have been living a lifestyle that has been detrimental to our health, as a result of which we have become sicker, weaker, and immunologically compromised both physically and psychologically!
This is, without a doubt, the appropriate moment to reflect and begin incorporating Ayurveda into our daily routine!!
Isn't it better to be more immune when there's nothing we can do about the devilish horrible virus?
Ayurveda comes to the rescue here and even later at the post covid phase!.
If you've noticed difficulty breathing or a remarkable change in your inflammatory Biomarkers after covid, it's time to take a deeper look into the problem!!
As per Ayurveda, the extended phase of covid results from lower Ojas/immunity & imbalanced bio-energies lodged in the tissue & waste systems, causing Dhatu/tissues depletion, disturbed Agni-digestive fire.
Vata Dosha's involvement shows neurocognitive difficulties, breathing complications, joint pain, brain fog, anxiety.
If you have recovered from covid 19 but still suffer from its symptoms, then you could be having the post complications of this viral infection. The pandemic is the new villain in everybody’s life. The Covid 19 virus has twisted our body for its own benefit after a vicious session of cough, sneeze, anorexia, and massive sacks of weariness. As a result, our immunity, appetite, and all bodily functions are weakened even more. Such people with long-standing troubles from a viral manifestation are called Long haulers of a disease.
Generally, those individuals with compromised immunity, citizens of the older community, and people with other medical conditions show lingering symptoms of covid 19. Covid 19 symptoms may persist for months even for the healthy for, the virus can damage the major organs of the lungs, heart, and brain which increases the risk of long term health problems.
Common post covid symptoms
Regardless of age or health, people may feel unwell for weeks or months after the infection. They are:
Cough and fever
Shortness of breath
Increased joint pain
Concentration and memory issues
Loss of smell
Depression or anxiety
Dizziness while standing
Several recent studies have concluded that clinical manifestations following infection are caused by virus-induced organ damage. Although it mostly affects the lungs, it has also been discovered to impact other organs such as the heart and brain.
The management protocol according to Ayurveda:
To develop a good immune response, Ayurveda recommended following the principle of the daily regime, night regime, and seasonal regime
Diet plays a big role in the balance of gut flora. Proper function of digestive fire helps with digestion, metabolism, and elimination of food.
Dosha balancing diet can be adopted to restore the function of Tridosha. Based on the doshic involvement, Vata Pitta Kapha's pacifying food can be chosen.
Food must always include ginger, turmeric, pepper, cinnamon, Amla (Indian gooseberry), mint, and citrus fruits like lemon in their diet to boost immunity.
Ayurveda' deepana pachana' herbs like Ginger, black pepper, etc must be incorporated to improve digestive fire and clear out toxins from the gut.
Herbal teas -tulsi, black pepper, Amalaki, ashwagandha, ginger tea
Include Rasayana herbal formulation such as Chavanaprash, Agasthya Rasayana. amalaki rasayana, ashwagandha
Practicing yoga, meditation breathing to ease breathing and balance hormones.
Finally ayurvedic detox procedures of Panchakarma therapies to remove all accumulated endotoxins from the body and eliminate the possibilities of any post covid complications.
Regain muscle strength by practicing Ayurveda therapies like abhyanga and Potali (herbal oil massage), herbal steam, Shirodhara to improve brain function
The food you can include
The diet that can be implemented after covid has an impact on the body's optimum recovery. Instead of immediately resuming your regular diet, you can start by inculcating diet principles and work your way up.
Simple fruit juices like Lemon juice, or Amalaki (Indian gooseberry) juice are wonderful alternatives to regular beverages that enhance the immunity and also relieve further symptoms
Rich salads can be included for they give the fiber, reduce constipation and decrease the events of Aguasia (perverted taste sensations post or during covid)
Herbal teas can be opted to flush the toxins of the body. Ginger Cinnamon tea is a wonderful contrivance for the same
Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Amalaki (Embelica officilais) can be included in the diet under the guidance of ayurvedic health care practitioners.
Food and lifestyle are two sides of the same coin. Management of both sides is needed for overall optimal health.
Post covid maladies can be tackled by introducing Yoga practice in your daily life. Asanas like Dwipadasana, Padmasana, Matsyasana, Balasana, etc may be practiced that improve muscle strength and improves health
Meditation techniques and pranayama methods can be inculcated to optimize your cognitive levels and associated hormonal imbalances that trigger the majority of the post covid complications
Imbibing the techniques of daily and seasonal regimes mentioned in Ayurveda corrects all the flaws lying within the mechanism of the body
Always keep your sleep-wake cycle intact by not compromising on your daily doses of sleep and incorporating good stress management methods
Ayurvedic medications that help
Ayurveda, the holistic discipline, has its own methods for dealing with any disease, including post-covid problems. The majority of the post-infection problems are caused by an increase in Vata entities. Nurturing the body to perform at its optimum by optimizing the entity and introducing rejuvenations to the body is the ideal method.
Exceptional Rejuvenations like Chavanaprash, Agasthya Rasayana, Kalyanaka Ghrutha, etc may be used as per the instructions of your ayurvedic physician for optimizing all malfunctioning in the body and to boost immune mechanism
Ayurvedic single Herbs like Amalaki(Indian Gooseberry) and Ashwagandha (Indian winter cherry) that have immense healing capabilities may be included in your diet or as supplementary nutrition to aid in this process
Authentic ayurvedic Immune tonics like indukantham decoction or Dasamula decoction can be used for relieving all the symptoms and also enhance the innate immune capacity to fight off maladies
Optimal body mechanism is ensured with optimal digestive fire. To normalize the Agni, Digestantas like ginger tea, Ashtachoornam formulations, and others may be utilized.
Finally, ayurvedic detox procedures of Panchakarma therapies can be undertaken to remove all accumulated endotoxins from the body and further eliminate the possibilities of any post covid complications
It is important to plan your post covid rejuvenation only under the strict guidance of your ayurvedic physician to obtain the most specific effect for your condition!
Each component of the therapy has as its major goal in strengthening a person's inner fortitude and enabling them to conquer the pandemic's systemic difficulties by equipping their immunity to do the charm. As a result, the individual becomes more capable of dealing with the negative effects of Covid 19 and avoiding further health complications.
Book a consultation today with Shilpika Devaiah, Ayurveda Doctor at Ayur-Shilpi Ayurveda & Wellness