We are on the junction of Winter and starting of summer in India and everyday through all types of media we are hearing about Swine Flu. Swine Flu is spreading all over India and becoming epidemic and lots of misunderstanding is also spreading regarding the mortality rates of this disease condition. Let’s try to find out some facts about Swine Flu and how Ayurveda can be both simple and useful to combat this disease.
What is Swine Flu?
Swine Flu is a respiratory disease caused by a virus (H1N1). It infects the respiratory tract of pigs, resulting in nasal secretion, productive cough and loss of appetite. It was first found in pigs and then transmitted to humans. Swine influenza virus was first isolated from pigs in 1930 in the US and has been recognized by pork producers and veterinarians to cause infections in pigs world wide. In a number of instances people have developed the Swine Flu infection when they are closely associated with pigs (farmers, pork processors) and likewise.
Swine Flu is transmitted from person to person by inhalation or ingestion of droplets containing virus from people sneezing or coughing.
The Symptoms of Swine Flu
- Fever (100 F or greater)
- Nasal Secretions
- Some people may also get sore throat, rash, body aches, chills, nausea, vomiting
- Some people develop severe respiratory symptoms and need respiratory support (ventilator to breathe)
According to Ayurveda Swine Flu can compare with Vata-Shlashmik Jwara as it mostly occurs in the end of January, peaks in February and decreases in March. This period is known as Ritu Sandhi. Ritu Sandhi means we can experience both cold and hot conditions during the day. During this Ritu Sandhi the bal (immunity) of our body is also coming down due to weather condition and it can aggravate vata and also kapha causing Vata-Shleshmik Jwara.
Now during this season in India marriage functions are frequent and people are eating inappropriate food combinations and cold drinks which weakens immunity. Many people get infected through such huge public gatherings.
As per Ayurveda this kind of diet and lifestyle is responsible for ama (toxins) which is ultimately the cause of Vata-Shleshmik Jwara.
Treatment of Swine Flu
According to Western Medicine they prescribe:
- Antivirus (Tamiflu)
- NSAIDS (Combinations of Dicleofenac and paracetamol)
- Antihistamine, etc.
But as per Ayurveda simple preventive measures significantly combat the occurrence of the disease.
- Do not go out side in huge public gatherings
- Always use handkerchief (put Camphor or Eucalyptus oil drop in it) when you go out side or use a mask to prevent droplet infection.
- Take healthy fresh cooked food which increases your immunity
- Take your lunch and dinner at proper times
- Also when the disease on peak take camphor
- Keep powdered Elaichi (Cardamom) in a handkerchief and smell once in every 2 to 3 hours.
4 Home remedies to prevent Swine Flu
1. Mix these herbs in equal proportion and make into a powder. Take as herbal tea.
- Mulethi (Yastimadhu)
- Elaichi (Cardamom)
2. Also you can apply Eucalyptus oil to your nasal cavity which can prevent the virus from entering your respiratory tract through the nasal cavity.
3. Boil Turmeric and salt in water. Gargle when warm.
4. Boil milk and Turmeric and drink. Great for respiratory disorders.
Also take care of your food habits
- Do not eat out side food
- Avoid leftover food
- Avoid cold drinks and beverages
- Do Yoga and Pranayam daily
- Do not go out side in windy weather
- For protection from virus, do the dhoop of Gugulu in your house.
- Do respect the elders (parents, Guru) in your family
- Avoid physical and mental stress
- Take proper sleep