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Date: Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 7:40 PM
Subject: Ayurvedic Remedies of Swine Flu
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Subject: Ayurvedic Remedies of Swine Flu
August 14, 2009
Herbal route to swine flu safety
Durgesh Nandan Jha | New Delhi
Just two drops of these common oils and natural substances can save you from the wave of deadly influenza sweeping the Capital. No, the vaccine has not arrived but the prevention of the illness is prescribed in Ayurveda.
A team of doctors from the Central Institute of Research for Ayurveda and Hospital, Government of India, have come out with simple, people-friendly prophylactic measures like putting two drops of mustard oil in the nostril or wearing a handkerchief on the face with some eucalyptus oil drops put in it.
While the mustard oil applied on the mucous membrane of the nasal passage acts as a barrier for active air pathogens, the eucalyptus oil, popularly known as Nilgiri oil, has a fragrance which is against the very nature of virus.
"N95 masks are for the use of health workers and those already infected by the H1N1 virus. A common man can prevent the infection by applying two drops of mustard oil in his nostrils. The oil will form a layer around the mucosa of the nasal passage. Infectious viral elements cannot penetrate it," said Raakhee Mehra, Assistant Director, Central Institute of Research for Ayurveda and Hospital located in Punjabi Bagh in New Delhi, which comes under the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Mehra said epidemics or Janpadoshwansh (in Sanskrit) have been identified by our ancient medical science - Ayurveda - more than 500 years ago. "It spreads through air, water and food. But application of natural medicines like neem water, turmeric, sandal, giloy, tulsi and honey among others can prevent this by checking the passage of infectious virus and increasing the immunity of the body," she said.
Tamiflu, she said, causes several side effects on children and cannot kill the swine flu virus completely (This has been highlighted by a research conducted by Oxford University researchers). "Tamilflu just suppresses the effects. Ayurvedic medicines have both preventive and curative effects. Using a mixture of honey, tulsi and diloy in the morning prevents from any strain of virus. Materials used in havan like guggul (Commifora mukul), sandle, vach (Acorous calimus) and Jatavansh (Nardicus jatamansi) destroy free radicals moving in the air. Brushing the teeth with a mixture of mustard oil, turmeric and salt increases salivation leading to prevention and ejection of pathogens assimilated during the night," added Mehra.
Principal of Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College Dr Yashin Ahmed said that use of Ayurvedic medicines like giloy have given favourable results in tackling diseases like Chikungunya and dengue fever and will certainly held fight the swine flu. Senior officials associated with AYUSH and research centers said that it was unfortunate that despite the unavailability of vaccine for swine flu and the scarcity of preventive drugs, the central Government was not keen on promoting use of ayurvedic medicines.
"The Government is spending crores of amounts on sample testing kits, procurement of Tamiflu and production of vaccine. But till date, there has been no advisory or efforts asking people to use Ayurveda. The ancient medical science is on the verge of extinction," said an official on condition of anonymity.
It can be noted that most of the Ayurvedic medicines include herbs and other natural products that are cheaper. At some medicine stores selling the medicines, one can even get as many as 60 Tulsi tablets for as little as Rs 60.
CITY REPORTS 16 FRESH CASES
New Delhi: On Thursday, Delhi reported 16 cases of swine flu, of which 13 are indigenous cases.
Three others have history of foreign travel. These include a 14-year old male who arrived from the U.K. a 19-year old male who came here from China and a 17 year old male who arrived from the US. Gurgaon also reported one indigenous case. According to RP Vashishtha, nodal officer for the disease in Delhi, out of 16 cases reported 11 are children. Meanwhile, reacting to the diffident attitude of several private hospitals over starting treatment for the viral infection, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia has said that the hospitals have been guveb 15 days' time to set up specilised wards for the purpose.
"We have given them 15 days to put their system in place and if they do not have it, they will definitely be coming back to us," said Walia. She claimed that the Government has not got any negative reaction from anybody. In a statement, Apollo Hospital had said it cannot put its patients at risk, many of whom are immuno-compromised, by exposing them to the infection. The mortality rate of H1N1 is one per cent in normal population but significantly higher in people who are immuno-compromised. "We are therefore not in a position to provide facilities for H1N1 screening, sample collection and in-patient treatment in our campus for fear of cross infection," it said. SR
Remedy and Effects
1. Mustard Oil -
Acts as barrier for air pathogens.
2. Eucalyptus Oil -
Its fragrance is against the nature of flu virus.
3. Turmeric -
Is anti-bacterial and anti-viral
4. Brushing the teeth with a mixture of two drops of mustard oil, one pinch of salt and turmeric
in the morning -
Increases salivation leading to prevention and ejection of pathogens assimilated during
5. Drops of Rasanjan or Gulabjal ark -
Forms layer around the eyes restricting viral hits.
6. Gugul (used in havan, a sacred purifying ritual in Hinduism that involves a fire ceremony) -
A well known antioxidant that destroys free radicals in the air.
7. Giloy -
Improves body's immunity system
8. Tulsi -
Clears the microcirculatory system and strengthens the body's immune system.
Ayurveda can effectively counter Swine Flu: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Bangalore, Aug 12: Calling upon the people not to panic over H1N1, founder of the Art of Living Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said said 'India has a wealth of knowledge from Ayurveda to counter swine flu.' Sri Sri Ravishankar said 'in addition, our mind also plays an important role in our immunity. Whenever we panic and have fear, our immunity level goes down. Practices like pranayama and meditation play a vital role in reducing panic, fear and keeping ourselves calm. He said independent studies conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences
, New Delhi (AIIMS) and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore (NIMHANS) have empirically proved that practices such as pranayama and meditation boosts immunity at least three-fold.
''If we can integrate these practices in our daily lives along with the simple Ayurvedic remedies
, we can effectively counter swine flu'' Sri Sri Ravishankar said.
Elaborating on this, Dr Manikantan and Dr Nisha Manikantan, senior ayurvedic doctors at Sri Sri Ayurveda centre in the outskirts of the city said in a release here that ''Swine flu invades the body because of a breakdown in immunity and Ayurveda offers simple and effective remedies to boost immunity and build resistance.
Tea made from Laxmi Taru (botanical name Simarouba) leaves, Tulsi, Amla and Amrut (Giloy) acts as an immunity enhancer.
Alternatively and additionally, Ginger and Turmeric powder mixed with either lime juice or honey can also be taken twice a day.
''To counter air-borne swine flu viruses, Sambarani dhoop (loban stems) should be burnt in the house twice a day. Sambarani is a very potent atmospheric sterilser,'' the doctors said.
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