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Fighting Covid 19: Ayurvedic secrets to keep you healthy

Currently there is no vaccine for COVID 19. But perhaps ancient knowledge can help. When a communicable disease manifests itself there are certain factors that contribute to it. These factors which are common to the entire population are air, water, place, habitat and the time period. This has been clearly explained in Ayurveda. The Daily News speaks to Institute of Indigenous Medicine, Department of Dravyaguna Vignana, Senior Lecturer, Dr. S.D. Hapuarachchi on how Ayurveda can help manage this epidemic. Ayurveda is the science of life, the most ancient medical doctrine of human civilization, that has evolved gradually from Gurukula education to college- based education system.

When it comes to Ayurveda, this ancient system of medicine  can help in the fight against disease. There are some explanations in the ancient texts mainly Susruta Smhita and Caraka Samhita that supports this. The communicable diseases concept is explained in Ayurvedic classics under Janapadodhwamsa.

Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that means ‘five actions’ or ‘five treatments’. This is a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease, poor nutrition and environmental toxins. Normally the body has the innate ability to efficiently process and remove these waste materials.  However, due to one’s repeated dietary indiscretions, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition, the digestive enzymes, metabolic co-factors, hormones, and agnis which regulate the body’s internal homeostasis become disorganized. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology resulting in disease. This waste matter is called ama in Ayurveda. Ama is a foul-smelling, sticky, harmful substance that needs to be completely evacuated from the body. Panchakarma will remove the excess doshas and correct imbalances in them, as well as eliminate the harmful ama out of your system. Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level.

“Administration of Panchakarma and proper administration of Rasayana therapies is advised in the effective management of communicable diseases. The herbs used for the medicine preparation should be collected prior to the onset of diseases in that particular area. Throughout history certain principles described in Ayurveda have remained intact and are still the same as today’s medical science. Populations, as with individuals, have unique patterns of disease. Populations’ disease patterns derive from differences in the type of individuals, in the mode of interaction of individuals, and in the environment in which the population lives,” explained Hapuarachchi.

However, Hapuarachchi pointed out that science of epidemiology, which straddles biology, clinical medicine, social sciences, and ecology, seeks to describe, understand, and utilize these patterns to improve health. However, she admits that it would be over ambitious to expect such concepts of epidemiology from the treatises of Ayurveda as the concepts are limited and very few are comparable. As said earlier, Ayurveda, the ancient medical doctrine, does not really have minute specialized tributaries as compared with the modern medicine, but many concepts described in those days are comparable with the concepts of modern medicine and holds equal importance in this age. There are many concepts described in modern epidemiology which can not necessarily be compared with the concepts of Ayurveda, but a few concepts are relevant to the present era.

Charaka was one of the principal contributors to Ayurveda, a system of medicine and lifestyle developed in Ancient India. He is known for authoring the medical treatise, the Charaka Samhita. Charak, describes the causation of disease and epidemics.

“Individuals are different when it comes to physical constitution, food habits, suitability, strength, immunity and age. They do get affected with disease owing to vitiation of these factors that are common to all those in that community. These factors lead to the simultaneous manifestation of disease having the same set of symptoms among all the inhabitants leading to widespread manifestation in the community,” pointed out Hapuarachchi. 

The factors that are common to all the individuals in a community include air, water, land, and season. Again, Acharya Charaka has divided the etiological factors (causing or contributing to the development of a disease or condition) into two different categories, such as Niyata Hetu and Aniyata Hetu.

“The Niyata Hetu are a category of factors that commonly affect all individuals in a particular community and include the harmful effects of sun, moon, stars, and planets such as floods, cyclones, landslides, earthquakes, and tsunami. Aniyata Hetu is the disastrous factors that include Prajnaparadha (terrorism and accidents), Shastra prabhavaja (wars–nuclear weapons, missiles and advanced weapons), Abhisyangaja (effects of pathogens, evil forces and unhygienic condition), and Abhishapaja (curse). Besides affecting the individuals, these factors also affect the entire community resulting in widespread disease causation known as Janapadodhwansa Rogas.  In addition, many of the classical treatises of Ayurveda have also described the host factor in the form erratic human behavior responsible for disease causation.

Rejuvenation Therapy

Rejuvenation Therapy (Rasayana Chikitsa) in Ayurveda aids in toning up the skin and strengthening body tissues so as to facilitate longevity. The overall resistance of the body increases as well, due to the optimisation of the 'Ojas' (primary vitality) and the 'Sattva' (mental clarity). The therapy also includes body and face massages using special herbal oils and creams that are tailor made as per the needs of the patient. Other treatment methods include special medicines as per the constitution of the patient along with medicinal steam baths.

“The utility of Rasayana Chikitsa is vast and very effective in the prevention as well as management of communicable diseases. By maintaining the optimum level of tissues, it helps to provide good immunity to a healthy person. The administering of Rasayana in day to day clinical practice provides an effective tool for the management of communicable diseases. Administration of Rasayana Aushadies along with Vyadhi Hara (disease curing) medication proves to be very effective in curing as well as preventing the recurrence of the disease to the same individual,” explained Hapuarachchi.

 Fighting Covid 19

In the fight against COVID 19, Dr.Hapuarachchi recommends the use of plants, plant based formulations and animal products.

“The textual components of Samhita described that killing of pathogenic organisms using herbal medications which possess anti-microbial activity to help manage an epidemic of communicable disease,” said Hapuarachchi.

Hapuarachchi recommends the following fruits, Vegetables and juices (decoctions) that are best to eat and drink in order for the body to resist the Virus.

Fruit- oranges and citrus fruits (Narang etc.), Papaya, Banana, Mango, Pomegranate, Grapes, Water melon, Jamson, Nelli, Wood apple, and Fresh Fruits (with high vitamin C)

Vegetable- Fresh Leafy Vegetables for Fresh Salads, Sambola, Mallum and Curry, Gotukola, Mukunuvanna, Nivithy, Elabatu, Murunga, Watakolu, Pathola, Cucumber and Pumpkin.

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 WHAT KIND OF HERBAL DECOCTIONS AND JUICES NEED TO BE CONSUMED

  •  Coriander (slightly roasted) with ginger
  •  Rasakinda with Nelli
  • Coriander (slightly roasted) with heen madurutala or venwalgata, adathoda pas panguwa (all parts),
  • Ranavara and belimal
  • Steam inhalation of the above hot vapor also facilitated for heaviness of head and sore throat. cinnamon tea and all herbal tea
  • Herbal porridge (gotukola, hatavariya,  yakinarang, elabatu, heenbovitya, beli )
  • But hot drinks are preferred for this illness.
  • Drink king coconut, young coconut            (kurumba) water
  • Drink more water (hot), herbal drinks, fresh fruits
  • Gargle with saltwater (hot) and curcumin (kaha), weniwalgata,
  • Steam inhalation – above herbs, citrus leaves, heen madurutala leaves, beli leaves, citronella, neem oil                                         

 

 

 

 

 


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