The rate at which the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading in the world is quite alarming. Within a span of months this virus has spread across the world infecting millions of people and taxed thousands of lives. Even though the lockdown and social distancing are not able to fully stop this virus from spreading. After the months of complete lockdown and scientist from all across the world are trying to find a cure and vaccines of this deadly virus. It is going to take time and we all have to be patient regarding this as being stressful about this coronavirus pandemic is not help in reality.
Transmission of COVID-19
Novel coronavirus or COVID-19 is caused due to the family of SARS coronavirus that has spread all across the globe with at least millions of confirmed cases and thousands of deaths. Despite all the major effort by the government still, we are not able to control its spread. The symptom of this deadly virus includes sore throat, cold, cough, congestion, runny nose and in the severe case can lead to pneumonia that can cause death. Although social distancing and maintain hygiene is one of the major precautionary measures to stop the spread of the disease. However, it is the time to actually go back to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda as this ancient wisdom is the best source to boost immunity.
Ayurveda as a tool of prevention of this deadly virus
Ayurveda has two major aims one is swasthaparayana that is the prevention of disease and the other is athuraparayana which deals with the cure of disease. It is the time to look into our dincharya and live according to Ayurveda and yoga because due to this not only will increase your body immunity but also make you physically and mentally strong enough to fight this deadly disease. In Ayurveda, the concept of immunity is Sahaja, kalaja and yuktikrut. The practices and therapies are solely based on the constitution or doshas of the individuals.
Ayurvedic practices to prevent coronavirus
Herbal and medicated tea
In Ayurveda, herbal and medicated tea is recommended to maintain the Agni of the body. It is recommended to drink the herbal concoction of ginger, cumin, coriander, fennel and boil it and drink this concoction in the morning and prior your every meal. Also, this herbal water will help in reducing inflammation, and allergies like asthma and rhinitis apart from enhancing your metabolism. Incorporate spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon in your daily cooking to aid in digestion. It fresh fruit and vegetable as they are full of prana energy.
Clear Ama from your body
Ama is a toxin buildup in the body due to low Agni; it is a study residue that first accumulates in the digestive system and then circulates in the body and leads to many diseases. Ayurvedic therapies like panchakarma help in removing the toxins from the body and help in building immunity.
Practice oil pulling followed by gargle
In Ayurveda, oil pulling is an effective tool to remove ama from the body. Take 1 to 2 tablespoon of sesame oil or coconut oil and squish around your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes and spit it out followed by warm and medicated water gargle. This will help in cleansing the oral cavity, pharynx and tonsillar area that are coated with the mucous layer. This helps in cleansing oral cavity which is the first layer of the defence system of the body and the also cure the problem of sore throat, ulcers and kind of infection in the oral cavity.
Nasya and steam inhalation
It is recommended to apply the medicated oil or simply ghee or sesame oil in your nose. This will help in preventing any pathogen or virus in your respiratory tract as it acts as a barrier for the entry of COVID in the system. This treatment in Ayurveda is known as Nasya. Also, steam inhalation with aromatic oil provides immense relief in the throat and nasal congestion, sinusitis. Hence improve in the conditioning of the nasal cavity and reducing inflammation.
Sweat it out
Sweating is an effective way to remove toxins from the body and in Ayurveda Swedana is recommended therapy to break the sweat. However, you can also sweat it out by practicing yoga. Yoga is a sister science of yoga that helps in stimulating the lymphatic system that in turn enhance your body immunity also it keep your calm in this stressful situation. In Ayurveda yoga should be a necessary part of your Dainik Dincharya and even if you are completely new to yoga you can also learn it at the comfort of your home through online yoga classes.
Due to COVID-19 lockdown, many yoga schools are offering online yoga courses in order to keep their yogic community safe. So keep moving as it is very important in this time of distress.