Ayurveda - A Befitting Reply to Covid 19
As we are aware about the coronavirus; it is a worldwide epidemic. It is a very critical situation the world is facing.
From the Ayurvedic point of view, COVID-19 is a janapadodhwamsa vikara (epidemic disease). The concept of an epidemic is described in Charaka Samhita: Vimana Sthana, Chapter 3. “… even though there is dissimilarity in the physical constitution of human beings, still there are such factors which are common to all individuals and vitiation of these factors leads to the simultaneous manifestation of diseases having the same set of symptoms leading to the destruction of countries. Factors which are common for all the inhabitants of a country are air, water, location and seasons.” [5, Vimana Sthana, 3/6] Janapadodhwamsa is a situation where the environment - air, water, land and seasons - is vitiated, causing a simultaneous manifestation of a disease among large populations (epidemic), destroying human habitations.
This is a period we have to follow our daily routine in a disciplined manner. We should wake up early in the morning, brush our teeth and clean our tongue and mouth. And top of that we should drink hot and warm water. To boost our energy tea with ginger, cinnamon and cardamom or basil (tulsi) can do wonders.
COVID-19 is a rapidly changing and evolving situation. The World Health Organization (WHO) is constantly monitoring it and updating the information available regarding its spread, mortality, and morbidity. So far in Modern Western Medicine (MWM), no cure has been found which is specific to COVID-19. However many Ayurvedacharyas claim that Ayurveda does have a reply for this pandemic.
Herbs & Spices for Covid Patients
Following are the categories of patients suffering from Covid 19 :
1. Unexposed asymptomatic group
This group includes persons who currently do not have any related symptom nor have any associated risk factor. Such category is most suitable for building immunity. Preventive interventions can both be medicinal or non-medicinal. Non-medical measures include healthy lifestyles, adequate physical activity, sufficient sleep, care of retainable and avoidance and isolation from infected persons are vital. Curative measures in Ayurveda herbs such as garlic (Allium sativum) peel, turmeric (Curcuma longa) powder, Carom or Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) seeds and Loban (resin of Styrax benzoin and Boswellia species) may also be a useful strategy for disinfection.
2. Exposed asymptomatic (quarantined)
This group comprises of people who do not show any symptoms however they are at risk due to contact history. They need to be quarantined carefully. Ayurvedic herbs for this group may include Sanjeevani vati and Chitrakadi vati and combination of Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale) and Haridra (C. longa).
3. With mild COVID-19 symptoms
This category relates to people found positive to Covid 19. They are required to be carefully isolated and monitored for any progress of the disease, along with giving adequate therapy to arrest the symptoms and balancing the vitiated doshas to control disease progression. Herbs administered for this category are Lakshmi Vilas Rasa, Pippali rasayana, Sanjeevani vati , C. vati, Go jihvaadi Kashaya, Vyaghri haritaki, Kantakaari Avaleha, Dashamul kwath, Sitopaladi , Talishadi, and Yashtimadhu .
4. With moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms
This category may be the population where the moderate to severe symptoms are already present. The patients of this category are at high risk. These patients require tertiary care from the beginning itself but can also be co-prescribed to prevent deteriote the further condition. Recommended formulations here may include P. rasayana, Laghu Vasant Malati, Sanjeevani vati, Tribhuvan keerti rasa , Brihata Vata Chintamni rasa, Mrityunjaya rasa, and Siddha makardhvaja rasa.
The need of the hour is that Indian government should capitalize on our old and holistic system to counter with this pandemic.
Disclaimer : The above herbs and spices are beneficial in the pandemic Covid 19. However all these herbs and spices should be treated as a preventive measure only. We do not claim that they are a definite cure for covid 19.