Swine flu is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. The main symptoms associated with Swine flu includes flu like symptoms such as Fever, chills, cold, cough, body aches, sore throat etc. Some other respiratory symptoms associated with it include rhino-rhea, nasal congestion, vomiting, diarrhea, headache etc. it is a communicable disease and can easily spread from an infected person to a healthy person when he/she comes in contact the infected individual.
One can take the precautions to prevent the infection. When you go out cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief. Wash your hands when you come back from outside, and before eating the food. Do not use other person’s towels, utensils etc. who are infected by the virus. Avoid going out if you are feeling sick.
Antiviral medications are available in the market that is given to prevent the viral infection. These may cause unwanted side effects. Ayurveda gives you natural herbs that are safe and effective and do not cause any side effects.
In Ayurveda, respiratory infection is believed to be the result of weakened immunity. Your body does not have the power to fight against the harmful disease causing germs. Ayurvedic herbs help to strengthen your immunity to fight against the harmful germs. First of all medicines are given to bring the digestive system on the track. Medicines such as Guduchi (licorice), Tulasi (Holy Basil), Sahadevi, Neem (Indian Margosa Tree), Shunthi (ginger), Pippali (pepper) etc. are given to correct the digestive fire. Once the digestive system is under control, herbs such as Triphala, Rasna, Eranda, Guggulu can be used to relieve the symptoms.
Person with weak immunity is advised to take a very light diet. Oily and Fatty food should not be taken when you are infected with the virus and your immunity is weak. You can add spices such as cumin seeds, asafetida, turmeric, coriander etc in your food that help in boosting the digestion and also helps in cleansing your system. Other important herbs that are effective are Elderberry extract, Echinacea extract and Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
If your nose is stuffed you can use the oil of eucalyptus (nilgiri in Ayurveda) that is found to be very effective in such condition. For stuffed nose, you can also put a few drops of this oil in the lukewarm water and take steam. You will immediately get relief from the blocked nose. You will feel better.
Patient is advised to take complete rest as a good sleep and rest helps in the fast recovery.
One should take good diet while suffering from the Swine flu. Some of the important ayurvedic herbs used for Swine flu include MAHA-LAXMI VILAS RAS, ABHRAK BHASM, SHRUNG BHASM, RAS SINDUR, SHRUNGYADI CHURNA, TALISHADI CHURNA, TRIBHUVAN KIRTI RAS, and GAUJIWHYADI KWATH.
Some of the important ayurveci herbs that are used as a preventive for swine flu include
SAPTAPARNA (Alstonia scholaris), KUTAKI (Picrorhiza Kurroa) CHIRAITA (Swertia Chirata), the seed powder of LATA KARANAJ (Caesalpinia Crista) and GILOY SATWA, take all herbs and grind them together in equal proportions to make powder. Take 2 Grams of this powder two times in the day, once in the morning and once in the evening with honey or lukewarm water.
Medicines such as Tribhuvan-Kirti-Ras, Sitopaladi-Churna, Triphal-Guggulu, Maha-Sudarshan-Churna, Shwas-Kuthar-Ras, Laxmi-Narayan-Ras, Sut-Shekhar-Ras and Samshamani-Vati are proved to be very effective to treat the flu-like symptoms of fever, body ache and cough.
Ayurveda has proved to be very effective system of medication as it does not produce any side effects and all the medicines are safe and effective without any side effects. Persons who have good immunity are affected less by the virus whereas persons who have weak immunity are affected easily. Symptom complex of swine flu are believed to be same as that of kapha-vata jvara. Thus, herbs such as guduchi, shunthi (ginger), kantakari are effective for Swine flu. All these herbs are proved to very effective in fever. These herbs also help to build up your immunity and fight against the virus. Once your digestive fire is on the track, all other symptoms also go away.
Another important herb used for respiratory infections is Pippali. If there is excessive secretion of mucus from the lungs, it is the best herb that will help to reduce the inflammation of the respiratory tract. These herbs can he given in acute cases of swine flu and also to prevent infection.
Tulsi has been proved to be an effective herb in fighting with the symptoms of swine flu. Tulsi helps in sore throat, stuffed nose and other flu like symptoms. It also provides strength to your immune system.
Different herbs are prescribed since ancient times to prevent any infection in the body. All the natural herbs used in Ayurvedic system of medicines are safe and do not cause any side effects. It helps to treat the disease from its root cause.
By adrianna smith
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