Swine Flu and Ayurveda
Swine influenza (also known as H1N1 or swine flu or hog flu or pig flu) is an infection caused by one of the several types of influenza virus. This virus is common through out pig populations worldwide. Common transmission of virus from pigs does not always lead to the disease. The meat of the infected animal poses no risk of infection when it is properly cooked. It is feared that the swine flu may become a major global pandemic in the cool seasons. Many countries are now trying to create vaccines and are planning massive vaccination programmes.
Transmission of the H1N1 virus happens through direct contact between infected animals and people with intensive exposure to poultry and pigs. Professionals such as veterinarians and meat-processing workers also have a high risk for infection.
Primary symptoms of Swine Flu
Swine flu can be fatal, more so in young children, pregnant women, and elderly people.
Common causes of death are:
a. Respiratory failure (Pneumonia)
All the medical systems in the world recommend that prevention is the best approach to swine flu. This has three components -
1. Prevention in Swine
Prevention through Complementary and Alternative Medicine
1. Regular practice of Pranayama (Bastrika and Kapalabhati), will increase the lungs capacity and immunity against any infection especially swine flu.
a. Juice of tulsi (basil) with honey
All remedies when mixed with one spoon of honey and taken twice or thrice a day is effective against the swine flu.
Ayurveda recommends medicated fumigation as an effective method of controlling any type of air borne infection. Gum resin of neem (Azadirachta indica), shallaki (Boswellia serrata), guggulu (Commiphora mukul), and white mustard are used as fumigants.
Common Ayurvedic remedies for Swine Flu
1. Dasamoola Katutryam Kashayam – An Ayurvedic, pure herbal formula, effective against all types of respiratory infections and poor immunity. It is also good for fever, cough, body pain, etc.
1. Timely intake of food, preferably warm food, is very important.
Ayurveda and other complementary medical systems can help in prevention and successful management of swine flu.
Ayurvedic detoxification and Rejuvenation
Detoxification and rejuvenation through Ayurveda is called Panchakarma. Panchakarma embodies five therapies that help eliminate toxins from the body. These are the Emesis therapy, the Purgation therapy, the Medicated Nasal Drops therapy, the Medicated Enema Therapy, and the Blood-letting therapy. These therapies have a dual purpose of removing toxins that cause stress and various ailments, while balancing the energies that govern all biological functions. Panchakarma ensures good health and well being by removing physical impurities from the body, and destructive and negative thoughts from the mind. It is important to mention here that Panchakarma is rendered ineffective if special detoxification diet is not given along with the treatment.
Conditions indicated for emesis: Bronchial Asthma, Chronic Allergies, Hay Fever, Hyperacidity, Chronic Indigestion, Nasal Congestion, Diabetes, Edema, Obesity, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, Psychological disorders, Skin disorders.
• Removes toxins from the body that are accumulated in the liver and gallbladder;
Conditions indicated for Purgation: Digestive disorders, Constipation, Hyperacidity, Chronic Fever, Diabetes, Asthma, Headaches, Elephantiasis, Skin disorders such as Herpes, Paraplegia, Hemiplegia, Joint disorders, Vitiligo, Psoriasis, and Gynecological disorders.
• Considered as the mother of all Purification treatments since it cleanses the accumulated toxins from all over the body through the colon;
Conditions indicated for Colonic Irrigation: Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Convalescence, Cervical Spondylosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Constipation, Colitis, Digestive disorders, Piles, Backache, Sciatica, Hepatomegaly, Splenomegaly, Obesity, and Sexual Debility & Infertility.
• Administration of medicated oil through nose to cleanse accumulated toxins from the head and neck region;
• Cleanses blood;
Benefits of Ayurvedic Detoxification and Rejuvenation