Measles Immunization Day 2020: Measles is one of the most severe viral diseases that cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and rashes on the entire body that often flow into each other. The disease, though rare now ever since the development of the measles vaccine, still kills around 100,000 people worldwide every year, most of them being children under the age of 5. The disease usually affects children under the ages of 10 to 12.
In Ayurveda, Measles is referred to as ‘Romantika’, meaning a disease that shows itself in the pores of the skin. Dosha vriddhi (vitiation of doshas), dosha prakopa (overflow of doshas) and strotavaigunya (etiological vectors in tissues) are some of the known causes of Measles. It’s an air-borne disease and easily spreads by touching objects previously touched by the infected person or by coughs or sneezes of the infected person. There are, however, many remedies in Ayurveda that can help tackle this menacing disease.
Ayurvedic prevention of Measles by Mohamad Yusuf N Shaikh, Founder Kudrati Ayurved
- Isolate yourself to ensure you do not infect anyone else with the disease.
- Foods like Parsley can help in a speedy recovery. Parsley makes rashes and blisters disappear quickly.
- Do not eat any food that is spicy, oily, fatty or difficult to digest. Foods that are likely to cause constipation should be avoided at all costs. Light foods like rice and barley seasoned with pepper should be adopted.
- Wear warm clothes and rest as much as you can.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
- Include citrus fruits in your diet.
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Ayurvedic treatment of Measles by Mohamad Yusuf N Shaikh
- Neem leaves have antiviral properties and they can help in both curing the infected person as well as preventing the disease from spreading to other people.
- Mint paste can be applied to rashes in the form of a paste. Its cooling property soothes the blisters and rashes. Sandalwood paste can also be applied to rashes as it has antiviral properties which prevent the infection from spreading. Saffron also accomplishes the same task.
- Ginger, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, can be used to reduce the onset of fevers.
- Lemon has a high concentration of vitamin C which helps in healing the rashes.
- Indian Grass has a cooling effect which helps calm the itching due to rashes. It also helps in keeping the fever under check.
- If the rashes cause excessive pain, clove oil can be used as a painkiller.
In Ayurvedic treatment, Measles is treated by emetic and purgation therapy. In some cases, fumigation therapy is also administered.
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