Ayurveda describes several drugs as Rasayana and ojovardhak remedies, which are claimed to possess immunomodulatory effects.
Coronaviruses (CoV) is like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) & MERS (the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), which cause symptoms like common flu. It causes respiratory tract infection, cough, sneezing, etc but is more fatal than SARS & MERS. Common signs & symptoms of infection include running nose, cough, cold, headache, sore throat, fever and breathing difficulties. The infection is more common in people with cardiopulmonary diseases, compromised immune system, infants, older adults & pregnant women. The said virus attacks people who have less immunity of respiratory the system.
Well, since the disease is new in appearance, the opinion on the efficacy of Ayurveda in tackling coronavirus is based on the fundamentals of ayurvedic medicines to treat such situations. Recently a report came out which claims, traditional Chinese medicine is helpful in coronavirus likewise Ayurveda is helpful in such viral infections. As per Ayurveda, any disease shall be treated on the following fundamentals:
- Nidan Parivarjan (i.e. Avoidance of disease-causing and aggravating factors)
- Samprapti Vigatan (i.e. breakdown of path-physiology)
- Vyadhi-Samtva (i.e. Immunity booster)
Symptomatic Treatments by Dr Pooja Kohli (VP – Ayurveda Growth, NirogStreet)
It is essential to diagnose the condition which we are going to manage & the process of diagnosis is called Nidana in Ayurveda. It also encompasses the idea to refrain from precipitating or aggravating factors of the disease in case of coronavirus to maintain hygiene & stay away from infected one is important Nidan parivarjan.
It is very important to understand the Pathophysiology of a disease occurring in the body. Systematic occurrences of pathogenesis which help understand how the breakdown of pathophysiology can be achieved while thinking about its treatment. In the case of Coronavirus, since it is new disease pathophysiology is not understood so only symptomatic treatment can be done along with boosting immunity.
If a person has a strong immune system the virus can be neutralized to an extent. So building immunity is the best way to fight against viruses. Since Coronavirus infection leads to respiratory ailments, we need to strengthen our immune system that protects the respiratory system. In coronavirus, according to Ayurveda, Pranvaha Strotas is involved & scattered reference of various Rasayana Aushadies in different disorders are available in various classics with special interactions with the Srotas involved are available & for Pranavaha srotas few of rasyanas are as follow:
- Agastya Haritaki Rasayana
- Chyavanaprasa Rasayana
- Emblica Officinalis has been reported to have immunomodulatory properties
- Vasanthakumar Ras
Puskaramoola, Abhaya, Trikatu, Brihati, Kantakari, Tulasi, Ela etc are very frequently mentioned drugs for the treatment of different Pranavaha Sroto vikaras. Few of classical medicines are also very effective in solving breathing-related issues are Talishadi Churn, Sitopladi Churn and Laxmi Vilas Ras.
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