Friday, August 7, 2020

Time to brave, not to fear against COVID-19

 TMI Bureau

Port Blair, Aug 05: Apart from COVID-19 pandemic, the people these days are in stress or fear with the word "COVID-19 or Coronavirus". But, as a human we have to be brave in facing it with our immunity alongwith psychological support.

However, the level of stigma associated with COVID-19 is based on three main factors: 1) it is a disease that's new and for which there are still many unknowns; 2) we are often afraid of the unknown; and 3) it is easy to associate that fear with 'others'. It is understandable that there is confusion, anxiety, and fear among the public. Unfortunately, these factors are also fueling harmful stereotypes.

In our A&N Islands, of course the cases are touching highest double digit figure per day. As on 05/08/2020, 99 new cases all from contacts identified, with this in our Islands total breached 1027 among them 687 active and 14 have died. But, the good news is 326 were recovered and more will definitely will recover from COVID-19 and their life will go on with their jobs, families and loved ones.

Moreover, the Ministry of AYUSH recommends some self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health.

Ayurveda’s immunity boosting measures for self care during COVID 19 crisis

In the wake of the Covid 19 outbreak, entire mankind across the globe is suffering. Enhancing the body’s natural defence system (immunity) plays an important role in maintaining optimum health.

We all know that prevention is better than cure. While there is no medicine for COVID-19 as of now, it will be good to take preventive measures which boost our immunity in these times.

Ayurveda, being the science of life, propagates the gifts of nature in maintaining healthy and happy living. Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care, derives from the concepts of “Dinacharya” - daily regimes and “Ritucharya” - seasonal regimes to maintain healthy life. It is a plant-based science. The simplicity of awareness about oneself and the harmony each individual can achieve by uplifting and maintaining his or her immunity is emphasized across Ayurveda’s classical scriptures.

Ministry of AYUSH recommends the following self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health. These are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.

Recommended Measures

I General Measures

1. Drink warm water throughout the day.

2.   Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation for at least 30 minutes as advised by Ministry of AYUSH (#YOGAatHome #StayHome #StaySafe)

3.   Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking.

II    Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures

1.   Take Chyavanprash 10gm (1tsf) in the morning. Diabetics should take sugar free Chyavanprash.

2.   Drink herbal tea / decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin) - once or twice a day. Add jaggery (natural sugar) and / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.

3.   Golden Milk- Half tea spoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk - once or twice a day.

III  Simple Ayurvedic Procedures

1.   Nasal application - Apply sesame oil / coconut oil or Ghee in both the nostrils (Pratimarsh Nasya) in morning and evening.

2.   Oil pulling therapy- Take 1 table spoon sesame or coconut oil in mouth. Do not drink, Swish in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and spit it off followed by warm water rinse. This can be done once or twice a day.

IV  During dry cough / sore throat

1. Steam inhalation with fresh Pudina (Mint) leaves or Ajwain (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once in a day.

2.   Lavang (Clove) powder mixed with natural sugar / honey can be taken 2-3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation.

3.   These measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist.

1    The above measures can be followed to the extent possible as per an individual’s convenience.

2    These measures are recommended by following eminent Vaidyas from across the Country as they may possibly boost an individual’s immunity against infections.

1. Padma Shri Vaidya P R Krishnakumar, Coimbatore

2. Padma Bhushan Vaidya Devendra Triguna, Delhi

3. Vaidya P M Varier, Kottakkal

4. Vaidya Jayant Devpujari, Nagpur

5. Vaidya Vinay Velankar, Thane

6. Vaidya B S Prasad, Belgaum

7. Padma Shri Vaidya Gurdeep Singh, Jamnagar

8. Acharya Balkrishna j i, Haridwar

9. Vaidya M S Baghel, Jaipur

10. Vaidya R B Dwivedi, Hardoi UP

11. Vaidya K N Dwivedi, Varanasi

12. Vaidya Rakesh Sharma, Chandigarh

13. Vaidya Abichal Chattopadhyay, Kolkata

14. Vaidya Tanuja Nesari, Delhi

15. Vaidya Sanjeev Sharma, Jaipur

16. Vaidya Anup Thakar, Jamnagar

Disclaimer: The above advisory does not claim to be treatment for COVID19.

Do's: Maintain personal hygiene and physical distancing; Wear a mask / cloth to cover your mouth and nose; Practice frequent hand washing. Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rub. Wash hands even if they are visibly clean; Cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief / tissue while sneezing and coughing; Throw used tissues into closed bins immediately after use; Maintain a safe distance from persons during interaction, especially with those having flu-like symptoms; Sneeze in the inner side of your elbow and not to cough into the palms of your hands; Check temperature regularly and check for respiratory symptoms; See a doctor if you feel unwell (fever, difficulty in breathing and coughing); and for any fever / flu-like signs / symptoms, please call State helpline number.

Don'ts: Shake hands; Have a close contact with anyone, if you're experiencing cough and fever; Touch your eyes, nose and mouth; Sneeze or cough into palms of your hands; Spit in Public; Travel unnecessarily, particularly to any affected region; Participate in large gatherings, including sitting in groups at canteens; Visit gyms, clubs and crowded places etc; and Don't Spread rumours or panic.

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