Updated: Aug 23
Ayurveda, the science of life, has a lot of promising remedies for viral invasions. Nowadays, the virus is going through mutations & exhibiting very complex features. This creates a dilemma among all medical systems. This, in turn, calls for more & more research as well as analysis. No wonder the Ayurveda classic literature has brilliantly forecasted many measures to combat such situations. Without even the advent of any sophisticated technologies or inventory, Ayurveda has a lot to say in the coming future.
In Ayurveda, immunity is explained as that which opposes the strength of the disease as well as arrests the onset of disease. It depends upon the Prakriti (dosha constitution), time, digestive capacity (Agni) compatibility, etc.
Ayurveda is a treasure of super anti-viral herbs. Some of them can fight effectively against the virus that causes respiratory infections. Recently the COVID-19 has been a pandemic. If you are in the plight of finding measures to prevent or to increase the body s immunity. Then Ayurveda would be a perfect choice without a doubt. It is very important to introduce our super herbs to prevent powerful viruses like SARS-CoV-2 which is the cause of COVID-19.
Garlic- Strong smelling garlic cloves is an inevitable part of many of our delicacies. The power of garlic to fight viral infection is utilized in many diseases. It is a kitchen remedy indeed. It can flavor your menu & enhance the immune power. It stabilizes Kapha & Vata, it has 5 Rasas (taste) The active compound Allicin is responsible for its medicinal action. It is best recommended to crush or ground before eating directly. This increases the potency of the garlic. It acts very fastly to relieve your flue or cough. It also kills the viruses & prevents the progression of the disease
Ginger- This potential rhizome prevents the virus multiplication in the human body. It blocks the entry of the virus into the host cells. It normalizes the Vata dosha & maintains the normal respiratory functions. The active components like gingerols have a great effect on boosting immunity & maintain a healthy respiratory system. It normalizes vata as well as Kapha dosha. It is rejuvenating & anti-microbial.
Licorice- It is highly recommended in Ayurveda as well as Chinese herbal medicine too. It belongs to the group of herbs promoting longevity. It normalizes vata & pitta. It fights inflammation & tones the circulation in the body. The active ingredient glycyrrhizin has found to have anti-viral action. It has been used as a research drug for fighting the COVID-19. It has proven effects in boosting immunity.
Tulsi or the holy basil leaves- It is a very common drug of choice which has been used for flu & related symptoms for centuries. It is a popular garden herb that destroys all the viral invasions. It alleviates the vitiated Kapha dosha, thereby relieves the accumulated mucous & waste.
Remedies for you!
Ginger drink can be made with crushed ginger 1 spoon with 5 peppercorns crushed with brown sugar/jaggery/honey. This is an amazing drink if you are suspecting flu or dry cough. This can be taken early morning or after your meals.
Garlic cloves can be toasted in a pan without adding any oil/fat. This toasted clove of garlic can be chewed to relieve throat pain & breathing difficulties
Tulsi leaves can be crushed to make a juice. The juice can be taken with honey to cure all breathing problems.
Mint leaves juice with honey for respiratory infections