Dealing with COVID-19 Virus An ayurvedic perspective
We are now faced with need to accept living with the corona virus. Let’s not be panic
about it. Let’s be ready to deal with it if it arrives on our doorstep.
The virus affects people differently. Ayurveda recommends measures for a healthy lifestyle more
than the mere prescription of medicine. Charaka Samhita, the main classic text of Ayurveda,
describes epidemic management. It defines immunity as the ability to prevent disease, arrest its
progress and maintain homeostasis. The concept of building strength of mind and body to cope
with stressors, including infection, is a cornerstone of Ayurveda practice.
Ayurveda take a holistic approach to promoting health (Swasthavritta). The best thing you can do
is prepare your immune system to be ready to fight possible infection.
- Mindful eating
Environmental energy comes through food, which after digestion and metabolism, converts to
our bio-physical energy.
Consume a balanced diet containing fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.
- Improve agni
Ayurveda emphasises gut health (agni is our the digestive fire) so that the food we consume can
fully release its energy. Most of our health problems arise from weak or imbalanced
agni; therefore, we must make sure that the food we consume is digested properly.
Eat according to the natural strength of digestive cycle (a light breakfast and dinner with the main
meal at lunch time; cook foods with spices that warm the gut and build agni).
3. Cleanse the body- detox
When we are exposed to environmental toxins, or our agni becomes weak and imbalanced, our
doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) maybe become imbalanced. In Ayurveda, most health issues are due
to imbalanced doshas.
Ayurveda recommends we cleanse (detox) the body once or twice a year to combat the toxins
that build up over time. Please consult our practitioners to design a specialised panchakarma
program for your needs.
- Improve lifestyle
Follow ayurvedic lifestyle regimes. Start your day by cleansing your mouth, drinking a glass of
warm water with lemon, ginger and honey, and awakening your sense organs with
yoga. Exercise and meditate every day.
Research supports the idea that daily exercise and meditation improves our immunity.
- Taking immune-enhancing supplements and herbs
We recommend you take herbs and supplements regularly to improve agni and immunity, for
example Amala, Guduchi, Aswogandha, Shatavari, and Tulsi.
They are available in different combinations for their therapeutic value, and can be prescribed for
your individual needs.
6.More tips for improving your immunity
- Adequate sleep is essential for a well-functioning immune system. Make sure you
are getting at least 6-8 hours per night and take naps or rest periods throughout
the day. If you are struggling with stress or having trouble sleeping, we can
assist with herbal medicine options.
- Reduce your stress – limit the time you spend on social media, seek wise and calm
perspectives of your situation, be proactive and informed.
- Do things that bring you joy – finish a home project, play music, dance, paint, read
- Stay connected with family and friends – use video chats.
- Stay intimate with partners and children – give hugs to your family.
- Exercise your brain, be inspired and active – try podcasts, reading, and puzzles.
- Exercise your body – get outdoors into the sunshine, play and laugh in your back
yard, or on your balcony!