Influenza

Influenza from the point of view of Ayurveda

Influenza is a viral infection that attacks respiratory system — nose, throat and lungs. Influenza is commonly called the flu, but it's not the same as stomach "flu" viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting. For most people, the flu resolves on its own. But sometimes, influenza has complications. At first, the flu may seem like a common cold with a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. But colds usually develop slowly, whereas the flu tends to come on suddenly. Common signs and symptoms of the flu include – Fever, aching muscles, chills and sweats, headache, dry, persistent cough, shortness of breath, tiredness and weakness, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, eye pain, vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more common in children than adults. Influenza viruses travel through the air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. You can inhale the droplets directly, or you can pick up the germs from an object — such as a telephone or computer keyboard — and then transfer them to your eyes, nose or mouth.

How Ayurvedic doctors treat Influenza

The Ayurvedic approach to influenza is based on the condition of the host rather than the nature of the infective agent. Doshas, getting increased by their respective causes, enter amashaya (the stomach) combine with ama ( toxins) , obstruct the channels, drive the fire to the exterior and moving along with it make great increase of heat in the body. A typical influenza might fit the description of a pitta-kapha fever, with symptoms of shivering, stiffness, sweating, burning sensations, thirst, cough, and elimination of phlegm and yellow or green secretions.Herbs such as Turmeric, Tulsi and Neem may lead to effective results in treatment process. An herbal formula to detoxify rasa and rakta and stimulate the immune response with herbs such as Pippali, turmeric, and Triphala, will be of value during this season. Immune Support is a combination that includes these traditional herbs as well as Echinacea and Osha. Ayurvedic therapy means the removal of toxins, cleansing the body using a variety of methods – including fasting, dietary changes, fluid intake. An Ayurvedic doctor can also recommend Panchkarma procedures, which are one of the most effective remedies. Different types of sweating techniques and breathing techniques are also an effective scenario

Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Influenza:

  • STOP SMOKING 

  • Keep your weight healthy 

  • Have exercise every day – walking, Yoga

  • Sun bath is a good vitamin D source

  • The Queen of Herbs” Tulsi  –  helps improve the ability to fight against the common cold and cough

  • Chew 4-5 tulsi leaves the first thing in the morning

  • Pippali is an effective herb in managing cough and cold

  • Cinnamon is known to have antiviral properties –use it as tea or spice in food 

  • Practice Pranayama and stretching to relieve chest constriction

  • Gargling with salt water loosens excess mucus and removes bacteria and fungi from the throat

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