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  • Leading Ayurveda Way of Life Will Help Fight SecondWave of Deadly Coronavirus

    Published on April 27, 2021

    India is in the grip of a fast-spreading second wave of the deadly coronavirus. No state is spared and there is general panic around. Adding to the panic is the emergence of infections or flu indicated by symptoms like runny nose, sore or strep throat, body ache, stiffness, headache, shortness of breath resulting in drowsiness, weakness, sluggishness. These symptoms depend on the type of virus or other pathogens involved. The symptoms differ and sometimes depend upon the comorbid conditions of a person or a patient.

    When a person has flu or an infection, there is an extra dose of accompanying panic as the symptoms are closely associated with Covid-19 too. At the same time, one cannot brush aside infections even if it is not COVID because it could be serious or even fatal.

    Viruses are known to be the main causative factor for infections or seasonal flu along with some other allergens like dust, pollen, air pollution, smoke etc. There are more than 200 known viruses and many more other pathogens present in the atmosphere. What is alarming is that new viruses, differing in severity and characteristics, are also emerging which pose new problems for humanity.

    “For bacterial infections, antibiotics are available, but for other pathogens, specifically viral infections, antibiotics may not work and neither is any medicine available for treating such viruses. The best way is to adopt the ancient method of Ayurveda to keep the body’s immune system in fit and in fighting mode. The strength of the immune system depends on how efficiently the body functions and utilizes its sustenance-energy from within one’s physiology,” said Mr Anand Shrivastava, Chairman, Maharishi Ayurveda.

    Research at Maharishi Ayurveda has proved that Human Physiology has the innate ability to handle the viruses appropriately. However, this is dependent on the strength of one’s immune system or defence mechanism which can get compromised due to lifestyle diseases.

    What needs flagging is that the body’s immune system depends upon what we eat, how we eat, how well it is being digested to produce different tissues to maintain the normal functioning of the system. If we eat junk food or something that is not appropriate for the body-type of an individual, proper digestion will not take place and undigested food will create toxins, called Ama in Ayurveda.

    The Ama can spread in the body system and disturb normal functioning of physiology. In the process, immunity is compromised. A person moving around with compromised immunity is likely to get infected by the increased presence of viruses or other pathogens in the atmosphere during change of season.

    “Ayurveda recommends multimodality approach to take care of health during change of season in such a way that the physiology continues to function with peak performance while maintaining sufficient reserve for our immune system to enable us to face mental and physical stresses, and to protect us from external infectious invasions including allergens and viruses. Ayurvedic texts have copious references to herbs that can shore up the body’s immune system. But with changing times and with an exponential outburst in lifestyle diseases, organisations like Maharishi Ayurveda have embarked on research to fine-tune the combination of herbs and plants,” said, Dr Saurabh Sharma, Hospital Superintendent, Maharishi Ayurveda.