Thursday, August 20, 2009

Prevent swine flu, the ayurvedic way
Express News Service : 20 Aug 2009
BALASORE: With three persons testing positive for swine flu in the State till today and threat of the disease spreading looming large owing to the home-coming of thousands of Oriyas from affected cities like Pune and Mumbai, Ayurvedic physicians have advocated use of herbal and ayurvedic medicines to successfully battle the disease. The Ayurvedic way can be useful in battling swine flu from further spreading, say the experts.

“Use of tulsi, haldi, neem, bhu-neem (andrographis) and guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) are the best applications to prevent the H1N1 virus,” said Santanu Das, a visiting Reader in the department of Toxicology and Applied Medicine in SD Ayurvedic Medical College at Ranchi. “As a precautionary measure anyone can take Sudarshan Phanta (Sudarshan Churna in boiled water to be taken like tea),” he said.

Correlating the swine flu to ‘Vata Sleshmika Jwara’ from its signs and symptoms, Das who is the chief consultant of Narayani Ayurvedic Research Centre at Nayabazar here said, though there is no pharmacologically established drugs in Ayurveda to cure the disease, some immuno-modulating drugs will help in containing it.

“Consumption of 10 to 20 Tulsi leaves at a time is the most safest drug. Besides, turmeric powder is also useful as it is highly beneficial for the treatment of conjunctivitis which is also a viral disease. Similarly, neem increases Immunoglobulin-M (IgM) and Immunoglobulin-G (IgG) levels and stimulates the macrophage activities. While bhu-neem stimulates antigen and nonspecific immune response increase CD4 lumphocyte level, Guduchi increases IgG antibodies and is effective for strengthening the respiratory system,” he informed.

“While the available allopathy medicine Tamiflu is taken only after the disease is detected, Tribhuban Kirti Rasa, Dasamula Kwatha, Sudarshan Ghana Bati, Tulsi and Guduchi Kwatha, Sansaman bati are best medicines in Ayurveda,” said Rabi Narayan Acharya, Reader in Drabyaguna department in Institute for Post-Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurvedic University.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Herbs like tulsi can help fight swine flu, claim Ayurveda एक्सपर्ट्स
August 12th, 2009 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS -
New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) Medicinal herbs like tulsi, which is commonly found in people’s homes, can help boost one’s immunity and thus fight Influenza A (H1N1), say Ayurveda doctors.Preeti Chhabra, an Ayurveda doctor in the capital, said that medicinal herbs like tulsi, ashwagandha, guduchi and amla can help boost one’s immunity level, thus helping fight swine flu.
“Keeping the present scenario in mind, some medicinal herbs like ashwagandha, amla, guduchi and tulsi are very good to help boost the body’s immunity and thus help fight diseases. These can either be consumed individually or made into a concoction,” Chhabra told IANS.
“Tulsi in particular is a very good herb because it has both anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It can boost one’s immunity and also rejuvenate after a bout of illness. Therefore, although you can’t call it a cure, it can sure help fight H1N1 virus,” she added.
Rakesh Sharma, another Ayurveda expert, said: “Tulsi has the medicinal property that strengthens the body’s defence mechanism. Not only can it help boost your immunity level, but also help you recover faster.”
“A paste or juice made out of about 20 tulsi leaves, if had daily, will help one strengthen the immunity level and fight viruses like H1N1,” he added.
Kavia Sharma, a mother of two, said that she has started giving her children a thick concoction of tulsi early in the morning to strengthen their immunity level and ward off the H1N1 virus.
“These days I have started giving my children a tulsi paste every morning after soaking a few leaves in water overnight,” Sharma told IANS.
Bhumyamalaki, another herb, has the potential to boost one’s overall body defence mechanism, Chhabra added.
“Bhumyamalaki helps one in fighting diseases like Hepatitis B. And it can help in case of swine flu too,” she said.
Indian herb: Tulsi (basil) can help keep swine flu away: Ayurvedic experts

Lucknow, May 27: Wonder herb Tulsi can not only keep the dreaded swine flu at bay but also help in fast recovery of an afflicted person, Ayurvedic practitioners claim.

"The anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves the body's overall defence mechanism including its ability to fight viral diseases. It was successfully used in combating Japanese Encephalitis and the same theory applies to swine flu," Dr U K Tiwari, a herbal medicine practitioner says.

Apart from acting as a preventive medicine in case of swine flu, Tulsi can help the patient recover faster.

"Even when a person has already contracted swine flu, Tulsi can help in speeding up the recovery process and also help in strengthening the immune system of the body," he claims.

Dr Bhupesh Patel, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar is also of the view that Tulsi can play an important role in controlling swine flu.

"Tulsi can control swine flu and it should be taken in fresh form. Juice or paste of at least 20-25 medium sized leaves should be consumed twice a day on an empty stomach."

This increases the resistance of the body and, thereby, reduces the chances of inviting swine flu," believes Patel.

Monday, August 10, 2009

'Alternative medicines can cure swine flu'
Times of India: 10 August 2009, 10:03pm IST

At a time when swine flu is taking lives across the globe with India being no exception to it, very few know that its sure shot treatment is
hidden in the country itself. The oldest mode of medicine -- Ayurveda has a cure for the much talked about swine flu. While there is panic among people when it comes to the tests and medication of the H1N1 virus, the Ayurveda experts claim to know methods of prevention and cure of the disease.

In contrast to Allopathy medication being preferred by the apprehensive patients, there are few takers of the ayurveda medicines even if it claims to provide hundred per cent treatment. Dr Bhagwan Singh, principal and superintendent of State Ayurvedic College, Lucknow, says, "The disease (swine flu) and its treatment is already mentioned in our old books of medicines by sages. On the basis of the symptoms of swine flu, it has been given the name `vatashlesmic' fever in the ayurvedic medicine books."

He further added, "Whenever there is a change in the environment due to spurt in growth of any kind of virus, human beings are the first one to be affected by it. For treating a patient infected with H1N1 virus, ayurvedic medicines like Sanjawini Vati and Tribhuvan Kriti Ras can be given. These medicines are prepared by mixing 12-14 ayurvedic ingredients selected on the basis of the symptoms of the viral disease."

Ayurveda claims to have preventive medicine for H1N1 infection also. Professor, P S Srivastava, department of Kaya Chikitsa, State Ayurvedic College, Lucknow opines, "On the basis of symptoms like cough, cold, sore throat and fever, one cannot be considered as a patient of swine flu. So to be on the safer side, one could take a medicine named as Gurahi for the sake of prevention. Apart from this, one can also have tea or hot water adding black tulsi leaves to it and following other hygienic practices like using mask etc."

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Ayurvedic Management of Swine Flu
Pandemic of Swine flu has created panic in our region these days.
We have published an article at our website in which Dr.Joban Modha have tried to elaborate the Ayurveda management of Swine flu.
According to Ayurveda daily and dietary habits plays a major role in any disease. If your digestive fire is normal, your immunity will remain powerful and thus no infection can overrule you. Read complete article here