Ayurveda during Covid-19

Covid-19 was first found in the hospital of Wuhan city of China. Either human or other creatures were contaminated by single-stranded RNA viruses. Such virus was first detected from common cold suffering patients. Coronavirus has subfamilies such as alpha, beta, gamma and delta coronaviruses. Alpha and beta-coronaviruses are determined in mammalians like bats. Gamma and delta coronaviruses are determined in pigs and birds. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, protective measures are being taken such as quarantine, lockdown, shutting down of shopping malls, restaurants. Before Covid-19, 135 million people suffered from food insecurity. According to UN-WFO (United Nations World Food Program) 265 million people suffering from food insecurity. The pandemic is still a risk to human business health like restaurants, hotels, small and large scale industries, farmers, consumers etc.

In India and Nepal, Ayurveda is being practiced. Health and food are the basic criteria depending upon having individually holistic mean. Dhosa such as Vata(V), Pitta(P) and Kapha(K). Tridosha (unique balance of Vata, Pitta, Kapha) is the determination of food, treatment and health. Every tri-dosha has its respective behaviour. V is connected via degeneration activities, motion of the body, mental and physical health. P is connected via vision, metabolic activities and emotional behaviour. K signifies synthetic, generation and recombination.

For healthy life and wellbeing, Ayurveda has prescribed time for food consumption. Good health (Swastha) depends upon the equilibrium of dosha (humour), Dhatus (tissues) and Malas (waste products). The health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, heart attack are caused due to a lack of understanding about Dinacharya. The wake-up time (Brahma muhurta) should be 96 minutes before sunrise because it decreases negativity and increases positivity. Urinating well increases the glow-ness of the skin, strengthens the body and manages the digestive system is excretion (Malotsarjan). Due to Udvartana (rubbing of the body), there will be an increase in skin complexion, blood vessels dilation, stability of energy level and decrease of Kapha dosha in the body. Food (Bhojan) should be sattvic and half of the stomach should be filled with nutritive food, one-fourth of the stomach with liquid and rest one-fourth for hallow air for proper digestion.

“Healthy mind only survives in a healthy body”.

In Nepal, Gurjo (Tinospora Cordifolia) an ayurvedic medicine used in the treatment of Covid-19 infected people and the results are being observed. But there is no scientific basis that these herbal medicines cure corona but increases the immunity to fight diseases. The edible consumption of turmeric also provides health benefits. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory behaviour. Due to the consumption of curcumin low number of deaths are noticed for SARS-CoV-2 infections. Health must be able to defeat any infections for which lifestyle must be modified. Ayurveda manages health instead of cure of health.  

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