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How to Prevent Swine Flu (H1N1) Virus – Natural Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Swine Flu

Recent deaths due to swine flu and its complications created a major havoc amongst health professionals all over the world. Earlier in 2009, the similar condition was faced and in 2010, WHO declared the pandemic over. The only vaccine and medicine available for the treatment of swine flu is Tamiflu whose inconclusive results and reports by British Medical Journal has put the use of Tamiflu in pandemic under question.

Swine flu is not mentioned in classical texts of Ayurveda but the science explains the factors to be understood and followed to treat such a viral disease. The concept of Vata-Kaphaj jwara and Asthigata Jwara helps in understanding the prevention, diagnosis and management of this condition. Ayurvedic herbs for swine flu relieves throat, chest discomfort, headache, malaise, cough – which are all the H1N1 symptoms. Most of the herbs used in Ayurvedic treatment for swine flu are anti-pyretic and improve leucocyte count thus improving immunity.

HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS TO FIGHT SWINE FLU

What are the signs and symptoms of Swine Flu?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore-throat
  • Body ache
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting

The most common cause of death is respiratory failure. Other leading causes of death are pneumonia (leading to sepsis), high fever (leading to neurological problems), dehydration (from excessive vomiting and diarrhoea), electrolyte imbalance and kidney failure. Fatalities are more likely in young children and the elderly.

Diagnosis.

  • The CDC recommends real-time PCR as method of choice for diagnosing H1N1.  Diagnosis is done by the oral or nasal fluid collection and RNA virus preserving filter paper card is commercially available. This method allows a specific diagnosis of novel influenza (H1N1) as opposed to seasonal influenza.

Natural Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Swine flu

Drink plenty of liquids

  • Choose water, juice and warm soups to prevent dehydration.

Tulsi-(Ocimum sanctum)

  • Tulsi is a very common herb found in all homes in India. It has a large number of therapeutic uses. It keeps throat and lungs clear and helps in fighting infections by strengthening the immune system. Take 3-4 leaves of Tulsi every day in the morning.

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)

  • Giloy is a wonderful herb known by the name “Amrita” in Ayurvedic texts. It is commonly found in all parts of India. Take one-foot long branch of giloy, add 5-6 leaves of Tulsi and boil in water for 15-20 minutes to allow the water to extract its properties. Take this 1 cup warm water twice a day. This mixture will enhance the immunity of an individual.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

  • Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, anti-antioxidant and anti-biotic in nature. Take a warm glass of milk with some turmeric added to it.

Ginger and Amla

  • Ginger and Amla are powerful herbs with many health benefits mainly targeting respiratory system. Take 1 teaspoon amla powder, 1 teaspoon long pepper powder (pippali), 1 teaspoon ginger powder and 1 teaspoon sugar powder. Make a uniform mixture of amla, long pepper and ginger powder. This powder must be taken with a little sugar or with honey. This remedy is quite useful in chronic cough associated with swine flu. The dosage can be ½-1 gram and can be repeated upto 3 to 4 times a day depending on the condition.

Pippali (Long Pepper)

  • It is the herb of choice for all respiratory tract infections. It acts as a mucolytic which breaks down the mucous inside the lungs and widens the constricted small long pipes. Mixture of a pinch of black pepper powder with ½-1 teaspoon of honey twice a day is recommended.

Ginger

  • Ginger is a good broncho-dilator. Ginger juice mixed with honey is a good combination useful for improving lung functions. It also possesses powerful anti-oxidant activity.

Amla (Indian gooseberry)

  • Amla is rich in Vitamin C which is quite useful in boosting the body’s defence against infections. Take gooseberry’s juice with sugar or honey twice a day.

Preventive Measures

  • Stay home if you are sick – If you are suffering from Swine Flu (H1N1 flu), others can get infection from you. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Avoid Contact – Stay away from crowds if possible.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly – Use soap and water or if they are unavailable, use an alcohol based sanitiser.

Top 7 Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia-Fatigue

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain which is accompanied by fatigue, memory, sleep and mood issues. It is a chronic condition where is non-inflammatory tenderness in muscles, ligaments and joints. Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way by which brain processes pain signals. Fibromyalgia patients have been found to have lower levels of a brain neurotransmitter known as—serotonin which leads to lowered pain thresholds and increased sensitivity to pain. Serotonin also promotes calm and stable mental state.

Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia. Many people suffering from fibromyalgia also suffer from tension, headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. There is no cure of fibromyalgia in modern medicine but a variety of medicines are available to control its symptoms. Exercise and stress-reduction measures may also help.

Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

  1. Widespread pain—There is a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least 3 months. The pain occurs on both sides of the body and also above and below the waist.
  2. Cognitive difficulties—A symptom commonly known as—fibro fog impairs the ability to focus and concentrate on mental tasks.
  3. Fatigue—Patients suffering from fibromyalgia often awaken tired and the sleep is often disrupted by pain and many patients also develop sleep disorders like—restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
  4. Many patients who have fibromyalgia also experience depression, headaches or cramping pain in the lower abdomen.
  5. Stiffness
  6. Burning sensation
  7. Pain is usually severe on waking up in the morning and gradually decreases with passing of the day.

What are the causes of Fibromyalgia?

  1. Infections—Some illnesses trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
  2. Physical or Emotional Trauma—Post-traumatic stress disorder can be correlated with fibromyalgia.
  3. Heredity—Fibromyalgia tends to run in families.

Diagnosis

  • The diagnostic evaluation of fibromyalgia can take time, but this should not be the barrier in primary care practices. It is diagnosed on the basis of characteristic symptoms. Patient history, physical examination and ruling out co-morbid disorders are the cornerstones of fibromyalgia recognition. No radiological testing is required however some tests like—ESR, C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, a complete blood cell count, rheumatoid factor (RF) factor is recommended.

Fibromyalgia according to Ayurveda

  1. The Charak Samhita Sutrasthana Chapter 13 elaborates on the pre-eminence and primacy of the Vata dosha in the body. Acording to Master Charak, Vata is the physical energy of the body penetrating as a life force everywhere in the physiology. Fibromyalgia is classified as Mamsa Dhatugat (diseases affecting muscles and tendons) and Mamsavrut Vata (diseases due to excess of Vata dosha in muscles and tendons). It involves dysfunction in Vata Vaha Srota, Mamsa Vaha Srota and Mamsa Dhatvagni. It falls into a sub-type of disease known in Ayurveda as “Vatavyadhi”—the diseases caused primarily due to the vitiation of Vata dosha—the physiological energy responsible for the stability and activity of the nervous system.
  2. It is described in ancient texts as manifesting with a variety of possible and changing symptoms and signs including pain, stiffness, fatigue, gradual loss of movement, mental disturbance etc.  Dietary and lifestyle modifications are suggested in Ayurveda to correct the Vata imbalance. In Ayurveda, accumulation of toxins is believed to be the root cause of various auto-immune disorders like—rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylosis and fibromyalgia.
  3. The build-up of toxins can lead a person to feel fatigue all the time. When toxic accumulation takes its toll on the nerve tissue, it results into the symptoms of tenderness, sensitivity and pain. Therefore, cleaning of toxins becomes necessary. Primarily, samprapti (pathogenesis) originates in the gastro-intestinal tract, then branches out through the madhyama rogamarga, the middle channels of the pathogenic process of disease with special inclination for shleshma sthana especially mamsa dhatu (muscle tissue) and their corresponding channels.

Ayurveda uses a range of natural anti-arthritic herbs to treat this condition. Various herbs are

  • Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)—This herb is commonly known as “Salai Guggal”. It is a resin obtained from the tree and is purified and used to treat pain and inflammation. It has the potential to relieve pain naturally without having any side effects and is a popular natural anti-inflammatory herb used by Ayurvedic physicians across the world.
  • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)—It is considered as the most potent anti-arthritic herb effective in controlling pain and inflammation in arthritic conditions.
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)-–  This herb is commonly known by the name Indian ginseng by the western countries. This herb has anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties.
  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul)—This herb has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This herb helps particularly in osteo-arthritis.
  • Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)—This herb is one of the leading immunomodulators. This herb is known by the name “Amrita” meaning elixir for long life.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)—It is a very common anti-inflammatory herb that reduces inflammation and also a good analgesic.

Top 7 Home Remedies for Fibromyalgia:

  1. Grind 8-10 papaya seeds and mix it in a glass of water and boil it. Drink this water twice or thrice a day for a month.
  2. Drink freshly prepared cranberry juice or radish juice daily.
  3. Drinking freshly prepared juice of beetroot, carrot can help in fighting this condition, apart from improving overall health.
  4. Make Meditation as a part of your lifestyle.
  5. Regular Sleeping Habits—This is important for reducing pain
  6. Make a habit of morning walk every day.
  7. Epsom salt—Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. Epsom salt bath helps the body to absorb magnesium as fibromyalgia is associated with magnesium deficiency.

Diet—Things to be Taken

  • The best suited diet for fibromyalgia are vegetable juices, cow’s ghee, spices such as—ginger, coriander, asafoetida, turmeric, fennel, etc. It is a condition mainly associated with magnesium deficiency, so it is good to consume green leafy vegetables, soybeans, cashews, almonds. Taking omega-3 fatty acids help in creating a hormone prostaglandin that helps in reducing inflammation.
  • It is essential to drink plenty of water to flush out toxins from the body.

Things to be Avoided

  • Avoid eating spicy food, caffeine, refined sugar, yogurt.

Note : It should be noted that herbs give results but it will take some time for herbs to manifest in the body.