Ayurveda and Covid-19

NAMASTE!!! Yes, Namaste, the age-old form of Indian greeting, is becoming the most accepted
form of greeting around the world today. If Namaste can be accepted as a means to follow social
distancing and stop the spread of Covid-19; I see no reason why the ancient Indian wisdom of
Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicinal System) cannot be accepted as a tried and tested means to
stop the spread of epidemic diseases (औपसर्गिकरोग), like Covid-19 and help boost one’s immunity.
Ayurveda aims for “Prevention” of diseases amongst healthy individuals & “Protection” of health
amongst the sick. Although research is still in progress to find a precise cure for COVID-19 from a
“Protection” perspective; we can definitely exercise the “Prevention” angle of Ayurveda.

STOP THE SPREAD

The following Ayurveda shloka (Verse) found in the ancient texts is a very apt reference point for
epidemic diseases.

प्रसंगात्गात्रसंस्पर्ाित्नि:श्वासात्सहभोजिात्|
सहर्ैयासिाश्चापप वस्त्रमाल्यािुलेपिात्||
कुष्ठं ज्वरश्च र्ोषश्च िेत्राभभष्यंद एव च |
औपसर्गकि रोगाश्च संक्रामन्तत िरात्िरम्||
प्रसंगात्= Close relationship/intimacy with patient, including physical intimacy, kissing, etc.
गात्रसंस्पर्ाित्= Physical touch, including handshake, hugs, indoor/outdoor sports of physical
interaction, crowded places like buses, trains, etc.
नि:श्वासात्= From breath of the patient, especially when the patient is in close contact, e.g.,
crowded place; including the droplets through sneezing, coughing, etc.
सहभोजिात्= By having meals together, viz., in same plate, on same table, in a party, buffet, hotel,
marriage ceremony, gathering, etc.
सहर्ैया = Sharing the same bed/beddings of the patient
सहआसिात्= Sharing the same seat, viz., at home, in office, public places, etc.
वस्त्रमाल्यअिुलेपिात्= Sharing clothes, ornaments, cupboards; including brushes (especially in
saloons, barber shops), nail cutters, etc.
The above are a few amongst many reasons/situations for the following.
कुष्ठं = Skin diseases; ज्वर = Fever; र्ोष = Respiratory disorders like Tuberculosis;
िेत्राभभष्यंद = Conjunctivitis; औपसर्गिक रोग = Epidemic diseases
संक्रामन्ततिरात्िरम्= Spread from one person to the other
Conclusion – Avoid the causative factors mentioned in the shloka (verse) above to stop the spread of
diseases.

PREPARE YOUR BODY FOR SEASONAL CHANGES
Transition from winter to spring, gives rise to seasonal ailments like hay fever, cough, cold, running
nose. This can create an obstacle for the differential diagnosis of COVID-19 versus other flu like
symptoms.
One needs to prepare his/her body mindfully by avoiding the following –
➢ Over exposure to cold including drinking cold water, having cold shower, etc. (It is easy to
get attracted to such activities during summer when the Sun gets warmer)
➢ Drinking water before sleeping
➢ To cleanse your body, avoid fried, fermented, sour and heavy foods like bakery items
➢ Avoid sleeping during the day

BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
Ayurveda emphasizes the natural process of healing by creating an unfavourable environment for
any toxins (biological, chemical, physical).
Few easy to follow guidelines to help increase your immunity –
➢ Drink boiled water (“ArdhShruta“= Water should be boiled till it is reduced to half of its
quantity)
➢ Immunity boosting detox water; which includes equal quantity of cinnamon, lemon, fennel,
pepper, Indian gooseberry, turmeric, cloves, basil leaves (Tulsi) coriander and ginger
➢ Don’t eat anything unless you feel hungry; this is to balance your metabolism
➢ If there isn’t any fever; have a balanced nutritional diet including grains, lentils, cooked
vegetables, cooked salads
➢ If manifestation of fever; have Ayurvedic khichdi diet
➢ Apply two drops of coconut or sesame oil, in each of the nostrils, first thing in the morning
➢ Daily gargles of turmeric and saltwater
➢ Steam inhalation (put two drops of eucalyptus in boiling water) twice or thrice a day
➢ Fumigate your residence by heating Ajwain (Ajowan Caraway)
➢ To maintain your mental and Pranik (life force energy) health; include meditation,
Pranayama (breathing exercises) and light exercises like Surya Namaskar (sun salutation),
Shata-Pauli (walk hundred steps after each meal);
➢ Maintain healthy sleeping habits

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