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They say, Life is a journey, I say, Yes, it is. But it is a journey of innumerable journeys. One such journey started a year back, on the occasion of International Yoga Day ,when I embarked on a voyage to connect with the Cosmos.
Cosmos Ayurveda, my wellness centre, celebrates its 1st anniversary today. It’s been an exciting journey so far, treating ailments, well being consultations, therapies, conducting workshops and much more. The journey has just begun though; as the word suggests, it’s a cosmos out there, waiting to be explored and of course cherished. Today, I seek your wishes and blessings for Cosmos Ayurveda !!! 🙏
Smile is what I wish
Dream is what I cherish
Shackle is what I break
Life is what I make
Life is what I make!!! …
The feeling of contentment is when your entry is chosen as the winning recipe in a cooking competition while you are away from your motherland but still cherish and implement the wisdom you inherited from your ancestors.
Borders cannot define how one should stay connected to your roots. As a lifelong disciple of the age-old faculty of Ayurveda and as a proud inheritor of the rich Indian cultural heritage; I feel extremely satisfied that I could portray our ancient wisdom in a food competition; thanks to the opportunity provided by our local community, ESAC, who skillfully organised it in this lockdown . My sincere thanks to the judges of the competition, who could relate to the ancient dining etiquettes prescribed by our ancestors. Also, my heartfelt gratitude to Vaidya Abhijeet Saraf, whose excellent literary work, “Sudshastra”, I referred. And last but not the least, Sanket, for helping out with the presentation and my son, Sarth, without whose coercion I wouldn’t have given my last minute entry. …
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.
प्रसंगात् गात्रसंस्पर्शात् नि:श्वासात् सहभोजनात् |
सहशैयासनाश्चापि वस्त्रमाल्यानुलेपनात् ||
कुष्ठं ज्वरश्च शोषश्च नेत्राभिष्यंद एव च |
औपसर्गिकरोगाश्च संक्रामन्ति नरात् नरम् ||
प्रसंगात् = Close relationship/intimacy with patient, including physical intimacy, kissing, etc.
गात्रसंस्पर्शात् = 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.
सहभोजनात् = By having meals together, viz., in same plate, on same table, in a party, buffet, hotel, marriage ceremony, gathering, etc.
सहशैया = Sharing the same bed/beddings of the patient
सहआसनात् = Sharing the same seat, viz., at home, in office, public places, etc.
वस्त्र_माल्य_अनुलेपनात् = 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; शोष = Respiratory disorders like Tuberculosis;
नेत्राभिष्यंद = Conjunctivitis; औपसर्गिक रोग = Epidemic diseases
संक्रामन्ति_नरात्_नरम् = 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 mediation, Pranayama (breathing exercises) and light exercises like Surya Namaskar (sun salutation), Shata-Pauli (walk hundred steps after each meal);
Maintain healthy sleeping habits
Dr. Pradnya More
MS Ayurveda (India)
M Sc. Public Health, University of Southampton (UK)
Founder @ Cosmos Ayurveda (www.cosmosayurveda.co.uk)
Note: References have been taken from Samhitas (ancient Ayurvedic texts) and fellow renowned Ayurveda colleagues …