The novel Corona virus since its first outbreak reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019 has created global crisis. Each day thousands of people are being infected and till date thousands have lost their life. COVID-19 has created panic in almost each corner of the world. But it is also evident that not all infected people with corona lose their life, there are also good number of people who are recovering. Number of scientist across the globe are into the study of features of COVID-19, its pathogenesis and measures to prevent, control and cure it, yet specific vaccination and medicines are to be discovered. Data till date suggest that elderly people above age of 60 years, children and people with co morbidities or weak immune system are at greater risk and young people have higher chance of recovery.
COVID-19 as declared pandemic has become a global challenge; we can combat this crisis by adopting various preventive measures to check the spread of virus and by boosting our immune system to fight against it.
Immunity interpreted as Vyadhikshmatwa in Ayurveda plays an important role in maintaining good health. Vyadhikshmatwa is the power of the body which prevents the development of disease or resists the onset of developed disease. Ayurveda defines number of methods to enhance and maintain Vyadhi kshamatwa. Some measures are initiated before birth, some we can adopt on daily basis and some at regular intervals.
Daily regimes to enhance immunity:
One of the component of health in Ayurveda is state of Prasanna atma, mana and indriya, which reflects the balanced state of spiritual, mental and sensorial health. Psychological and physiological stress releases different stress hormones that suppresses the immune system. Increased stress levels decreases immunity.
At the current situation COVID-19 is one of the stressor. Releasing our fear, understanding the situation, adopting appropriate preventive measures can help us lower the stress related to COVID-19. Being positive, culturing positive attitudes and emotions (Sadvritta and Sadachara), laughing, sharing and dancing are also effective measures to reduce stress and thereby maintain immune system.
Ayurveda advocate use of Shada rasa (Six taste viz: Sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent) in our meals to attain health.
Prefer more of balanced diet and nourishing food that are easy to digest like:
A healthy daily regime as mentioned are simple yet powerful measures to help our body optimize our immune system:
Number of herbs and spices with natural antioxidants, antiviral and immune modulators are described in Ayurveda: