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Ayurveda has been around for millennia and has offered effective cures for all ailments. Yet it is not often the first resort people turn to when dealing with epidemics. That seems to be changing now with the ancient healing system proving time and time again that it just might have the best remedies that can cure you without unleashing a whole other set of maladies in the form of side effects.
Currently India is witnessing the worst ever case of H1N1 or swine flu and although effective, over time, the virus seems to have developed resistance to the allopathic medicines used for treatment, not to mention the unwanted side effects. This is where Ayurveda steps in.
According to Ayurveda, Swine Flu is a kind of fever triggered off by the aggravation of the three Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha and treatment is given based on the constitution of the patient instead of a ‘one size fits all’ remedy. The medicines prescribed in the system, usually poly herbal concoctions, have both preventive and therapeutic properties. Ayurveda also suggests developing some lifestyle habits that could boost immunity and help resist the attack of the virus. These include regularly taking herbal tonics, meditation, pranayama, inclusion of foods that are anti-oxidant in nature, and avoiding junk food and processed foods.
This is official in Rajasthan, where the Government of Rajasthan has stepped in with Ayurveda against swine flu by forming a collaboration of several Ayurvedic Universities and colleges in the state, which supplies free medicines to government hospitals and Ayurvedic dispensaries. Taking their cue from Rajasthan, several other state governments are also considering going the Ayurvedic way to tackle the menace.