Entire humanity worldwide is suffering from the COVID-19 outbreak. Improving the natural system (immunity) of the body plays an important role in maintaining optimal health. We all know that it is better to be safe than sorry. While there is no vaccine or drug for Coronavirus as of now, it is recommended to take preventive actions that boost our resistance in these times.
Herbs do help boost your immunity and eradicate your body’s virus. And for this reason, in India, Ayush Ministry recommends the following self-care guidelines based on herbs and spices (as a preventive health measure) for enhancing immunity with particular reference to respiratory health. Note: Ayurvedic studies and academic findings back up the below steps.
Drink hot or warm water all day long.
Regular practice of Yoga, Pranayama with at least 30 minutes of meditations.
Drink Kadha (decoction) – a mix of Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black Pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin)-one to two times a day 50 ml. You can also add the Jaggery or fresh Honey with Lemon juice to your taste.
Protect Nose from fungal infection (or for easy breathing) by applying sesame oil/coconut oil or Ghee in both Nostrils (Nasya pratimarsh) in the morning and also in the evening. Inhalation of steam with fresh leaves of Pudina (Mint) or Ajwain (Caraway seed) can also be done once a day.
Drink half a teaspoon of Haldi (turmeric) with 150 ml of milk once a day.
Oil pulling therapy is another immunity booster procedure recommended by Ayush. It removes all the toxins from the body (especially the upper respiratory system). Just take 1 tablespoon of sesame/ coconut oil. Swish or gargle in your mouth for 2 to 3 minutes, then spit it off.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) stops harmful bacteria from developing in the body. This has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic effects. Additionally, ACV is beneficial for the development of healthy gut bacteria required for a strong immune system.
In fact, these measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. Nevertheless, if those symptoms persist, doctors should be consulted.
Many research organizations are in the process of creating a vaccine or defining possible therapeutic options to counter COVID-19. In India, Ayush Ministry in collaboration with the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) starts clinical trials for Ashwagandha and 3 other Ayurvedic herbs for the treatment of coronavirus. Below we are going to discuss about these 4 Herbs and Spices in details:
The Ashwagandha herb (popularly known as Indian Ginseng with the scientific name: Withania somnifera), is a tiny shrub native to India and Southeast Asia. This is one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs. Besides linked to numbers of health benefits such as stress and anxiety reduction, inflammation reduction, etc., researchers from IIT-Delhi and Japan’s AIST discovered amazing facts about Ashwagandha. They discovered that ashwagandha can prove to be the key medicine in the battle against coronavirus, and can also be used in the vaccine production as they contain various compounds like alkaloids, steroidal lactones, and saponins.
Ashvagandha strengthens the muscles and immunity by boosting the body’s overall ability to fight infections and diseases. It strengthens the function of an antibody to recognize the invading microbes and help remove infected cells. They improves immunity by improving the degree of activation of white blood cells, particularly Natural Killer (NK) cells, which play an important role in neutralizing virus-infected cells (like coronavirus) and helping to curb infections.
2.) Giloy (Guduchi)
Giloy or Guduchi (botanically known as Tinospora Cordifolia) is known to be a potent immunomodulator (immunity booster) herb in Ayurveda. This herbal medicine is an antioxidant powerhouse which neutralizes free radicals and prevents inflammation. This also purifies the blood, improves immunity, flushes out body toxins and effectively battles bacteria and viruses. Consuming Giloy juice can help you get rid of fever that’s one of COVID-19 ‘s signs.
The ministry of Ayush has started an observational study to establish the immunity-boosting effects of Giloy. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help fix respiratory issues such as cough, cold, and difficulties with breathing. These are also essential indicators of novel coronavirus contamination. Guduchi overall helps increase the effectiveness of protective white blood cells which fight infection.
3.) Tulsi (Basil)
Tulsi (scientific name Ocimum tenuiflorum) is one of many herbs that is still used in Ayurveda as part of ancient Indian medicine. Tulsi possesses many properties that can help improve health and reduce disease risk. Here are the many ways you can use Tulsi to improve your overall health and immunity. A rare combination of pharmacological behavior has shown Tulsi to tackle physical, biological, metabolic, and mental stress. There are apt proofs that show that consuming Tulsi increases immunity and have higher chance to fight against the Covid-19 virus.
Not only this, even there are many studies and evidence that show that Tulsi herb can protect vital organs of the body from chemical stress-induced by industrial chemicals and heavy metals. Herb can also reduce physical stress caused by physical exertion, or by prolonged cold or noise exposure. Tulsi can also be able to reduce metabolic stress by normalizing blood glucose and blood pressure. As for the brain, tulsi has benefits such as enhancing brain cells and memory.
Several animal studies performed in the last fifty years show that consumption of tulsi leaves normalize glucose and lipid profiles level in animal models. Tulsi aqueous leaf extract intramammary infusion also had a promising effect on the bovine model’s improvement of the immune response.
4.) Mulethi (Licorice)
Mulethi is another supplement herb that can recover your immunity and protect you against coronavirus by keeping you healthy. It is said that China was able to control and reduce the consequence from Coronavirus simply by using Licorice in their diets and as part of their medicine. In addition, Mulethi syrup (after boiling it for 5-10 minutes) helps to reduce infection, bacteria or inflammation issues connected with a sore throat or dry cough. Licorice has powerful properties that can soothe an upset throat and render the immunity better.
Mulethi, the scientific name is Glycyrrhiza glabra, is a perennial herb that is found in various parts of Asia and Europe. It has been used for centuries, especially in Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic Doctors in India are using Licorice for the protection of the heart (which behaves as a blood-thinning compound and can relax the muscles of the heart). It’s also an expectorant and decongestant that can help combat breathing infections. There is some evidence that tiny doses of licorice may be used to reduce the cravings for sugar.
In addition, it is also considered to be helpful in low blood pressure situations. In India, chewing Mulethi sticks is an age-old remedy for a sore throat. People to soothe asthma and bronchial infection mix ginger juice with crushed Mulethi as evening tea.
Other Healthy ways to strengthen your immune system
- Do not smoke.
- Eat a diet high of fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain normal body weight.
- Avoid Alcohol or If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
- Get adequate sleep avoid stress.
- Take small steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking all your daily meals thoroughly. Avoid eating raw vegetables and meat.