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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Prevention from Swine flu - Ayurvedic Treatment of Swine Flu

As Swine flu is finding its way into new places and involving more and more people, I thought of writing about how we can prevent swine flu from spreading further.
I am writing this article while sitting at New Delhi domestic airport looking at few people who are doing their normal duties wearing the masks.


Stay at home if you have some symptoms


It is the responsibility of the person who is having symptoms like cough, cold, sore throat to think that he should contain himself rather than people who are not suffering should wear masks and roam around everywhere. The world looks weird with people wearing masks and doing their regular activities.


Do not Panic

The key to stop further spread of flu is " DO NOT PANIC AT ALL" Swine flu can be contained and prevented easily

CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR -

You should contact your doctor direct rather than going yourself for the tests and putting the burden on authorities. You should do it especially if

you have a serious underlying illness
you are pregnant
you have a sick child under one year old
your condition suddenly gets much worse
your condition is still getting worse after seven days (five for a child)
You have regular fever which is not getting down with conventional treatment


Anti-Viral Drugs


Antiviral drugs
Swine flu is being treated with antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza. Antiviral drugs work by preventing the flu virus from reproducing - to be effective you need to take them within 48 hours of the symptoms beginning. This can reduce the risk of complications and possibly shorten the illness by a day.

If your GP confirms you have swine flu, you will be told from where you can get these drugs.


Herbal Remedies and other traditional Remedies

There are many tall claims by traditional practitioners that the Swine flu is curable and we can stop it. There are many people who may be advertising on their websites or everywhere else about their herbal formulations which are useful in treating Swine flu.
I believe there are many herbs which can be very useful in preventing Swine flu. I do not have any experience in treating the positive swine flu case yet. I however think that in Ayurveda, the Vata Shleshmik Jwara has the same symptomatology and the same herbs and other traditional regimes described will be useful in treating the swine flu.
I am writing this article for preventing the Swine flu so that we do not have to face bigger emergency in future.

The following herbs can be used for Swine Flu -
1. Tulsi- Tulsi is a herb used in Ayurveda for various sore throat, cough, cold, viral infections. It is very effective in treating almost all of the viral fevers and other upper respiartory tract viral infections including influenza.
Tulsi capsules - 3-4 capsules thrice daily for 3 months can be used for prevention of Swine flu.


2. Curcumin -
Curcumin is another Ayurvedic herbal remedy for Prevention of Swine flu and treating of allied sypmtoms. 2-3 capsules thrice daily are recommended for 3 months

3. Amla and Bramhi Chawyanprash


Amla and Bramhi Chawyanprash are described as best anti-ageing, anti-oxidants herbs in Ayurveda. These improve the body's immunity to fight infections and other diseases if used regularly for about 2-3 months. I found the results much better than the regular vitamin pills.

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