Covid-19: ministry advocates ayurvedic immunity boosting measures

The Indian Ministry of AYUSH has recommended several immunity boosting guidelines “supported by ayurvedic literature and scientific publications” as a preventive measure against Covid-19 while clarifying that the same won’t amount to any treatment against the deadly disease.

The advisory, which mainly consists of recommendations by renowned Ayurveda practitioners in the country, has been published in the ministry’s website under four heads, namely General measures, Ayurvedic immunity promoting measures, Simple ayurvedic procedures and the measures to be taken upon experiencing dry cough/sore throat.

The general measures include drinking warm water throughout the day, daily practice of yogasana, pranayama and meditation for at least 30 minutes and use of spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander and garlic in cooking.

For boosting immunity, the recommendations include taking herbal decoction made from tulsi, cinnamon, black pepper, dry ginger and raisin once or twice a day. The simple ayurvedic procedures include Nasal application and Oil Pulling therapy using sesame or coconut oil.

For those experiencing dry cough or sore throat, the advisory suggests steam inhalation with fresh mint leaves or caraway seeds once in a day and intake of clove powder mixed with natural honey (2-3 times a day).

However, the ministry clarifies that the same won’t amount to treatment and are intended only to boost an individual’s immunity against infections. It also advises one to consult doctors if symptoms persist.

Meanwhile, the ministry has invited proposals from AYUSH practitioners and AYUSH institutions on measures that could restrain the spread of Covid-19. The same can be done under the ‘Covid-19 Inputs’ section on the ministry website.

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