New Delhi: Ministry of Ayush released revised guidelines on Monday for Ayurveda and Unani Practitioners for COVID-19 patients in home isolation and Ayurveda and Unani preventive measures for self-care during COVID-19 pandemic.
The main focus of these guidelines is on self-care and home management of COVID-19, as a vast majority of COVID-affected families are struggling with the crisis at home as well as at hospitals.
These are aimed to increase awareness among the citizens regarding effective home care solutions and recommended Ayush practices, to help them to enhance their immunity along with standard guidelines for Ayurveda and Unani practitioners for management of prophylactic, asymptomatic and mild cases of COVID-19 during home isolation.
Previously, the ministry had issued an advisory on January 29, 2021, and promoted use of ready-made formulation like ‘AyushKwath’(Ayurveda) which is a simple admixture of four herbal ingredients which are well known in India and outside India for their immunomodulatory and anti-viral activities along with several other health benefits. “Considering the seasonal changes, patient’s constitution it has been advised that Vasa (Malabar nut), Yashtimadhu (Liquorice root) and Guduchi (Giloy) may be added to the Kwatha as per requirement, “the ministry added.
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- Patients should follow physical distancing, respiratory and hand hygiene, and wear masks.
- Gargle with warm water along with an added pinch of turmeric and salt. Water boiled with Triphala (dried fruits of Emblica officinalis, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellirica) or Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) can also be used for gargling.
- Nasal instillation/application of medicated oil (Anu taila or Shadbindu Taila) or plain oil (Sesame or Coconut) or of cow ghee (Goghrita), once or twice a day, especially before going out and after coming back home.
- Steam inhalation with Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), Pudina (Mentha spicata) or Eucalyptus oil (1-5 drops) or Karpur (Camphor) once a day.
- Frequent intake of water processed with Tulasi (basil leaves – Ocimum tenuiflorum L.Merr (synonym Ocimum sanctum L.) is advised.
- Adequate sleep (7-8 hours) should be taken and daytime naps preferably be avoided.
1. Drinking of warm water or water boiled with herbs like Saunth (Zingiber officinale), Dhania (Coriandrum sativum),Tulasi (Ocimum sanctum), or Jeera (Cuminum cyminum) seeds.
2. Food should be freshly prepared, and easily digestible.
3. Drinking of Golden Milk (Half teaspoon Haldi(Curcuma longa) powder in 150 ml hot milk) once at night. The same should be avoided in case of indigestion.