Coronavirus has left the world in a panic.
The population all over the world is affected in many ways.
We all have observed the total shutdown of cities, and the usual normal has been replaced by new normal.
The pandemic has affected our health, social life, and our economy as well.
It seems like a nightmare that is gradually passing by.
This critical phase had a severe impact on the overall health, especially the mental health of the vulnerable group of people.
In Ayurveda, such a sudden outbreak of the disease in a population is termed janpadodhwamsa.
Our ancient system of medicine was aware of the outbreak of infectious diseases in a population.
India has observed and fought many epidemics, and the most recent has been the COVID-19 epidemic.
The pandemic has taken us back to the roots of the medical system of India, i.e. Ayurveda. Such remarkable inclination towards Ayurveda has never been observed before.
People are preferring natural remedies and adopting healthy dincharya (lifestyle) to keep fit and prevent diseases.
Ayurveda has reached every household and is believed to grow continuously in the coming years.
In this Article, you will find the importance of ayurvedic lifestyle in a post pandemic world.
Why not? After all, we Indians have a deep history of connecting to nature in other ways.
This tradition of us genetically makes us adapt Ayurveda as a way of living.
Our ancient system of medicine, inspired by nature and practised for centuries, has herbal formulations with the goodness of purity and quality of effectiveness.
Ayurveda, a life science, is based on maintaining the balance of doshas.
Only then an individual can be healthy through mind, body, and spirit.
The ayurvedic physician takes into account various conditions before administering ayurvedic medicines.
The science of Ayurveda is beyond healing and so must be taken as a way of life.
Ayurveda is mainly based on two objectives –
- Prevention of disease
- Cure of the sick
Prevention of Disease
The holistic science emphasizes disease prevention by following certain dincharya (daily activities) and ritucharya (seasonal regime).
No wonder why the Charaka Samhita’s first chapter is dedicated to Rasayana and vajikarana (recipes to prevent diseases).
Ayurveda recommends taking care of your gut health, and as per ayurvedic physicians, it is essential to follow a healthy way to start your day.
Adopting Ayurveda has successfully provided relief from the symptoms and prevented the body from signs of COVID-19.
Based on a holistic approach towards treatment and management, the science of Ayurveda stood firm against the pandemic.
The herbal medicines used as a preventive measure are the most commonly used herbs with no adverse effects.
Kwath, made of common herbs found in every kitchen, is safe and has excellent antioxidants.
Some of the spices, such as tulsi, are anti-viral and immunity boosters.
Cure of the Sick
Ayurvedic approach towards the management of any disease mainly focuses on maintaining an individual’s health and immune system.
Ayurvedic measures mentioned above are all immunity booster measures that prepare the body to fight against infections.
The herbal medicines under the Rasayana group are excellent in enhancing immunity and maintaining an individual’s optimum health.
Ayurvedic medicines are great immunity boosters. When combined with lifestyle changes,
it can have fruitful results in the body’s immune mechanism.
The three pillars of Ayurveda, i.e. diet, lifestyle, and abstinence, have helped people fight the pandemic and changed the post-pandemic daily regimen.
The holistic approach of Ayurveda in the prevention and cure of a disease is result-oriented and cost-effective.
Because of these virtues, it is welcomed by the government as a national treatment protocol and accepted by most of the population.
Adopting Ayurveda as a way of life during and post-pandemic has proved its effectiveness.
We shall discuss how and why Ayurveda has made a strong foothold during and after the post-pandemic situation.
Effect of pandemic on mental health (role of behavioural conduct)
This pandemic has ripped us apart by the loss of our near and dear ones.
Many amongst us lost the battle against the disease, and many are still struggling with the long-term side effects of the virus.
The virus not just attacks the body but affects the mental health condition of the complete family.
All such conditions have made people realize the importance of mental health.
The growing concern of stress, sleep deprivation, anxiety, and other mental health problems have increased the demand for an ayurvedic lifestyle in the post-pandemic period.
Ayurvedic practitioners have always recommended a balanced diet, proper sleep, and moderate exercise to achieve overall health.
An unhealthy state of mind affects your eating pattern, which eventually impacts your body.
The mental health of an individual has a significant effect on the nutritional absorption of the food.
Various mental health problems such as feeling lonely, fear, anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc., are causes of stress.
The covid-19 pandemic has observed a remarkable increase in mental health issues.
Fortunately, Ayurveda has been successful in combatting the effect of the pandemic on mental health.
The imbalance of doshas (Vata, pitta, and Kapha) and external and genetic factors contribute to mental health problems.
6 Ayurvedic techniques can improve the psychological quality of health.
- Practising yoga and breathing exercises such as pranayama are known to manage anxiety.
- Meditating in routine is an excellent way to heal the mind.
- Eating easy-to-digest and straightforward foods is beneficial in maintaining the balance of doshas.
- Getting involved in routine work out, certain hobbies can boost mental health.
- Keeping yourself socially connected and healing your relationships can significantly help you manage mental health.
- Ayurvedic therapies such as abhyanga (massage) and other techniques that can balance Vata dosh
How to manage Respiratory health in the post pandemic period.
The respiratory system has been through a lot during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result, taking care of lungs has become necessary in the post-pandemic period.
Ayurveda has introduced the population to various herbs and techniques to protect the lungs against cough and cold. It is observed that the masses have adopted the ayurvedic lifestyle to keep the lungs healthy.
- Ayurvedic methods such as oil pulling (Kavala/ gandusha) with sesame oil are preventive measures to protect the lungs against various allergic reactions.
- Drinking herbal tea using tulsi, pipali, mulethi or kadha works as a detox for the lungs.
- Consuming warm water infused with ginger or basil or cumin or coriander effectively maintains a healthy respiratory system.
- Nasal instillation or applying medicated oil/ghee in each nostril is beneficial in clearing the nasal passage or congestion.
- Steam inhalation or vaspa swedana in Ayurveda can be conveniently done at home. The process is done by adding ajwain or peppermint, or eucalyptus drops in a litre of water. Inhaling the medicated steam works as a cleansing mechanism as it expels the dirt inhaled.
- Gargling with warm water infused with Triphala or yashtimadhi, or turmeric and a pinch of salt is a natural and healthy way to keep the respiratory system healthy.
- Breathing exercise such as pranayama has gained popularity during and post Covid-19. Pranayam and other yoga practices such as kapalabhati, anulom- vilom, etc., improve lung capacity and enhance the lungs’ immunity. All these improve lung capacity and lung function. It is beneficial in managing stress and anxiety and improves mucociliary clearance.
Although the lungs are the main organ affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, cardiac health cannot be ignored.
The various cardiovascular disorders are alone associated with high mortality during the pandemic.
There is a high rate of mortality in Covid-19 patients with hypertension and coronary artery diseases.
Ayurveda supports heart health by practising yoga in routine with a healthy ayurvedic diet.
The heart is a vital organ that needs good care, and Ayurveda has a lot to offer.
Some natural remedies that can keep your heart healthy are garlic, ashwagandha, arjun, guggulu, etc.
These herbs are beneficial in maintaining optimum heart function and keeps the heart healthy.
Inculcating Ayurveda in your daily life can improve and maintain a healthy heart.
Ayurveda prevents and cures heart diseases and improves the overall cardiac efficiency by –
- Controlling high blood pressure
- Improving blood circulation
- Improves the efficiency of pumping blood
- Lowers the high level of cholesterol
- Manages the stress level and anxiety
- Maintains the elasticity of the arteries
Taking care of cardiac health through Ayurveda involves the combination of various therapies.
People have become more health-conscious in the post-pandemic period and look for natural ways to keep themselves fit.
Reduces the risk of infection and acts as a preventive treatment
The ancient system of medicine firmly believes in the saying prevention is better than cure.
No wonder the science of Ayurveda has various herbal formulations that can protect the body from harmful substances in the environment.
These herbal formulations have been used since ancient times, and their benefits are known for ages.
However, the effectiveness of herbal medicines and the benefits of leading ayurvedic lifestyles have gained popularity during the pandemic.
Ayurvedic formulations such as triphala choorna, pipramoola choorna, ajmodadi choorna, hareetki choorna, dashmoola choorna, etc are some of the medicines that helps cure and prevent bacterial infection.
There has been an increase in demand for ayurvedic medicines for the common cold and flu.
The central part of the population has moved towards the natural cure to protect themselves against infectious diseases.
Helps fight environmental pollution
With the increase in population around, there has been a rise in health problems.
One cannot avoid going out or escape from the pollutions everywhere.
Hence it becomes essential to prepare yourself against the bacterial and viral infections that may attack your body through the pollutants around.
Some ayurvedic measures can help you prevent and manage the unpleasant effects of the surrounding environment.
Two ways can help you fight environmental pollution –
Improve your immunity
Strengthening immunity is critical for your body to protect yourself from harmful pollutants.
To improve immunity, Ayurveda recommends some immunity booster foods.
Every Indian household has made some changes in its diet after going through the pandemic.
Eating the right food and leading a healthy lifestyle is critical to enhancing immunity.
Foods rich in vitamin C, E, omega 3, and beta carotene can improve your immunity.
Every Indian kitchen is stocked with spices and other ingredients that will enhance immunity.
Turmeric, honey, basil, ginger, jaggery, neem, etc., are easily found in every kitchen and can be used as immunity boosters.
1. Improve the quality of air at home
The quality of air around you impacts your physical and mental health.
It is not just the polluted outer air; even the air in our house needs purification.
We spend most of our time at home, so it becomes essential to improve the air quality.
There are various options available in the market for indoor air purification, but not affordable by all.
Ayurveda has some reasonable, easily accessible, and effective measures to improve indoor air quality.
Some of the natural ways that can be used to clean the air are –
- Loban purifies the air and kills insects and mosquitoes.
- Guggul is an ayurvedic herb that has the quality to heal ailments. Also, the herb is used to clean the air at home.
- Camphor/kapoor is commonly used as a pooja ingredient and comes in the form of a tablet. Burning camphor is a natural way to purify and freshen the air.
- Indoor house plants such as spider plants, snake plants, money plants, etc., are air purifier plants. Using these plants cleans the air and also makes them part of your house decor.
- Activated charcoal and bamboo charcoal are some practical ways of air purification. It has the quality of eliminating toxins from the air.
- Some herbal oils, such as cinnamon, lemon, clove, eucalyptus, etc., can kill germs and clean the indoor air.
Ayurvedic measures for self-care in the post-pandemic period
Ayurvedic intervention is critical in managing post-COVID conditions.
Apart from wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and other hygiene, various natural measures are essential to take care of yourself.
As per studies, it is observed that ayurvedic medicines are well known for their immunity-boosting property.
As per ayurvedic texts and experts, Ayurveda can be used for treatment and as a preventive measure.
The importance of Ayurveda during and post COVID-19 is clear from the fact that the government of India has issued guidelines to prevent and manage the symptoms of the pandemic.
Preventive care of Ayurveda is recommended based on daily regimen (dincharya), seasonal regimen (ritucharya), detoxification therapy (panchakarma), and immunity enhancer (Rasayana).
Specific measures that can help you in the post-pandemic period are as given below –
- Yoga poses involve the movement of joints of upper and lower body parts. Meru Vakrasana, utthana mandukasana, pawan muktasana, shava asana, etc are some of the yoga asanas.
- Breathing exercises such as pranayama, anulom vilom, mindful breathing, yoga Nidra.
- Start your day with warm 2-3 glasses of water.
- Consume green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, turmeric milk, sprouts, etc. Avoid eating deep-fried foods, processed food, hard-to-digest foods, etc.
- Meditation as per convenience can be practised.
- Ayurvedic detox methods are also known as panchakarma, is a preventive measure. Apart from eliminating toxicity, the therapy is also used as a treatment for physical and mental health.
- Have sound sleep for 6-8 hours.
- Keep yourself active.
Lifestyle changes that can improve the immune system
A healthy lifestyle is not just limited to eating nutritious, but there are other factors that which when followed in daily routine, can enhance your immunity.
Such lifestyle changes are taking adequate sleep, keeping yourself active (workout/yoga), stress management, quitting smoking, etc.
With these lifestyle changes, one can strengthen their immunity.
It is not easy to bring such changes within a day.
Taking one step at a time and going slow in adopting the new lifestyle will help.
These measures will help you prevent the diseases and also keep your body healthy in the long run.
Some of the most commonly used herbs during and post-pandemic
Ayurveda has played a lead role in boosting immunity.
Some of the most commonly used herbs in every household are as given below –
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
The herb has been in use for many ages. In the post-pandemic period, this particular herb has been widely used to manage stress, improve the body’s energy level, and enhance immunity.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
It is an excellent herb for respiratory problems and is known to improve lung function. Brahmi is one of the most commonly used herbs that work on the immune system, mental health problems, congestion, sinuses, and other lung problems.
Neem (Azadirachta indica)
It plays a significant role in building the immune system of a body. The herb is anti-bacterial and also boosts immunity.
Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
It is well known that tulsi works wonders in the common cold. It can be consumed with honey, ginger, etc., or even in tea.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric has many health benefits. It is good in curing cough and cold and eliminates the toxins from the blood.
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
It is used as an immunity booster and for the treatment of chronic fever.
Amla (Phyllanthus Emblica)
It is rich in vitamin C and is a good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Long pepper (Piper longum)
Due to its anti-inflammatory property, it is used in common colds and coughs.
The reinvention of Ayurveda in the post-pandemic period
Though ayurvedic medicine is popular in India after the pandemic, it has also gained popularity worldwide.
The ayurvedic pharma companies have significantly increased its sale.
The demand for ayurvedic products has increased domestically, but there has also been a rise in the export of herbal products.
The COVID-19 situation has reminded people of the importance of mother nature.
The importance of ayurvedic medicine cannot be evaluated with money, and the pandemic has proved it.
We never knew that ingredients in our kitchen had an essential role in improving our body’s immune system.
Being such an old system of medicine, Ayurveda is still in a nascent stage.
Post pandemic period has observed an accelerated growth in demand for ayurvedic products.
The ancient system of medicine has taught us that leading a healthy lifestyle and eating nutritious food is the only way to protect our bodies against diseases.
It is essential to strengthening the body’s first line of defence. So, Ayurveda has entered our lives to act as a shield against the pathogens attacking the body.
Let Ayurveda stay with you and let the ancient wisdom pass in your family and generations to keep the diseases at bay.