COVID-19 pandemic: Time to revisit ancient Indian wisdom to fight new coronavirus

Ayurveda VS COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak
What rich Indian tradition can teach the world on fighting COVID-19

New Delhi: The whole world has been battling COVID-19 coronavirus since last six months. With no treatment or vaccine available so far, governments across the world adopted stringent measures like lockdowns and movement control orders to curb the spread of coronavirus. India too imposed nationwide lockdown for months, but it had to be lifted slowly due to the worsening economic situation in the country. However, things are not looking great for India as the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak situation is slowly deteriorating post the Unlock-1 announcement.

India, at the moment is reporting approximately 30,000 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases daily. It took the country about 110 days to go from 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases to a million. India is now the third worst-hit country by the novel coronavirus, behind USA and Brazil. 

Meanwhile, World Health Organisation (WHO) has already issued set of guidelines to keep the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus at bay. Regular cleaning of hands; maintaining social distancing; and wearing masks while going out are among the key protective strategies suggested by WHO. Besides, the global health agency has also talked about working on improving one’s immunity to fight the coronavirus.

What rich Indian tradition can teach the world on fighting COVID-19

The hygienic practices advised by WHO have made most of us realize that our parents and grandparents used to tell us similar things.  Washing hands and feet thoroughly before entering the house was a fundamental rule that our ancestors followed all their lives. The footwears were also kept outside the house to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

Another practice that our ancestors used to follow included cleaning everything that came from outside. Now, COVID-19 pandemic also demands people to clean or sanitize everything which has been brought from outside. These basic hygienic practices, which most of us unfortunately chose to overlook, have now been reminded by COVID-19 coronavirus. 

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Our ancestors had also taught us some incredible tips to stay healthy. These tips are now even recognized by researchers to help improve one’s immunity. Here are top three examples:

Golden Milk:
Consuming milk mixed with haldi (turmeric), dry ginger and black pepper was a normal practice in India but modern times have replaced turmeric with other products. Now, haldi has found its place back and consuming golden milk to boost immunity is quickly becoming a new norm.

WHO has recommended soaking up in the Sun for about twenty minutes in early morning hours. Indian culture has always bowed down to the rising Sun and emphasized on spending some time in the sunlight on a regular basis. Sun provides vitamin D, which is also believed to be an immuno-modulator. Studies have also linked Vitamin D deficiency with respiratory infections – and as we all know coronavirus (COVID-19) affects primarily the lungs. It is common sense, therefore, to ensure that or vitamin D status is optimal during these difficult times. If venturing out in sun-light scares you  then taking small doses (1000-2000 IU) of Vitamin D daily won’t hurt and will help your body build overall immunity.

Tulsi (Holy basil) plant has been worshipped in India and is found in almost every household. Various studies have shown that this plant has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory as well as analgesic properties. Loaded with antioxidants and medicinal properties, regular consumption of tulsi leaves can help build one’s immunity to fight the pandemic. 

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