How to manage post-COVID issues with Ayurveda and Yoga

Covid 19 managed to literally sweep the entire world off its feet. Even after more than a year of living with covid, we are yet to find our footing and return to our old normal. With its attack rooted in our immunity powers, it took a pandemic for the whole world to understand the need to prioritize healthy living and personal hygiene. We have seen the rise of a new healthcare model where preventive measures are emphasised rather than the treatment itself. Ayurveda, which literally means the “Science of Life”, is termed the oldest healing science by many scholars. An Ayurveda treatment center Kerala is where a person can help themselves get reconnected with one’s inner self under expert guidance. Ayurvedic remedies put extreme importance on the prevention of any disease by leading a balanced lifestyle and thus enabling us to understand our body and the importance of having a balanced body, mind and consciousness. Even after having recovered from Covid, it has been found that most people are struggling to deal with post-Covid symptoms like headaches, fatigues, body pain, weakness, acidity, muscle pain and emotional imbalance. To help ease these symptoms, we recommend a consultation with our practitioner for suitable Ayurvedic treatments, Yoga Asanas, and home remedies.

As the studies have proven, Covid 19 affects the human immune system by latching itself onto the healthy cells and multiplying double fold in a short span of time. As the disease is relatively new, clinical studies are still underway to uncover more secrets about the virus and thereby leading to a way that can put an end to its reign upon us. Those who recovered from the infection still show symptoms and are dealing with discomforts the virus left behind. As per Ayurveda classic texts, the characteristics Covid19 displays is enough to understand that it can be classified into the category of Sannipata Jwara, which means the virus creates an imbalance in all three doshas (Vata, Pitta & Kapha). Post-COVID care with Ayurveda can help the body overcome symptoms left behind from the infection with proper care, detoxification and medication. 

Working on immunity bootup is the only solution that healthcare experts have to suggest as we are learning to live amidst the pandemic, as the road to finding a cure for it seems distant. A better immunity will help minimize the effects the virus can have on us as well as help expedite the recovery process. Rather than boosting, modulating one’s immunity is the key against the virus; as an overactive immune system might end up resulting in a cytokine storm once affected by the virus. To cure the immune response system with Ayurveda, the expert practitioners at our Wellness center Kerala advise the usage of herbs like Tulsi, Turmeric, Giloy / Gudchi, and Andrographis or Yuvatikta as Ayurvedic remedies for people who were asymptomatic or mildly affected.

As the novel coronavirus impacts the lungs and causes inflammation which results in complications leading to even mortality, the treatment plans should involve anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant factors as well, which can be found in various herbs if taken in the right proportions. One such herb that has proven benefits in treatment for cardiac as well as respiratory ailments is Pushkarmool / Indian Elecampane. It has the ability to balance Kapha dosha for its bitter taste and Vata dosha due to its hot potency. 

For post COVID care with Ayurveda, herbal remedies including types of treatment will be decided based on comorbidities, the status of infection and the overall health of the person in question. The treatment plan will be aimed at :

  • Agni Deepanam (To improve digestive fire and help regulate metabolism)
  • Ama pachana (To curb inflammations)
  • Suddhikaran (Ayurvedic Cleanse / Cellular level detoxification)
  • Rasayana Treatment (Immunomodulation, Nourishment and Rejuvenation)

Though the intensity and mode of treatment might differ depending on each patient, the aimed result remains the same.

  • For mild to moderate cases, a combination of Agastya Rasayanam and Haridrakhandam can be administered that can help improve respiratory health and immunity of the patient, as the medicines have proven themselves in treating chronic cases of Asthma. 
  • Panchakarma – With the five detox processes, panchakarma is most effective in getting rid of built-up ama from the body.

At Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda, all our treatment plans are based on the traditional knowledge that was passed on through generations. Rather than for a treatment plan, we consider each person reaching out to us as entrusting themselves to healing them of their discomforts and help them find the balance between their body, mind and consciousness. 

With our in-house medicine preparation unit and local herbs collected from our Ayurvedic plantation, we prepare medicines after analyzing the prakruthi of each person in question and proceed with the treatment. In Ayurveda, having the right diet is as important as the treatment itself. Keeping that in mind, our in-house kitchen where dishes are prepared according to Ayurvedic standards uses fresh produce from our organic farm with extreme love and care.

Yoga for wellness

During post covid recovery, it is most essential to managing the cortisol level in one’s body. Usually released during a stressful situation, cortisol affects immune system responses and curbs non-essential functions. It affects the digestive system by curbing the appetite, the reproductive system and also affects the growth process. As cortisol level can be brought down by increased physical activity, including relaxing exercises like yoga into one’s lifestyle is important. 

Yoga is a way of life, which helps channel one’s thoughts and consciousness to guide their body towards improved balance, strength and flexibility. Most Yoga Asana routines are based on muscle stretching which can help lose the stiff muscles and improve flexibility and movement.

At Madukkakuzhy Ayurveda, we have a Kerala Yoga center, as Yoga plays a vital part in the post-Covid care treatment. It is led by Dr.Robin Jacob and Mrs.Anju Robin, who are trained Yoga Practitioners from Sivananda Yoga, Trivandrum, following the Sivananda and Iyengar Yoga routines. 

Benefits of Yoga

  • Helps Improve flexibility by stretching the muscles.
  • By holding various poses for a minute, it helps tone the muscles.
  • Having to focus on alignment of the body, helps us achieve a calmer state of mind through regular practice.
  • Good for relief from neck and back pain.
  • Getting the body aligned results in one having a better posture.
  • With Pranayama, we train our body to breathe properly and effectively leading to a constant flow of oxygen to the brain. 

Exploring the goodness of Ayurveda and Yoga with guidance from experienced hands where nature becomes an integral part of the entire healing process is what makes the treatment a healing experience.

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