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Ayurvedic Relief From Monsoon Sickness

The monsoons bring relief from the harsh heat during the summers but with their respite, they also bring along with them various sicknesses. Every monsoon season, the risk of catching various diseases is extremely high due to unhygienic conditions and not adhering to basic preventive measures. After so many treatments and allopathic medicines, we still struggle to get monsoon flu, this leads to allergies, lung cancer and asthma in the long run. Then Ayurveda comes into relief. As per Ayurveda, the balance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha is generally misbalanced during the monsoon season. The Pitta in particular that also represents the digestive fire in the human body is also affected. Due to this, the digestion weakens and this serves as the basis for various diseases. The most common amongst these troubles is the common cold and cough that affects a significant number of the population.

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A cough is a sudden explosive movement of air to clear material from the respiratory airway. It helps to protect the lungs from foreign particles. Coughing can bring up phlegm; a mixture of mucus, debris, and cells. If it becomes severe and chronic it can result in shortness of breath, hoarseness, dizziness, and wheezing. Viral coughs are highly contagious and spread quickly in any social group.

What Are The Symptoms Of The Monsoon Diseases

  • Coughing and hoarseness
  • Irritation in the throat
  • Fatigue and body aches
  • A cold, if the infection has spread to the nose

Mucus and coughing play an important role in clearing infections and particles in the respiratory system. The best thing we can do is to help our system liquefy and expel the mucus easily, diminishing the seven days of inconvenience and suffering.

Effective Home Remedy To Clear The Congestion And Relieve Frequent Cough

  • Fresh Ginger (Adrak) Juice ½ Teaspoon
  • Turmeric (Haldi) Powder ½ Teaspoon
  • Garlic (Lehsoon) Juice ¼ Teaspoon
  • Fresh Basil (Tulsi) Leaf Juice 2 Teaspoon
  • Honey (Madh) 2 Teaspoon
  • Black Pepper (Kali Mirch) Powder 2 Pinch

Effective Home Remedy To Clear The Congestion And Relieve Frequent Cough

Mix all the ingredients well. Keep it refrigerated if you are making a large quantity and wish to use take it again, then bring it to room temperature before taking it. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of this mixture four times a day. Children can safely take this cough mixture.

Diet And Lifestyle To Follow During Monsoon

  • Completely avoid smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to cold, winds, dust, fumes and other pollutants, or cover your head, ears, and nose to protect yourself from these.
  • Give your vocal cords a rest by talking less.
  • Drink warm water, not cold, throughout the day.
  • Drink hot tea made of basil (Tulsi) leaves, fresh ginger, and mint leaves.
  • Exercise and practice yoga as a daily routine, as it will improve and maintain the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.

Eat a well-balanced diet as mentioned above. This improves the body’s immunity, which is extremely important in all respiratory ailments.

Practice The Yogic Breathing Techniques

  • For Wet Cough: Bhastrika, Kapalbharti, Ujjayi Pranayamas
  • For Dry Cough: Shitali, Sitkari

When experiencing cough or cold, completely stop milk and milk products, deep-fried foods and fruits. These foods decrease the digestive fire (Agni) and produce mucus (Kapha) and toxins (Aama). Ice, cold foods and drinks are immediate “killers” of the digestive fire. They also produce excess mucus. So, it is best to avoid them.

Foods You Should Eat More During Monsoon

  • Take warm vegetable soups with lots of spices like ginger garlic paste, pepper, etc. This will help expel the mucus and relieve the congestion of the chest and nose. Once the cough and cold are relieved, you can slowly return to a normal diet. Try to have more cooked vegetables like pumpkin, squash, marrow, courgette, ivy gourd, spinach, fenugreek leaves, french beans, bottle gourds, ridge gourds, snake gourd, smooth gourd, mange-tout, asparagus, fennel, swedes, sweet corn, onions, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, celery, chicory and leeks.
  • Potatoes should only be eaten occasionally, with their skin. Pulses like Mung and split Mung beans (green gram), Tuvar Dal (yellow lentils) and Masoor Dal (red lentils) are easy to digest, balancing and nourishing to the body. To get the full value from pulses they should be eaten along with grains (especially rice). Grains including rice, oat, rye, maize, millets, amaranth, quinoa, polenta; basically, everything other than wheat & maida.
  • Flours made from these grains and from potatoes and buckwheat are excellent substitutes for “normal” flour. Dried fruits like almonds, walnuts, apricots, figs, hazelnuts, dates and raisins can be eaten.
  • Occasionally you can have white meat like chicken, turkey, and fish (freshwater). You can replace dairy milk with almond milk, rice milk, soya milk or oat milk.

Recommended Ayushakti Herbs Proven To Relieve Cough And Cold

  • Ayushakti Asthaloc: 2 Tablets, Twice Daily
  • Ayushakti Kaphano Syrup: 1 Teaspoon, 3-4 Times A Day

Ayushakti Herbal Medicines

These herbs have been proven to be effective for more than 31 years. They soothe sore throats and deal with coughs by liquefying and expelling mucus and clearing congestion.

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Cold and Cough: An Ayurvedic Guideline

In the season of heavy rains and frequent downpour, people come across a variety of troubles. The most common amongst these troubles is the common cold and cough that affects a significant number of the population.

Following are some guidelines on how to manage cold and cough with the help of Ayurveda:

General Symptoms of Cough and Cold

  • Runny Nose
  • Coughing
  • Fever/Chills
  • Continuous sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain/fatigue
  • Body Pain
  • Breathing difficulty

One or many of the above symptoms are experienced by an individual suffering from a cold.

Causes of Cough and Cold

  • A continuous change of surroundings/constant exposure to cold and chilly winds can be contributors
  • A primary cause is the digestive fire (agni) being affected with cold or moist conditions
  • A reduced agni can affect the body’s overall immunity
  • Lowered immunity leads to an increase in the toxin production
  • These amas can go and clog the micro-channels in the body leading to formation of phlegm or mucus
  • It is this phlegm/mucus blocks the respiratory channel functions. Finally you experience soar throat, allergic cough, sneezing, blocked nose, breathing difficulty etc.

Along with the above mentioned causes, there can be other factors as well that lead to cold and cough in individuals. For example, an allergy to one’s surroundings can also be the cause of a cold. Eating or drinking food that is too cold or hot can also cause cold and cough in the individual. Habits and lifestyle choices such as sleeping in the afternoon after a heavy meal or staying up late at night, can also contribute to developing a cold. There goes a quote which says that “Your biography is your biology” and the Ayurvedic philosophy stands by it. In the end, what we eat and do throughout the day has a large impact on our health.

Treating Cold and Cough Ayurveda way

  • Keep body (throat, feet, chest, head) warm
  • Gargle with warm salty & turmeric water for a sore throat
  • Avoid milk, milk products and fruits till the symptoms completely go away
  • Eat light foods like soups, boiled or steamed vegetables, dal khichadi (rice and mung dal) etc
  • Drink spiced/Herbal Teas

How to make herbal tea to improve your immune system and prevent viral fever ?

Fresh Basil leaves 20

Cinnamon stick – 1 inch long

Black pepper corns  crushed – 3

Fresh ginger crushed – 2 inches long

Jaggery (optional)  – as a sweetner

Water 4 cups

Boil the ingredients in water and make it 2 cups.  Filter and drink warm 3-4 times a day.

Stay safe this monsoon with the power of Ayurveda!

 

 

Get the best allergy treatment in ayurveda

Allergy is A PART of our immune system. Yes, you heard it right. Allergy is process by which our body sends an abnormal reaction to an external agent in the systems. The agent mentioned here refers to a particle that gets into the human body through the air/skin/water/food or any other pathway. These particles are called as Allergens. Allergens are classified under the large category of antigens. Antigens are can be defined as any particle, which upon getting into the body, sets an immune trigger from the immune system. A point to be noted is that an antigen/allergen is not necessarily a negative or a destructive substance. Most of the times, specifically in the case of an allergy, antigens are just normal food particles or matter, which our body, unfortunately, has an issue with.

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