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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!

 

 

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Eating Right in Monsoons: An Ayurvedic Background

According to Ayurveda, our body responds differently to each season. This reaction is in the form of an imbalance in the doshas. The formation and type of disease that affects the body is dependent on the vitiation and degree of the particular dosha. In fact, the knowledge of the seasons and its impact on the human body is something that is taken into consideration by Ayurvedic practitioners and doctors.

Did you know that as per Ayurveda, there are 6 seasons in total, and not 3 or 4 as is well-recognized in the modern world? Not many have the knowledge or understanding of the 6 season classification. It is because of this detailed classification that Ayurveda succeeds so well in diagnosing and understanding a person’s condition.

The classification of seasons in Ayurveda depends on a number of things like the position of the sun and the moon, the wind, and other factors. The change in the balance of these elements is directly connected to the changes in the dosha balance in the human body. One thing to remember is that, even the continuous change in seasons, helps to impart balance to our dishes. It is the bad habits in our diet and lifestyle, that are the culprits during disease formation. With the proper knowledge on seasonal imbalance and dosha balance, a good doctor can also predict the diseases that will happen to the individual, based on their current diet and lifestyle.

Following is the classification of the seasons w.r.t the months in a year:-

  1. Shishira – Late Winter – mid-January to mid-March
  2. Vasanta – Spring – mid-March to mid-May
  3. Grishma – Summer – mid-May to mid-July
  4. Varsha – Rainy season – mid-July to mid-September
  5. Sharad – Autumn – mid-September to mid-November
  6. Hemanta – Early Winter – mid-November to mid-January

With the right knowledge, an individual can tailor his eating habits to the qualities of this season. Indeed, Ayurveda emphasizes heavily on qualities. A number of Ayurvedic principles are dependent on the combination and quality of the 5 elements, 6 seasons, 3 doshas, 6 tastes, etc. Therefore, one should ensure that their source of Ayurvedic information is from a qualified practitioner/institution like Ayushakti.

Following are some guidelines that can help individuals take care of their health in this season of rains:-

  • Avoid dairy products: Dairy products are often heavy to digest. Drinking cold milk and other products is to be highly avoided. It is tempting to grab a pack of flavored chilled milk and other similar products that are available in stores and supermarket shelves these days. However, Ayurveda has its own guidelines on how milk should be consumed an it is best that you consider talking to an Ayurvedic professional so as to adopt the right practices in your diet.
  • Avoid wheat: Wheat is food that is heavy to digest. It is to be avoided, along with dairy, which is heavy as well. Basically, any type of food that is heavy is to be avoided. During the season of rains, the digestion power decreases. Therefore, incorporating light and healthy food choices would be the best way to stay healthy. After all, digestion is key to good health.
  • Go for hot foods: Food that is hot and steamy, like soups or a well-steamed dish is excellent for your monsoon food choices. Meals like these are pretty easy to digest and don’t produce mucous in the body.

Sip warm ginger water 3-4 glasses or as much as possible during monsoon to keep up the digestion and prevent you from common cold, cough, fever and sinus.

 

 

 

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Natural Remedies for Cough

One of the most irritating things for a person, can be a persistent cough. Imagine someone giving a seminar or a presentation  to a group/large audience. A presentation or seminar should be a continuous flow of information dissemination that captivates the audience and engages their brain on an intellectual and emotional level. If this flow is interrupted by periodic coughing in the person presenting, it will lead to a disconnection between the audience and the presentation. This doesn’t happen purposely or with intention. It’s just that the brain naturally tends to notice disturbances in things and eventually puts more emphasis on it. We are therefore unable to focus on the main objective at hand. Natural remedies for coughs in babies, kids, and adults help us take care of this irritation.

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