Well, the website vetextension.com is primarily meant for providing information related to livestock sector. But, keeping the current COVID-19 pandemic in mind, the current post is meant for spreading a word regarding enhancement of immunity or natural defense system among the users of this website.
As we all know that “Prevention is better than cure” and there is no such medicine for curing COVID-19 or coronavirus, therefore, it becomes pertinent to build up immunity against the virus while staying home.
Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India has time and again provided a comprehensive outlook for immunity boosting measures and simple tips which can be followed by you staying at your homes. The home remedies which are very east to prepare and effective in boosting your immunity is searched around the globe and keeping the need in mind, the current post has been compiled.
The following measures are recommended by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India for enhancing immunity:
- Drinking warm water throughout the day.
- Practicing Yoga or meditation.
- Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking.
Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures
- Consume 1 teaspoonful of Chyavanprash in the morning.
- Drink herbal tea / decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin) – once or twice a day. Add jaggery (natural sugar) and / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
- Golden Milk – Half tea spoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk – once or twice a day.
Simple Ayurvedic Measures
- Nasal application – Apply sesame oil / coconut oil or Ghee in both the nostrils (Pratimarsh Nasya) in morning and evening.
- Oil pulling therapy- Take 1 table spoon sesame or coconut oil in mouth. Do not drink, Swish in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and spit it off followed by warm water rinse. This can be done once or twice a day.
During Dry Cough / Sore Throat
- Steam inhalation with fresh Pudina (Mint) leaves or Ajwain (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once in a day.
- Lavang (Clove) powder mixed with natural sugar / honey can be taken 2-3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation.
- These measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist.
- Laugh out loud.
- Take good sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
- Animal products like Milk, Yogurt, Eggs, Meat, etc. have added effects in boosting your immunity and do not spread coronavirus. For reading more, Click Here.
All these measures are tried and tested over the generations in Indian households. Some consider these measures as ‘grandma’s formulae’ for prevention of diseases and boosting immunity. These measures should be adopted during all the times to boost immunity and prevention of diseases.
Disclaimer: The above advisory does not claim to be treatment for COVID 19.
Boosting immunity of pets and livestock
- There are many ITKs (Indigenous Technical Knowledge) which are being practiced by the rural folks for enhancing the immunity and treatment of diseases in pets and livestock.
- Tinospora gulancha (Guduchi) is being used extensively in commercial preparations as well for enhancing immunity in pets and livestock.
- You can also use levamisole hydrochloride at dose rate of 2.5mg/kg in livestock for stimulating their immune system.
- The historic use of Phyllanthus emblica (Amla), Azadirachta indica (Neem) and Tinospora cordifolia (Giloy) have reported useful in boosting immunity.
General Preventive Measures against COVID-19
- Observe good personal hygiene.
- Practice frequent hand washing with soap.
- Follow respiratory etiquettes – cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness,
such as cough, runny nose etc.
- Avoid contact with live animals and consumption of raw/undercooked meats.
- Avoid travel to farms, live animal markets or where animals are slaughtered.
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose.
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