Cold and flu


Overview

Cold and Flu is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. In Common cold, the virus infect the nose and throat whereas the flu attacks the lungs, nose and throat. Many types of viruses can cause cold and flu.

Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of smell
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • a runny nose
  • Itchy watery eyes
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

According to Ayurveda there are three elements present in our body:  vata, pitta and kapha which should be in balance. Cold and flu is caused because of imbalance in this element especially vata and Kapha.

Causes

  1. Caused by influenza virus.
    •  It spreads when an infected person
    •  coughs, sneezes, or even talks around others. 
    • Touching a contaminated object.
  2. Predisposing factors.
    • Seasonal changes
    • Weakened immunity
    • Smoking

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at

  • Relief from the cold and flu .
  • Boost immunity and make the body able to fight against infection.
  • Rejuvenate the body and prevent future infection.

   The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol.

In response to viral infection the body tries to combat by releasing a natural chemical known as histamine. 

  • Histamines boost blood flow in the area of your body that causes inflammation in the throat, airways and nasal cavity resulting in loss of smell, sore throat, Nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy watery eyes. Guduchi, Tankana, Surasa, Yasthimadhu will help to treat the inflammation, help to heal and repair the tissue and clear the nasal cavity
  • Mucous membrane of the entire respiratory system becomes inflamed and starts to produce too much mucus and irritates the airway resulting in Runny nose and cough. When inflammation increases and raises the body temperature stimulating the immune response resulting in Fever and fatigue. Sitopaladi churna, Vasa, Sudarshan churna and Lakshmi vilasa rasa are effective in coughing by clearing mucus and also helps to boost immunity . Vasa also helps to cure fatigue.
  • Sometimes sinuses also get infected and feel pressure pain in the cheeks and  eyes. Inflamed sinus produces pain in the face and can be managed with the help of Vacha.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbomineral preparations)

Other therapies like - Swedana (Steam therapy), Gandusha , Gargling.

Herbs

 Guduchi, Tankana, Surasa, Yasthimadhu ,  Sitopaladi churna, Vasa, Sudarshan churna and Lakshmi vilasa rasa, Vacha.


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