Influenza (or what we call ‘flu’ commonly) can be a debilitating ailment, taking days or even weeks to subside. In cold weather when the body’s natural immune defences are weaker, flu afflicts many. Ayurvedic medicine has been used for centuries as both a preventative and curative flu treatment. These are some of the ways you can use Ayurveda to safeguard yourself from flu.
Eat for health the Ayurvedic way
In Ayurveda, the three doshas – pitta, kapha and vata – are the core elements that make up all matter as well as our minds. In cold and wet weather, warming foods in which the fiery pitta dosha is strong are best. Try make tea each morning using fresh ginger root steeped for 10 minutes in hot water. In addition to being warming, ginger can help to reduce nausea and vomiting – two of flu’s most uncomfortable symptoms.
Seek out Ayurvedic treatments
There are several Ayurvedic treatments that can help you to ward off flu or accelerate your recovery. Ayurvedic steam treatments use medicinal herbs and steaming enclosures to help your body rid itself of toxins. Certain hot oil treatments can also help you to restore balance and lessen any developing symptoms.
Get plenty of rest
One of the mnt lessons from Ayurveda is that mental and physical health are dependent on balance. If work stress or oter pressures are wearing you down, you are much more susceptible to or other common ailments.
Do gentle stretching
If you are feeling ill it is inadvisable to do any strenuous exercise (including yoga). Instead, do gentle stretches that will help relieve congestion. A professional Ayurveda practitioner can show you exercises that will make it easier for you to maintain optimal health in your spare time.
Flu and colds are highly common but with the right Ayurvedic precautions, you can enjoy improved health and the ease that comes with a state of balance. Contact Dr Ashish to find out more about Ayurvedic treatments for flu and other common ailments.