As the nation tries to break free from the spread of COVID-19, a large number of people who have recovered from the infection are still facing serious health problems, and are suffering from a condition called ‘Long Covid’.
“The World Health Organization has expressed its deep concern about the people suffering from Long Kovid. Studies conducted in India have found that there has been a four-fold increase in the cases of long covid during the second wave of the pandemic. Long-term effects like fatigue, shortness of breath, persistent cough, chest pain, digestive system related ailments, memory and concentration problems etc. Dr J Harendran Nair, Founder & MD, Pankajkastri Herbals India Pvt. are taking.” Ltd.
Dr Nair said that there are a plethora of Ayurvedic remedies available that can restore the health of the body and mind after recovery. “According to the principles of modern Ayurveda, it is important to maintain optimum immunity levels after contracting the virus to ensure that re-infection is ruled out and this can be achieved by resorting to a number of measures,” he said. Told indianexpress.com. .
He explained that after testing negative an additional period of rest is recommended and this marks the beginning of the treatment for COVID 19. It is important that the patient remains well hydrated by consuming lukewarm water during the period and that their diet includes enough minerals and vitamins such as zinc, vitamin C, and B vitamins to build up the immunity level. “Patients are recommended a cooked diet that includes things like leafy vegetables, soups, rice, wheat or jowar with ginger, garlic, black pepper, turmeric, tomatoes, and so on. It is to be noted that while fruits like pomegranate and grapes are allowed post-COVID, salads should not be consumed,” he suggested.
As the patient starts recovering, it is suggested to incorporate pranayama and yoga asanas in the daily routine to speed up the rate of recovery. Pranayama improves the health of the lungs and accelerates its recovery. During the transition and recovery period it is advisable to go in for a digital detox and engage in memory games, word puzzles, sudoku etc.
“It is recommended that all recovered patients monitor their oxygen levels and continue medications for any other existing ailments such as diabetes, blood pressure, etc., while managing complications that may arise after recovery from COVID-19. As COVID-19 affects the lungs, it is the respiratory organs that are most affected as the body tries to recover from the virus attack. It can lead to bronchitis, sneezing, sinusitis and habitual cold and can be controlled with Ayurvedic formulations that include black pepper, Indian long pepper, dry ginger and cardamom,” he said.
Ginger: An anti-inflammatory spice, it is known to help detoxify the body and get rid of pollutants in the lungs. It also helps improve circulation and is an active ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations for lung ailments. “According to Ayurveda, consuming less than 5 grams of raw ginger per day can be of immense benefit to the body,” he shared.
Black pepper: Black pepper is a storehouse of antioxidants, and according to scientific research, it cures cancer, heart disease, lung disorders and many other diseases. It is a regular ingredient in the formulation to cure respiratory diseases
Cardamom: Green cardamom, widely used in cooking, is a natural expectorant that helps the lungs get rid of excess mucus and prevents infections due to its anti-inflammatory nature. It is beneficial for patients suffering from lung related diseases.
Indian long pepper: Indian long pepper is a medicinal plant and its fruit and root are used to prepare herbal medicines to cure asthma and bronchitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.