Corona and Ayurveda
The coronavirus is keeping India and the world in suspense. The number of new infections increases, one breaking news follows the other, and public life is being drastically restricted. There is great uncertainty and sadness. Primal fears force themselves; inner dialogues separate us from one another. How should we deal with the situation? We all need to take care of ourselves and help others with heart, compassion, and mind.
Corona from an Ayurveda perspective
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus replicates and multiplies primarily in the throat, and the upper airways called Prana Vaha Srotas in Ayurveda. It usually causes a dry cough, fever, possibly shortness of breath, tiredness, and fatigue, headache, and body aches, occasionally diarrhea, sore throat, or runny nose.
Corona from an Ayurveda perspective leads to an increase in Vata Dosha and a blockage in the Prana Vaha Srotas. TCM doctors have examined people suffering from the coronavirus and almost always found thick white coatings on the tongue, which Ayurvedically suggests Ama.
Fever is Dosha, and Ama’s result in our nutrient juice (Rasa Dhatu) and blockage of the sweaty channels.
The following five strategies result from this consideration:
- Maintain, protect and keep airways clear
- Avoid new ama and reduce the old.
- Strengthen Agni and regulate digestion
- Soothe Vata Dosha
- Nourish Ojas to strengthen the immune system
What can we do?
Very much! Ayurveda is needed now more than ever.
The best prevention against infection is our healthy and individually beneficial lifestyle, which leads to a robust immune system. Make sure you eat warm and freshly prepared vegetarian food every day with plenty of vegetables, sweet and ripe fruits, wholesome grains, legumes (Mungdal, Masoor dal), healthy fats (ghee, olive oil, walnut oil), and many spices. Drink warm water and ginger tea. Avoid fatty, cold, and heavy meals, yogurt and cheese products, ready meals and reduce alcohol.
My personal top 5 foods for boosting the immune system are ginger, horseradish, chili, garlic, and lime. If possible, incorporate these into your menu every day.
In the Ayurvedic morning routine, you should first drink a glass of hot water (60 °) and free your tongue from plaque. Do a ten-minute mouthwash every day with sesame oil, ghee, or Ayurvedic oil blends. Cleanse your nose with saltwater and put three to four drops of oil (Anu Taila, Shadbindu Taila) or ghee in each nostril. Inhale the steam of thyme or crushed ajwain seeds in hot water with a little sea salt for ten to fifteen minutes a day.
These include the five classic recipes:
- Chyavanprash Amla Mus: 1 heaped teaspoon with ginger tea
- Dashamula Churna: 1-2 teaspoons daily in warm water
- Sitopaladi Churna: 1-2 teaspoons daily with thyme honey
- Triphala Churna / tablets: 1 teaspoon / 3 grams in tablet form in the evening with warm water
- Trikatu Churna: ½-1 teaspoon daily with thyme honey
Five famous individual plants are:
- Amalaki to strengthen the immune system
- Turmeric to ward off infection
- Guduchi to strengthen the immune system
- Pippali for degumming, defense against infection, and strengthening the immune system
- Vasaka to help you breathe easier.
Use the crisis as an opportunity.
It is in our nature not often to question systems that seem to work automatically. If we are subjectively well, we change our attitude and the resulting lifestyle very little. Let’s look back at our lives: Which events were milestones and brought about the most remarkable development? What did we learn the most from? What has shaped us the most?
Usually, it is painful experiences that hold the potential for great transformation. Every one of us should now slow down, pause, and reflect on our own life. What do I want to change once the pandemic storm has passed? Who and what is important to me in life?
What if the coronavirus resulted in:
- Change our lifestyle because health cannot be taken for granted?
- we eat less and more consciously animal-based foods?
- we go back to core values and not just work through to-do lists?
- Live more in harmony with nature and its rhythms?
- we get closer to our friends, neighbors, and families?
- we respect each other more and support each other?
- formerly hostile peoples come together and end wars?
- end global poverty, hunger, and oppression?
- does globalization no longer relate exclusively to economic interests?
- nature, its plants, and animals are more respected and protected?
That would be great! Indeed, not all ten of the named consequences will happen immediately, but every step would be valuable.
Suffering comes from our clinging to the brief, said the Buddha over 2,500 years ago. The roots are ignorance, attachment, and aversion. If we break away from the illusion of maintaining the transient and immerse ourselves in the present moment, inner freedom arises. From this, we can master all crises, learn from them, and grow with them. Then Corona would have a deeper meaning.