Ayurveda is the science of life. Having originated in India more than 5,000 years ago, this field of medicine stemmed from a Vedic culture where medicine was based on nature. Mother Nature was and continues to be the source of all medicines in Ayurveda.
It is not only concerned about healing but truly believes the adage “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” Understanding your own body, mind, and spirit empowers you to achieve balance in different aspects of life.
Ayurveda is one of the most ancient & comprehensive system of healthcare known to humanity. According to Ayurveda, the individual whose physiology (Doshas), digestive fire (Agni), tissues (Dhatus), and metabolism (Malas) are functioning at their optimum level and in balance, is healthy.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world, it has become apparent that only you are responsible for your own health and well-being. At present, the entire human race is collectively focused on remaining disease-free.
As we are in the middle of a global pandemic, the efforts are not only limited to a particular country but every medical professional across the world is trying to find a perfect solution. Even though the vaccination drive is picking up pace in different parts of the world, it is important to remember that the case numbers are also rising at an alarming pace. However, we must not let fear conquer our minds. Our thoughts that turn into actions have a grave impact on our health. Fear tends to spread even more rapidly than the virus!
In times of sudden and unprecedented changes the effects of subcellular molecular events have rippled across the entire planet. Understanding Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology, helps us to gain insight into how certain planetary evolutions can affect our day to day lives at an individual as well as cosmic level. It is essential to rally collective human efforts to truly understand the pandemic and its after-effects. It boils down to the Vedic concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam which means that the whole world is one family.
We all know that humans need three primary elements to survive: food, water, and air. When the lungs are affected, as in the case of Covid-19, the key is to restore the flow of air in the body–the Prana. Prana is described in many different cultures and religions but essentially boils down to the same thing, Vital Life Force.
COVID-19 attacks the lungs which causes inflammation. Inflammation is nothing but your immune system responding to an irritant–it could be a foreign object, a viral or bacterial infection, excess toxins, or even trauma.
According to Ayurveda, when there is an imbalance of the pitta dosha (the fire principle) it leads to inflammation in the body. Agni or metabolic fire is important for our body as it generates the energy that sustains the rest of the bodily functions. However, when that same heat is generated in the wrong places in the body, it gives rise to chronic or meta- inflammation.
Ayurveda has a plethora of herbs and spices that have been used to treat inflammation for thousands of years. We are now exploring the potential of Ayurvedic herbs and spices from an ethno-botanical perspective. Turmeric, Ginger, Brahmi, Guduchi and Ashwagandha are the most commonly prescribed herbs and spices to treat inflammation.
From the Ayurvedic perspective, we wanted to look into a natural way to boost immunity and fight the Covid-19 symptoms. To that end, Artemisia proved to be a crucial herb in suppressing the imbalances that are caused in the body due to the attack of SARS-CoV-2.
Artemisia is an herb that has been around for thousands of years and is explained in Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia. Artemisia is found in the hilly regions of India in the high altitudes of Western Himalayas between 2400 m and 3600 m. This medicinal plant has many species and goes by the Sanskrit name–Dvipaantara Damanaka and has unique anti-inflammatory effects when consumed orally.
It is bitter and astringent in taste, light and dry and has heating potency. It is classically used to reduce fever, chronic cough, pain and reduce inflammation.
Research-backed studies have shown that Artemisia plays a crucial role in addressing an entire gamut of physiological imbalances through a unique combination of pharmacological actions (Source: Antiviral and Immunomodulation Effects of Artemisia).
In order to fight the COVID-19 attack on the body, we designed a medicine that harnesses the unique properties of Artemisia. Pulmoheal is a perfect blend of traditional eastern medicine with the latest modern medicine in the west. Moreover, these capsules with a plant-based extract have scientifically proven the benefits of Artemisia as written in the ancient Ayurvedic texts.
The COVID-19 fever can be described as a Vata-Kapha predominant fever in Ayurveda, that has all the characteristics of a contagious disease or Janapadodhwamsa Vikara. Consuming the Pulmoheal medicines orally helps suppress the inflammation of the lungs, alleviates fever, reduces cough and cold that is associated with the Covid-19 symptoms.
Recently a patient in New York who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was presenting symptoms such as high fever, pain, and severe cough, we found that the progress of his disease could be successfully arrested by using Pulmoheal.
On Day 7, the same patient who had been consuming Pulmoheal, reported that his fever, body ache and cough had subsided. His appetite had also returned on Day 7. By Day 16, he had regained his lost sense of smell. Even though the patient was presenting more severe symptoms such as a fever of 103 F, the targeted Ayurvedic treatment helped prevent the disease from reaching a critical stage.
Pulmoheal is an amalgamation of the objective science of western medicine and the subjective science of holistic health and wellness routines steeped in Ayurveda. The medical community can tap into this wealth of knowledge and design ways to find a cure to this disease that is proving to be its biggest challenge.
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar BAMS, MD(Ayurveda)
Author: Change Your Schedule Change Your Life