Herbal Remedies for Influenza, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

Influenza

Influenza or flu is defined as an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus that affects the upper respiratory tract mainly nose, throat and lungs. It is highly contagious condition which can spread through coughing or sneezing of the infected person, sharing handkerchiefs or other common items with the patient. Untreated influenza can lead to bronchitis, asthma and various other respiratory disorders. The incubation period of the influenza is 2 days average being 1 to 4 days.

Usually, influenza subsides on its own but it can be complicated for:

  • Young children under the age of five years or adults who are more than 65 years of age.
  • People with weak immune system
  • People who have more body weight or are obese
  • People who are already suffering from chronic diseases such as asthma, heart diseases, kidney diseases and diabetes.

CAUSES

Influenza is mainly caused by the virus. The flu causing viruses travel through the air in the form of droplets and when a person who is already suffering from influenza sneezes or coughs, the droplets are inhaled by the healthy people and cause influenza. The virus is also transmitted through the contact with contaminated objects.

SYMPTOMS

  • Severe weakness in the body
  • Pain in whole body
  • Fever with chills
  • Headache mainly in frontal and retro-orbital region
  • Sore throat
  • Cough with running nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Aching joints and limbs
  • Aching muscles, mainly back and arms
  • Feeling of being exhausted
  • Tachycardia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nasal congestion

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

In Ayurveda, influenza is known as Vata Shleshmika Jwara. Ayurveda believes that the three doshas namely vata, pitta and kapha get imbalanced during the seasonal changes and this leads to the condition of flu.

Single Ayurvedic herbs useful in this condition are:

  • Tulsi
  • Pippali
  • Haridra
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Guduchi
  • Black pepper
  • Yashtimadhu

Ayurvedic formulations recommended in this case are:

  • Tribhuvana Kirti Rasa
  • Anand Bhairava Rasa
  • Anand Mani Rasa
  • Tulsi Rasa
  • Pippali Churna
  • Yashtimadhu Churna
  • Giloy Ghan Vati
  • Maha Sudarshan Ghan Vati
  • Kapha Ketu Rasa

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Use honey and cinnamon powder daily in your food. This not only protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks but also strengthens the immune system.
  • Avoid eating heavy, oily and junk food items.
  • Have light and properly cooked food.
  • Soups of vegetables and meat should be included in your diet.
  • Avoid eating sour fruits such as banana, guava.
  • Avoid exposure to cold winds, bath and exercise.
  • Eat a balanced diet containing low fat dairy products, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
  • Include garlic in your diet.
  • Have iron and zinc rich food items as it boosts the immune system.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing meals, after handling raw meats.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Take one teaspoon of honey in a bowl and place this bowl in a bowl containing hot water. To this add a pinch of cinnamon powder and mix well. Take this atleast two times a day.
  • Take one properly mashed onion. Press it on a sieve and extract the juice. Add one tablespoon of honey to it. Mix well and drink one teaspoon of this three times a day.
  • Add four teaspoons of fenugreek powder, four teaspoons of lemon juice, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of ginger paste in one glass of hot water. Mix well and boil this for 15 minutes.
  • Add one teaspoon of cumin seeds to one glass of boiling water. Strain and let it cool for some time. Drink this 10-12 times a day. Also add ginger to the boiling water if sore throat is present.
  • Take two crushed garlic cloves and add these to the boiling water. Also add one teaspoon of turmeric powder to this and have it two times a day.
  • Take a half teaspoon of powder of long pepper, two teaspoons of honey and two teaspoons of ginger. Prepare a mixture of the above and take this three times a day.

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Cinnamon (Dalchini) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Cinnamon, Dalchini

INTRODUCTION

Cinnamon (Dalchini) is found in Himalayan region, Ceylon and Malaya. Based on the countries of origin, it is categorized into three forms:-

  1. Cinnamomum cassia: It comes from China and its bark is thick.
  2. Cinnamomum spp.:- It is imported in India from Sri Lanka. It is thinner than that found in China, sweeter and less bitter. For medicinal purposes, cinnamon from Sinhal Island is the best.
  3. Cinnamomum tamala: – It is thick, less bitter and when grinded with water, it becomes sticky. Its leaves are known as tejpat. This variety found in India and China is called Taj. Taj does not have oil and only the bark is used. Cinnamon is used as a common spice in cooking.

APPEARANCE

Cinnamon (Dalchini) ever green tree is 15-20 ft fall. Its leaves are frontal, leathery, 3-5inch long and upper part is shiny with 2-4 veins. When crushed, leaves release a pungent odour. The taste of leaves is bitter. Flowers are long, and grow in bunches. They also have a pungent smell. The fruits are 1\2 to 1 inch long, oval, dark purple and bell shaped.

PROPERTIES

Cinnamon (Dalchini) promotes digestion, cure gastric problems, and improve liver function. It is pitta shamak, analgesic and purifies mouth. It cures foul smell of the mouth and sore throat. It also strengthens heart.

MEDICINAL USAGE & BENEFITS

TOOTH PAIN:-

  1. Soak a piece of cotton in cinnamon oil and apply on the aching tooth.
  2. Use its 5-6 leaves to brush the teeth. It cleans the teeth and the teeth become shiny, white.

INFLUENZA:-

Take 2 ½ gm. cinnamon, 500mg cloves, and 1gm ginger root. Boil them in 1/2 liter water till water is reduced to 200ml. Strain the solution. Give 40ml of this solution thrice a day. It cures influenza fever.

DEAFNESS: –

Put 2drops of cinnamon oil in ears. It cures the deafness.

EYES: –

Apply the cinnamon oil on eyes. It cures the flickering of eyes and also improves eyesight.

COUGH, CHRONIC RHINITIS:-

Give ¼ teaspoonful cinnamon powder with 1 teaspoonful slightly warm honey three times a day. It cures cough.

HEADACHE:-

  1. Apply paste of 7-9 leaves of cinnamon on forehead. It gives relief in headache due to excessive cold or heat. After the patient gets the relief, wash off the paste.
  2. Apply cinnamon oil on forehead. It cures headache due to cold.
  3. Prepare paste of cinnamon and apply on forehead, or take the juice of cinnamon and apply on forehead. It cures headache due to cold.

HICCOUGHS:-

Give 5-15gm decoction with 150gm mastagi. It cures hiccoughs due to cough.

TUBERCULOSIS: –

Give very little quantity of cinnamon oil. It kills the warms.

OSTEOARTHRITIS:-

Take 5-10 gm. cinnamon powder and 10-20gm honey and form a paste. Use this paste to massage. Along with the massage, give 1 cup warm water with tablespoonful honey and 1 gm cinnamon powder mixed in it, thrice a day to the patient.

BLEEDING:-

  1. Decoction of cinnamon stop bleeding. Therefore, in case where there is bleeding in lungs, uterus or any other type of blood loss, give 5-10gm decoction very morning, afternoon, and evening.
  2. In case of blood loss from any part of body, give 1 teaspoonful cinnamon powder with 1cup water, 2-3 times a day.

CHOLESTEROL:-

Give 1gm teaspoonful honey and 2 teaspoonful cinnamon powder with ½ cup water, thrice a day. It reduces the cholesterol level.

STOMACH DISORDERS:-

  1. Give 4gm cinnamon powder in 1 teaspoonful honey, thrice a day. It cures stomach problems, diarrhea, indigestion, loose motion and swelling of the stomach caused by indigestion or accumulation of wind.
  2. Mix 650mg cinnamon powder and 650 mg catechu powder. Give this to the patient to be taken orally with water. Repeat this 1-2 times a day. It cures diarrhea.
  3. Massage the cinnamon oil on stomach. It cures the intestinal spasm.
  4. Prepare paste of 2gm cinnamon and 8gm catechu. ADD 150gm boiled water in it and keep it covered for at least 1hour. Strain the solution after 1hour and give half portion of it to the patient twice. It cures loose motion.
  5. Give 5-10 gm decoction of cinnamon and clove. It stops vomits.
  6. Give bael fruit juice with 3-6 gm cinnamon powder sprinkled in it, every morning and evening. It cures diarrhea.
  7. In case of vomiting , give 15-20 gm decoction of cinnamon.
  8. Incase of stomach pain and vomiting, give 6-10 ml oil with 16 gm sugar candy to the patient.

FEVER:-

In case of communicable fever, give 2 teaspoonful honey with 6 gm. cinnamon powder, every morning afternoon and evening.

ADVERSE EFFECTS

Excessive intake may cause headache in people with warm nature. Cinnamon should not be given to pregnant ladies as it aborts the foetus. It placed in vagina, it may cause abortion.