Viral fevers and infections have become more and more common nowadays. A simple change in climate and a rise in temperature can be the very cause of viral fever. These infections are mostly triggered by airborne infections that we get from an infected person.
Viral infections can have symptoms such as cold, cough, flu, mild fever, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, etc.
There are many ways that you can contact a viral fever-
- By inhaling infected droplets released during coughing or sneezing by an ill person.
- By consuming contaminated foods or drinks.
- Some carriers such as insects and animals can also carry viruses.
Ayurvedic Perspective of Viral Fever and Infections
According to Ayurveda, all individuals have three Doshas in their body i.e- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Any imbalance in the three Doshas of the body can cause illnesses.
Fever in Ayurveda is termed as Jwara Roga. This is mainly caused due to an imbalance in the Vata and Kapha Doshas. An imbalance in Kapha can cause cold symptoms and excess of Vata often reduces the digestive fire causing chills, fatigue, weak digestion and body pains.
Every disease starts from Ama (Digestive Toxin) which leads to an imbalance of Dhatus (Bodily Tissues). This weakens the primordial immunity of our body (Ojas) and our body becomes more and more prone to infections and allergies.
So, Ayurveda aims at balancing the Agni (Digestive Fire) and Doshas in the body to protect our bodies from viral infections and fever.
There are three different types of fevers in Ayurveda-
Vata Fevers– These usually arrive in the monsoon season and can cause racing pulse, great thirst, body aches and pains, and fluctuating body temperatures. The diet includes a lot of water and warm soups. Make a decoction of Sudarshan churan and Guduchi.
Pitta Fevers-Pitta fever is caused due to an aggravated Pitta Dosha. These have symptoms such as a burning forehead, high fever, bad-smelling sweat, loose motions and nausea. It is recommended to take fruits such as musk melon, sweet lime (mausumbi) and drink lemon water with sugar. Make decoctions of kutki and chandanadi.
Kapha Fevers– These are caused due to an imbalance in the Kapha Dosha. It can cause blocked sinuses, heaviness and congestion. To relieve the upper respiratory system, it is recommended to drink lots of warm water and fluids, take kadha made from tulsi, ginger, pepper and avoid Kapha aggravating foods such as curd, ghee etc.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies For Viral Fever
Herbal Tulsi Kadha for viral fever Tulsi kadha is a natural immunity booster and has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to support respiratory immunity. This Kadha can also relieve symptoms of viral fever, soothes sore throat and reduces cough. Tulsi has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties that will fight off infections and reduce viral fever. It rehydrates the body during a viral fever and reduces inflammation in the body.
Dried ginger powder Ginger can also help in viral infections as it helps in reducing inflammation in the body.
Diet Ayurveda recommends that your overall diet during a viral fever should be light, easy to digest, and full of fluids. You can also add spices like cumin, pepper, cinnamon etc as these can relieve symptoms of viral fever like coughing, vomiting, cold, and congestion.
Turmeric milk Use Turmeric milk
Ayurvedic treatment for Viral Fever
Herbs in this formulation also help if faced with usual flu-like symptoms e.g. fever, runny nose, difficulty in breathing, and cough.
- Reduces improperly-digested impurities (ama) that can block microcirculatory channels
- Helps decrease microbial load
- Helps balance excess mucus
- Helps the body build its immunity
Giloy Ghan Vati
Giloy not just improves the immunity but also helps in balancing all three Doshas, seven Dhatus, helps in releasing toxins (AMA) from our body and is an immunomodulator. It is a very good antipyretic herb that majorly balances the Pitta dosha. Giloy Ghan Vati is beneficial in all types of fevers, gout, burning sensation, headache, body ache, loss of appetite and indigestion. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help protect the body from various microbes.
This Ayurvedic Kadha is a must-have when you are suffering from viral fever. Ayush Kwath is made from potent ingredients that are antipyretic, anti-viral, immunity-boosting and Vata-Kapha pacifying. Ayush Kwath aids the body in eliminating any cough from the lungs, soothing a sore throat and raising overall immunity.
Anu Taila contains 8 Vata-Kapha pacifying herbs that help remove cough and strengthen the nasal membrane to protect it against bacterial and viral invasions. This oil supports respiratory immunity, lubricates the nasal passage and removes congestion.
Prandhara Oil aids in protecting against harmful bacteria, viruses and allergens that try to invade the body through the nasal passage. Daily steam inhalation by adding a few drops of Prandhara oil can help remove toxins, strengthen the nasal membrane and reduce cough formation.
To Sum Up
Viral fever and infection can lower your immunity and weaken your body considerably. These simple ayurvedic tips can help you recover faster. Trying out Ayurvedic herbs and formulations can help balance the Doshas in the body and improve your innate immunity for the long term.
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