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Flu & Cold

Updated: Nov 7, 2023


Flu & Cold

Recurrent common cold and flu are the results of viral infection that actually attacks the respiratory system. The system includes nose, lungs and throat. The infection can be well managed with the medicines and if left untreated, then it may cause serious complications. So the infection must be treated well before it poses a risk for other health problems as well.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?


Common cold with a running nose is the primary symptom. Sneezing and sore throat develops slowly and then flu tends to come suddenly.


Other common symptoms are listed below:

  • Fever.

  • Sweats and chills.

  • Headache, fatigue, nasal congestion.

  • Dry and persistent cough.

  • Aching muscles.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?


The infection can be spread via droplet in the air by sneezing or coughing by an infected person. Germs on any object may also cause this viral infection. Weak immune system is another main cause of this infection.


WHO ARE AT THE RISK?

  • Children under 5 years of age (especially under 2 years old) are at high risk of developing this infection.

  • Pregnant women.

  • Person with weak immunity.

  • Person suffering from chronic illness like diabetes, kidney disease, asthma etc.

  • Obese people are also at high risk.

  • People working in nursing homes or other health care centers.

  • People with 65 years old or above.


AYURVEDIC TREATMENT


No doubt, the modern treatment is available for this viral infection, but the main disadvantage of this treatment is that it causes side effects. And to manage the risk of side effects, Ayurvedic treatment is there. The treatment uses herbs to cure any disorder. The herbs are the natural gift that is provided to us by nature.Ayurveda believes in the balancing of the three doshas in order to cure any disorder. The tridoshas are regarded as the life forces. And these must be in balanced state in order to stay away from any disease. For common cold and flu as well, Ayurveda offers a natural treatment and is safe for everyone. Planet Ayurveda is here to provide an effective natural treatment for the same.


WHAT PLANTBASED AYURVEDA HAS FOR THIS VIRAL INFECTION?


Plantbased Ayurveda has an effective treatment for the same. The house provides a combination of herbal medicines to cure the problem effectively. Planet Ayurveda, being a herbal company, uses the pure ingredients only in their formulation. The house offers only 100 percent pure and natural products and hence are free from side effects and are safe to use.


PLANT BASED AYURVEDA HAS FOLLOWING HERBAL MEDICINES FOR COMMON COLD AND FLU


1. Giloy Capsules

Giloy Capsules are prepared from pure herbal extract obtained from Tinospora cordifolia. Giloy has become very popular because it can care swine flu. According to Ayurveda, it is described as 'amrita' because of its numerous medicinal properties. Giloy is anti-arthritic, anti-pyretic, digestive, anti-inflammatory, anticancerous and excellent blood purifier. It is also used in the treatment of chronic fever, gout, cardiac debility, skin problems, anemia, jaundice, leprosy and all type of cancers. Planet Ayurveda Giloy Capsules are 100% pure and natural. They are very effective, free from chemicals or any adverse side effects. There are more than 30-40 species of Giloy which are found throughout the world. Out of these species, 4 species found in India are very beneficial for the treatment of various ailments.


Pack size - Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.


2. Immune Magic

As the name suggests, the capsules are for immune boosting. The product is packed with pure and standardized extracts of herbs that are effective for common cold and flu like symptoms. The product is nutritional enough that will help in the removal of toxic wastes from the body and provides nutrients to make digestion healthy enough. Thereby, helps in making immune system healthy too.


Pack size - Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.


3. Kishore Guggul

The herbal tablets are made using a special combination of ten different herbs. The tablets contain the pure herbs in it and are made using without chemicals or additives.Triphala (Terminelia chebula, Terminelia bellerica, Emblica officinalis) used in this formulation is the best one for the detoxification process. Giloy (Guduchi) herb is also known to be a good blood purifier. Trikatu (Black pepper, long pepper and ginger) is another main ingredient in this formulation that is helpful in removal of worms out of the body. These three ingredients are combined with the main ingredient- Guggul (Commiphora mukul).Overall the product works very well in the elimination of toxins from the body and thereby boost the immune system and manages the infection.


Pack size - Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.


4. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin capsules are prepared using the frequently used herb in Ayurveda for a number of health purposes and that is curcumin (Curcuma longa).Curcumin is known to have strong effects on our immune system. The compound has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It is useful in boosting the immunity. It helps in the removal of toxins from the body and hence a great way to manage this infection. The compound contains anti-oxidant property that helps in the scavenging of free radicals which in turn, enhances the immune system and enables the system to handle the infections in a better way.


Pack size - Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.


5. Aller - g care Capsules

As the name indicates, the product is the excellent one to manage any kind of allergy such as allergy related to respiratory system. These herbal capsules are made using the combination of pure and standardized extracts of useful herbs. The herbs include Haridra (Curcuma Longa), Shirish (Albezzia lebbock), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) and Neem (Azadirachta Iindica).Haridra is a strong anti-oxidant that helps in the removal of free radicals from the body. Neem is also known to have strong cleaning action on our body. It works very well in infections and allergies like common cold and flu. Neem is known to have anti-bacterial properties and hence a great way to manage viral and bacterial infections as well. Ashwagandha is known to have rejuvenating properties that will help the herb to act over allergies or viral infection. It is a good anti-oxidant and supports immunity as well. Shirish is known to be helpful in the removal of poisons and toxic wastes from the body.Overall the product is the perfect one to manage the viral infection such as common cold and flu.


Pack size - Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.


Dosage for Kids
  • Giloy Capsules - 1 twice daily

  • Kishore Guggul - 1 twice daily

  • Immune Booster - 1 twice daily

Dosage for Adults
  • Giloy Capsules - 2 twice daily

  • Curcumin - 2 twice daily

  • Kishore Guggul - 2 twice daily

  • Immune Booster - 2 twice daily

  • Aller-G Care - 2 twice daily

Swine Flu and Ayurveda-, What is Swine Flu


Seasonal Flu (regular flu) infects millions of people every year. It's fair to say it's a common ailment, just like a cold. Regular flu also kills thousands of people each year...if one does not handle it in time... The regular flu can get complicated and attract more infections.


Study of such outbreaks of diseases is covered under Janapadodhvansa topic in ancient texts such as Charaka. Janapadodhvansa means destruction of population. Such diseases can catch anybody irrespective of his or her Dosha constitution, however, persons with good immunity are less affected by the disease with less severe symptoms. This is also known as epidemic.


Symptom complex of swine flu seems to be similar to that of kapha-vata jvara. Therefore, herbs such as guduchi, shunthi (ginger), kantakari can be good for this condition. All these herbs are very useful in Jvara (fever).Further treatment includes use of Holy Basil leaves,(Tulsi) Turmeric capsules, Tribhuvan kirti ras, Kaisore guggul, Kachnaar guggul.The treatment prescribed above does not mean that you should not go for tests and not go for check up at nearest hospital and get tests done for H1N1. This treatment is just an adjuvant treatment along with the regular Tamiflu treatment aAll these are very useful in all kinds of flu, to ease the symptoms.


VIRUS is nothing but ----- It's a tiny packet of only eight genes wrapped in a cloak of proteins, much smaller than a bacterium. Unlike bacteria, a virus is only half alive. It can't eat or reproduce on its own, but must take over the genetic machinery of a living cell. Most viruses are harmless; some are useful, but others, such as the flu virus, can be deadly. What makes this swine flu virus special is it’s novel combination of bird, pig and human viral genes never before found in the U.S. or elsewhere, so people have no immunity to it. It's a descendant of the H1N1 virus that killed tens of millions of people worldwide inthe pandemic of 1918-1919, mixed in with recent strains of swine and bird fluviruses. The 1918 virus originated in birds and then jumped to humans. Thisyear's virus apparently jumped from a pig to a 5-year-old boy in Veracruz ,Mexico , who passed it on to other humans.


H1N1 stands for-- It's the initials of two sugar proteins (their scientific names arehemagglutinin and neuramidinase) that sit on the surface of the virus and do itsdirty work.The virus can be transmitted through the air - by a cough or a sneeze - or bya handshake or by touching an infected surface, such as a doorknob. The viruscan live for up to two hours outside a cell. It can't be passed by eating pork.


There are no particular symptoms that distinguish swine flu from other types of flu. Symtoms like diarrhea and vomiting are also associated with swine flu. Those symptoms can also be caused by many other conditions, and that means that you and your doctor can't know, just based on your symptoms, The basic symptoms for swine flu are similar to the seasonal flu which may include:


* Fever of more than 100* Coughing

* Runny nose and/or sore throat

* Joint aches* Severe headache

* Vomiting and/or diarrhea

* Lethargy

* Lack of appetite


Diagnosis is the identification, by process of elimination, of the nature of anything. Diagnosis is used in many disciplines: medicine, science. Blood test is done to identify swine flu from normal flu.


As a general measure, following should help to build up one's immunity: Observing good diet according to your Agni, avoiding bad food combinations as advised by ayurveda, practicing ayurvedic dinacharya (daily routine), and ritucharya (routine according to season). Judicious use of herbs according to season and constitution would be a good idea.






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