Ayurveda Offers Time-Tested Anti-Viral Strategy
While COVID-19 is new to humans, we’ve been dealing with pandemics for a thousand years. Ayurveda, a traditional Indian medicine system, has been around longer than that. So we asked Somesh Kaushik, ND, an Ayurvedic and naturopathic physician with an office in Murray Hill, for time-tested tips for keeping viruses at bay.
Kaushik’s first advice involves temperature: Because heat destroys pathogens, we should keep our bodies warm (he suggests warm foot baths) and eat our food warm too.
“Food from restaurants should be well cooked—nothing cold or raw,” he says. “You don’t want to consume anything pre-cut and touched by so many people if it isn’t cooked. Avoid cold or raw foods, even at home.” Anything from a food bar, which Kaushik generally warns against, should be reheated before it’s eaten.
What should we consume? “Take hot soups cooked with ginger and turmeric every day,” Kaushik says. He also recommends Ayurvedic herbal remedies to boost immunity, like vasa plex, immunity plex, amla juice, giloy and chyawanprash, taken twice a day, and 2000 mg of vitamin C taken three times a day.
Other Ayurvedic immune boosters include swedana therapy (steam with ozone) and pranayama and other yoga asanas. And then there’s the ultimate natural remedy: good night’s sleep.
“Take care of your other health conditions, since the physical and mental stress of being sick suppresses the body’s ability to fight disease,” Kaushik says. “And contact your healthcare provider immediately if you are not feeling well.”