Influenza(flu)is an acute respiratory illness caused by infection with influenza virus. It affects the upper and lower respiratory tract and is often accompanied by systemic signs and symptoms such as fever, headache, myalgia and weakness. Flu viruses are divided into 3 types as Influenza types A and B andInfluenza Type C and differs in severity of the disease. Most children are ill with the flu for less than a week. But some children have a more serious illness and may need to be treated in the hospital. The flu may also lead to lung infection (pneumonia) or death.
In Ayurveda, it may be defined as Aupsargikaroga/Samsargajaroga (communicable disease). The disease which are communicable due to history of contact with person who is affected. According to Charaka Acharya, though individual persons differ widely in physical health and vitality, they are collectively liable to devastating epidemics (that is Janapadodwansa) caused by external factor that is Bhutabhisangaja- (influenza virus)
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Causes of Influenza
Influenza is a respiratory infection that can be caused by a variety of influenza viruses. There are three families of influenza virus: A, B, and C. Viruses that cause influenza spread from person to person mainly by droplets of respiratory fluids sent through the air when someone infected with the virus coughs or sneezes.
Ayurvedic reference of Influenza- Aupsargikaroga-Samsargajaroga
The flu is a respiratory disease, but it can affect the whole body. A child can become suddenly ill with any or all of these symptoms:
- Fever, which may be as high as 103°F (39.4°C) to 105°F (40.5°C)
- Body aches, which may be severe
- Sore throat
- Cough that gets worse
- Runny or stuffy nose
In some cases, your child may also have symptoms such as:
In Ayurveda, symptoms include,
- Symptoms including fever with chill (Sheet PurvakaJwara)
- Running nose (NasaSrava)
- Sore Throat
- Headache (Shirahshoola)
- Cough (Kasa)
- No Desire to Have Food (Aruchi)
- Watery Eyes (Nayanaplava)
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Diet in Influenza
Do’s (Pathya) in Influenza
- Handwashing is the most important way to reduce the spread of flu
- Teach children to cover their noses and mouths with tissues when sneezing or coughing, to put used tissue in a wastebasket immediately, and to wash their hands after wiping their nose or handling tissues.
- If a family member has the flu, clean surfaces (such as toys, bathroom taps and doorknobs) after the ill person has touched them.
- If your child attends daycare, tell the caregiver if you think your child has influenza. Keep your child at home, away from daycare or school, until the fever is gone and she is feeling better.
- Ahara (Food): ShadangaPaniya (medicated water prepared by Musta, Parpataka, Ushira, Chandana, Nagara, Udichya), Tarpana prepared of the LajaSaktu (Churna of perched paddy) mixed with honey, sugar and juices of fruits, Yavagu (gruel), odana (boiled rice) and Laja (popped or perched paddy), Peya(gruel) prepared with Laja
- Vihara (Life style): complete bed rest, staying in well ventilated room with hygienic condition
Don’ts (Apathya) in Influenza
- Ahara: Heavy food, curd, green peas, black eyed beans, lentils, yellow gram, black gram, raw vegetables and salads, refined foods such as white flour (Maida), contaminated water or food, sprouts, cold food and beverages, junk foods, fried food, bakery items.
- Vihara: Physical and mental exertion like physical exercises, exposure to cold, breeze, suppression of natural urges, taking bath with cold water etc.
Yoga Therapy for Influenza
The deep breathing techniques and postures in yoga can lower your body temperature and alleviate discomfort.
- Anulom Vilom Pranayama
- Kapalbhati pranayama
Ayurvedic Treatment for Influenza
We can prevent the spread of influenza by strengthening the Ojas and enhancing our body immunity. The treatment can be divided in following steps like NidanaParivarjana (removing the causative factors through diet and lifestyle regimens), Samana(Palliative), Sodhana(Purificatory), and Rasayana(rejuvenative) therapies.
Internal Medicines for Influenza
- Pachanamrta Kashaya
- Laxmivilasa rasa
- Medicated coffee
- Vaporization with tulasi leaves
- Amrtotharam Kashaya
- Sa suntipeya (gruel with dried ginger)
Respiratory Signs Predominance
- Pathyakusthumbaradi Kashaya
- Laxmivilasa rasa
Purificatory Therapies for Influenza
In Ayurveda certain conditions of Jwara (fever) some Panchakarama (purificatory therapies) i.e., Vamana, Virechana, Vasthi, Nasya, etc. are indicated depending on doshic strategy and their contraindications. They can be applied in Influenza management depending upon the condition of patient and disease.
Single herbs used in for Influenza
- Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera)
- Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
- Yashtimadhu (Glycerrhizaglabra)
- Kutaki (Picrorrhizakurroa)
- Punarnava (Boerhaaviadiffusa)
- Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
- Bhumyamalki (Phyllanthusniruri)
- Chitraka (Plumbagozeylanica)
- Nimba (Azadirachtaindica)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist