The coronavirus disease(covid-19) disease has shaken the health care system globally. It has become a global public health emergency. Host friendly intervention from traditional medicine focused on improving immunity and offering mental strength to cope with this pandemic are the need of the hour. Yoga and Naturopathy, a holistic system of medicine operates by adapting the principles of salutogenesis can be easily integrated into thd existing standard of care in prevention and management.
Naturopathy and yoga advocates good nutrition for maintaining a high level of immunity. Various micronutrients like vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin D have a major role to play in optimizing the host immune functions. Daily intake of 90mg of Vitamin C offers protection against infections by phagocytic accumulation and generation of reactive oxygens species. Similarly Vitamin E Is also known to enhance T cell activations that enhance humoral response that make it a critical micronutrient in enhancing immune functions. The Recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E Is 15 milligram a day. Vitamin D Is another highly recognized micronutrient that upscales human immunity. The major source of this Vitamin is Sunlight..
Naturopathic dietary prescription that includes fresh vegetables salad, fruits, fruit juices, dry fruits, sprouts, coconut milk, dry chapatti with cooked vegetables and soups has been shown to improve the immune status even in highly immune compromised diseased conditions. The use of water therapies in various temperature, forms and pressure is an integral part of naturopathy. The common modalities of Hydrotherapy used in infection are hot water gargling, steam inhalation, jala neti, chest packs, formentation, compress. Hot water sipping or gargling is a traditional practices which is known to allevate the symptoms of sore throat, cold and flu. Hot water gargling decreases the superesing bronchial symptoms in upper respiratory tract infections. Steam inhalation is another anecdotal Hydrotherapeutic practices that improves mucociliary clearance and reduces the air getting trapped in the bronchi. This help in improving the Respiratory Rhythm, which is commonly affected in Covid-19.
Jalaneti is the part of yogic kriyas, which help to alleviate and prevent upper respiratory tract infections, it is used to treat common cold, cough, sinusitis, rhinitis etc . Jala neti is utilized to treat respiratory disease like asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis as it clears the nasal canal and improves the oxygen intake. Chest packs is the part of hydrotherapy. The blood vessels of chest are made to contract instantly when contact with cold compress. The tidal air is increased more than one third in volume. Formentation stimulations tissues activities and increasing metabolism of the tissues and also quickening the circulation of the body parts. Stress as an important factor that catalyses the pathogenesis of infections disease in men. Yoga is being utilized as a therapeutics measures to offers mental and physical health.. It is an intergrated practices of Asanas, Pranayamas and meditations.