Waning The Winter Woes

Learn how to become immune to the common cold & the flu with Ayurveda. 

And in case it does hit you, do not resist it. Rather, accept it and apply some of the tactics listed in this article to actually make the flu work for you!

So, what exactly is the flu?

The flu is most certainly not a disease that calls for panic or that needs to be “treated”.
The flu is a natural detoxification that the body’s intelligence wisely instigates to “clean the house”. So do not suppress it!

Your body “vents” (clears) toxins 24hrs a day. But sometimes, particularly as the seasons become colder, it gets overwhelmed and opens up all the vents for immediate clearing. This clearing comes in many forms: perspiration, breathing, sweating, rashes, diarrhoea, colds, cases of flu and so on.

So we must facilitate this process of “cleaning the house” by allowing and assisting the toxins to be eliminated.

Unfortunately, people aren’t facilitating this process enough.

Common Treatment Process of the Flu

Hot cup of tea over bedside table
  • People are masking the symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs that fool the body into feeling that it doesn’t have any toxins to eliminate.
  • The drugs may also clog or block these “vents” (elimination channels).
      • These toxins then will get trapped deeper into the bodily channels, causing deeper problems down the track.
  • Additionally, drugs and vaccines will further add to the toxins that are trapped in the body and increases the risk and severity of "Dis-Ease" later on. No one currently knows the long-term impact of these ‘foreign’ substances that are being injected into the bloodstreams of many people (vaccinations).
Vent the Body to Prevent Disease
If your body is not able to “vent” toxins coming in (like undigested food [known in Ayurveda as ama], environmental pollutants, stressful relationships, stressful work situations, etc.) you will most certainly experience discomfort.
So in winter, if you or your children get the sniffles or a severe cold, rather than stressing, here are some simple home remedies to keep these “vents” open and working effectively.
Realise that your body is trying to cleanse during this period and the best thing you can do is to support it during the detoxification process.

Ayurvedic tips to assist the body cleanse

There are many tips and principles that Ayurveda can provide to effectively conquer the flu & the common cold:
  • Avoid suppressing the symptoms with a pharmaceutical drug - Yes, you might get some symptomatic short-term relief, but the effects of the toxic residues that are left behind will show up down the road and your body’s natural intelligence to function will be weakened.
      • There are other ways to relieve the discomfort listed below. However, if after you have tried natural remedies to relieve the symptoms you are still unbearingly suffering, it is sometimes better to take the pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Rest - The most important. Avoid the cold wind outside, avoid strenuous work, exercise & late nights. Stay warm.
  • Eat lighter - Cut down on your intake of meat and animal products such as cheese and yogurt. Dinner especially should be light (soups are best).
  • Liquid diet day - Any cooked and pureed foods or soups, lassi, fresh fruit juices and herbal teas can help you overcome a virus much more easily. Avoid vegetable juices.
  • Fasting - To do this you first need to understand and consider your body type. Fasting is a tremendously effective tool to cleanse and renew the body, but it should not be done without taking proper considerations first (i.e. your body weight, energy levels, etc.). That being said,  fasting coupled with sipping hot water all day is “the best/chief among those which cure fever.” (1)
  • Sip hot water - Plain hot water is the best approach to clear all body’s channels and hydrate the body. Plain is best because it works on all the body’s channels, rather than specifically targeting a certain area. Plus, plain hot water is even more hydrating than lemon water! Frequency is what matters, not quantity. Sip every 10-15 minutes. You can also make a tea with turmeric + a little black pepper or cumin + ajwain tea.
  • Avoid therapies such as massage, nasya (oil administered in nose) and any excessive body stimulation.

Herbs and Whole-Food Remedies

Honey and Kitchen Spice Paste

This powerful cough and cold remedy increases immunity & fights infections. You can find the recipe HERE.
Tulsi tea - English name “Holy Basil.” Also known as the “Queen of Herbs” in Ayurveda. Tulsi is especially effective for lungs and to decongest the respiratory system.
A bowl containing a remedy for the flu that is very often used in Ayurveda
Salt + warm water gargle - Can do all throughout the day, especially if experiencing sore throat. Use 1/2tsp-1tsp of black salt for best effect. Can add a little turmeric to the water for stronger bacteria-fighting help.
Gargle with liquorice tea - Soothe a sore throat and reduce inflammation.
Steam inhalation - Perhaps one of the most effective remedies. Add 2 drops of Vital Veda/Raju Prandhara into a bowl of boiling water, cover head and bowl with towel and inhale steam till steam is finished. Mini Steam inhalation: 1 drop of prandhara in a cup of boiling water, inhale steam until steam is finished, then drink liquid. Can do a few times a day. Order Prandhara from Vital Veda clinic. Alternative to Prandhara: 10-15 drops of eucalyptus oil in a big bowl of boiling water and inhale.
More complex herbs for deeper-seated problems:

Siddha Jal (Superhuman Liquid)

This is a powerful combination of precious herbs concentrated into oil form to add into your water and drink.
Simply add a couple of drops in a cup of hot water, inhale the sea then drink the nectar.
Made by the Raju family, Siddha Jal helps to:
  • Clear polluted or blocked respiratory channels
  • Blockages in the food channels and digestion
Siddha Jal
  • Allows the herbs to penetrate the subtle channels of the body
  • Enhances the effect of Nasika oil to penetrate
  • + more

Blue Pills

These ayurvedic blue pills are helpful for many reasons:
  • They help fight viruses and colds.
  • They help fight respiratory infections.
  • They provide a herbal anti-biotic effect and are helpful in cases of anti-biotic resistance.
  • They have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
  • They strengthen the upper respiratory system.
Blue Pills, an excellent way to combat the flu with Ayurveda
  • They support lymphatic health and help detoxify related infections.

Anand Sidhi Yog

This herbal formula is one of the very best immune boosters and flu remedies Ayurveda has to offer.
It promotes bala (vital strength), which helps the body fight back disease. It is useful to boost immunity in life-threatening diseases as well as the common cold. This is certainly one of the best ayurvedic herbs for immunity due to its capacity to enhance overall vitality and to help prevent disease.
This herb contains a combination of antioxidants that support each other synergistically to create a magnified anti-oxidant effect.
Anand Sidhi Yog, an excellent way to combat the flu with Ayurveda
Anand Sid Yog (ASY) is a free-radical scavenger and helps prevent free-radicals from forming in the first place.
One of the main ingredients is Amalaki (Indian Gooseberry), which has about 10-20x more vitamin C than an orange has been extensively studied by modern science for its immune-boosting properties.

You can read more about the benefits of Amalaki on immunomodulatory activity HERE.

Prandhara

Literally meaning “flow of life,” Prandhara takes care of some very common problems like headaches, colds, fevers & nasal congestions.
Prandhara is a must for every home and travel kit. It is a very helpful component to your own first aid kit.
You can use it as a supplement for Steam Inhalation, which is very often used in Ayurveda as a treatment for flu symptoms like sinus or lung congestion, headache, fever or cold.

Prandhara, an excellent way to combat the flu with Ayurveda
It can also be internally used and it'll help overcome:
  • Respiratory issues like congestion and whooping cough
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Low prana (life-force)
  • Pharyngitis
  • + generally prevent infection tendency.

Final Advice

Act early
Prevention is a key component in Ayurveda. If you notice the initial stages of a symptom of the flu or cold, like waking up with a slight sore throat, then apply what Ayurveda has taught you: gargle with salt water, eat the Honey & Spice Mix or even better, take some complex herbs.
If you are beginning to feel a bit congested in the sinuses or lungs, incorporate steam inhalation into your morning routine. Jump in early to work WITH the viruses or toxins to ensure their effective elimination.
Act even earlier
Adopt an Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle and perhaps take some herbs to maintain optimum immunity and vitality and hardly ever see the start of a disease or symptom, especially the cold or flu.
Read my articles or book in with me for a consultation to acquire a detailed lifestyle and dietary plan to tune yourself into optimum balance and wellness.

Have you ever applied Ayurveda to treat the flu or common cold? How did that go? Comment 👇


Resources:

(1) “Astanga Samgraha (of Vagbhata)” - Chaper 13: Collection of the Best, Agryasangrahaniya Asdhyaya, translated by Author: Prof. K R Srikantha Murthy

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