Swine flu has been creating a terror effects all round the globe and has been declared epidemic in most part of the world. This is caused by influenza A (H1N1) virus.
The swine influenza A (H1N1) virus that has infected humans in the United states and Mexico is a novel influenza A virus that has not before been known in North American states. This virus is resistant to the antiviral medications amantadine (Symmetrel) and rimantadine (Flumadine), but is responsive to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza). Investigations of these cases propose that on-going human-to-human swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is occurring and affecting human race badly. It is expected to become worse day by day.
What are the symptoms of swine flu?
- Sore throat
- Mild respiratory illness like nasal congestion and rhinorrhea
- Vomiting and nausea
- Conjunctivitis is rare, but has been reported.
- Respiratory failure
Persons with swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection should be measured potentially contagious for up to one week following illness onset. Persons who continue to be ill longer than one week after illness onset should be considered potentially infectious until symptoms have resoluted. Children, particularly younger children, might potentially be infectious for longer duration. The duration of infectiousness might differ by swine influenza A (H1N1) virus strain. Non-hospitalized ill persons who are a confirmed or suspected case of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection are suggested to stay at your home (isolation) for at least the first week after illness start apart from to seek medical help.
It is recommended that if you feel the above mentioned symptoms you should consult a doctor immediately. But seeing the symptoms prevention can be done.
Following herbs are recommended in prevention of swine flue.
Amrita or Giloy (tinospora) -
Giloy or amrita is a Tridoshic Herb. This is herb is recommended by Swami Ramdev of Patanjali yog for swine flue. The actual indications of Giloy or amrita or tinospora, whose Sanskrit name 'Amrit' means 'Ambrosia'. Giloy is helpful in treating fever, gout, and jaundice, torpidity of the liver, skin diseases, secondary syphilis, rheumatism, constipation, tuberculosis, and leprosy (these are the symptoms of swine flue). It is a powerful blood purifier. It is anti-periodic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory solution.
It is a herb which is very actively given in case fever, urinary disorders, general debility and urinary diseases etc. One thing more about it is also used in treatment of rhemetish and jaundice. The Tinospora Cordifolia is considered as the drug of choice in clearing the microcirculatory process of human body and other body channels.
It is very effective and unique medicine ability to discharge the exogenous and endogenous toxins. It is frequently comprehensive Ayurvedic formula for all body function and almost useful for all diseases. It is also recommended in case of bird flu and chikengunia.
Morphology - Large, glabrous, deciduous, climbing shrubs. Leaves broadly ovate, cordate, long petiolate. Flowers small, yellow or greenish-yellow, appearing when the plant is leafiless, in axillary and terminal racemes or racemose panicles; male flowers clustered females usually solitary.
Plant Parts used : Root, stem, leat.
Major Constituents: The dry stem with bark constitutes the drug, which have different reported constituents, such as bitter glycoside Gillian a non glucoside giloinin. Three bitter compounds namely tinosporon acid and tinosporol have been reported.
Benefits of Giloy or amrita
The main benefits of Tinspora Cordfolia or giloy roots are antioxidant which protect in alloxan-induce diabetes. The frequently increase in the body diseases of Thiobarbituric acid reactive compounds in liver and kidney was experimental in diabetic. It is an important constituent of several preparations, used in general debility, dyspepsia fever as aphrodisiac in urinary disorders. It is also reported to provide relief in diabetes, piles and dysentery. A part from stem, the decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of gout. The root is also powerful emetic and also used for visceral obstruction.
Tulasi or holy basil -
- Tulasi is extremely effective in preventing the symptoms of swine flu as well as bird flu and is strongly recommended by Baba Ram Dev.
- Preliminary research suggests that Tulasi or holy basil has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and in the case of Holy basil or tulasi oil, antibacterial abilities. It also helps in reducing the effects of chronic stress, promote wound healing, lower blood sugar levels in type II diabetes, and slow age-related memory impairment and lower cholesterol.
- Present research, both in animals and humans, shows the use of Tulasi or tulsi in treating inflammation, digestive disorders, diabetes, headaches, heart diseases and infection. It also confined against mercury toxicity in mice and presented chemoprotection next to chemically induced fibrosarcoma in an animal.
- Daily usage of tualsi may help lower cortisol levels which helps lower blood sugar levels and protects the system from stress.
- Tulasi or tulsi may also benefit the immune system by rising the number and activity of neutrophil cells, which are normally decreased by stress.
- Tulasi or tulsi also has antimicrobial properties useful in the topical treatment of ringworm.
- Holy basil or tulsi contains polyphenols (antioxidants also found in green tea and other herbs) that supposedly could help decrease cardiovascular disease risk:
Black pepper or kali marich -
In Ayurvedic medicine black pepper or kali marich has been used to promote digestion, improve the appetite, treat coughs, colds, breathing and heart problems, colic, diabetes, anaemia and piles. Stomach illness such as dyspepsia, flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea are all treated with black pepper, which may be mixed with other substances such as castor oil, cow's urine or ghee.
Black pepper has been equipped in the form of pills as a remedy for cholera and syphilis, sometimes combined with other substances. It has also been used in tooth powder for toothache and an infusion of black pepper has been described as a remedy for sore throat and hoarseness. Alternatively black pepper could be chewed to reduce throat Inflammation. It is also recommended in cases of swine flue and bird flu.
- A study was designed to investigate the antihyperlipidemic activity of an aqueous extract of Boerhavia diffusa leaves in alloxan diabetic rats.Oral administration of B. diffusa leaf extract (BLEt) at 200 mg/kg of body weight for 4 weeks resulted in significant reduction in serum and tissue cholesterol, free fatty acids, phospholipids, and triglycerides.
- Antifungal activity (reduction in colony diameter) of various extracts (pt. ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate, ethyl alcohol and aqueous) of aerial and root parts of Boerhavia diffusa (Nictaginaceae) was screened against dermatophytic fungi Microsporum fulvum. The colony diameter of the target mycelial colony decreased with increasing supplementation of the phytoextract, showing the presence of significant amount of some antifungal phytochemical moiety.
- Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamil Nadu 608 002, India investigated the effects of daily oral administration of aqueous solution of Boerhavia diffusa L. leaf extract (BLEt) (200 mg/kg) for 4 weeks on blood glucose concentration and hepatic enzymes in normal and alloxan induced diabetic rats. A significant decrease in blood glucose and significant increase in plasma insulin levels were observed in normal and diabetic rats treated with BLEt. Treatment with BLEt resulted in a significant reduction of glycosylated haemoglobin and an increase in total haemoglobin level. The activities of the hepatic enzymes such as hexokinase was significantly increased and glucose-6-phosphatase, fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase were significantly decreased by the administration of BLEt in normal and diabetic rats. An oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was also performed in the same groups, in which there was a significant improvement in glucose tolerance in rats treated with BLEt. A comparison was made between the action of BLEt and antidiabetic drug-glibenclamide (600 µg/kg). The effect of BLEt was more prominent when compared to glibenclamide.
- An aqueous extract (2 ml/kg) of roots of diameter 1-3 cm, collected in the month of May (Summer), exhibited marked protection of a majority of serum parameters, i.e. GOT, GPT, ACP and ALP, but not GLDH and bilirubin, thereby suggesting the proper size and time of collection of B. diffusa L. roots for the most desirable results.
Triphala is one of the most popular ayurvedic formations, which is a combination of three fruits, which are namely: -
. Terminalia Chebula or haritaki - its known properties are digestive, antimicrobial, carminative, and laxative. It is a rejuvenator thought to promote long life and improve the immune system to aid disease resistance.
. Emblica Officinalis or amalaki - is a rejuvenator and natural antioxidant containing the vitamins C content of twenty oranges. It calms all three Doshas. It is cooling, tonic, anti- aging, immune system booster, adaptogenic and an antacid. It is known to lower cholesterol levels, manage peptic ulcers and dyspepsia, is valuable in respiratory tract disorders, to improve hair condition and to raise protein levels and body weight.
. Terminalia Belerica or baheda - is also a rejuvenator. It's known properties are expectorant, digestive, antispasmodic, laxative, digestive, astringent, tonic and it is valuable for respiratory disorders.
Triphala or trifala is a very popular bowel cleanser; with it there are no bad experiences like dehydration, loss of necessary nutrients, abdominal cramps or pain in the calves. It is suggested for adults, children and the aged. Triphala or trifala is useful for the digestive system where it aids, in the assimilation of food, helping to avert flatulence and bloating and the metabolism to support weight loss and for liver function. It is helpful with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and ulcerative colitis. Triphala always leaves you feeling light and re-energized.
The potent antioxidant and high vitamin C content helps to protect the eyes from free radical damage and reduces the risk of cataracts forming. Triphala is used to treat conjunctivitis, protect the vascular area of the eyes and help prevent atherosclerosis.
This formula also has glucose reducing properties and its anti inflammatory nature allows it to act as a cardio tonic. Other major benefits are as a rejuvenator improving mental function, boosting the immune system and promoting long life. It is recommended along with giloy and tulasi in case of swine flu.