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    Ayurvedic Treatment of Swine Flu | Swine Flu Information Center


    The Ayurvedic treatment of swine flu is aimed at treating the symptoms, controlling the virus, and preventing complications by boosting the immune status of the body. Medicines like Tribhuvan-Kirti-Ras, Sitopaladi-Churna, Triphal-Guggulu, Maha-Sudarshan-Churna, Shwas-Kuthar-Ras, Laxmi-Narayan-Ras, Sut-Shekhar-Ras and Samshamani-Vati can be used to treat the flu-like symptoms of fever, bodyache and cough.

    Herbal medicines like Chirayta (Swertia chirata), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Pippali (Piper longum), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Som (Ephedra vulgaris), Dhatura (Dhatura fastiosa) and Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) can also be used for this purpose. Gastro-intestinal symptoms can be treated using medicines like Panchamrut-Parpati, Kutaj-Parpati, Kutaj-Ghan-Vati, Laghu-Sutshekhar-Ras and herbal medicines like Vishwa, Kutaj (Holarrhina antidysentrica), Musta (Cyperus rotundus) and Bilva (Aegle marmelos).
    Herbal medicines with antiviral activity can be used to prevent or reduce the effects of the viral infection. These medicines include Yashtimadhuk (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Tulsi, Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Haridra, Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis). In the case of swine flu, the earlier these medicines are started, the better the therapeutic effect.
    It is also important to boost the immune status of the body in order to bring about a faster recovery and prevent complications. This can be done by using medicines like Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Naagbala (Grewia hirsuta), Abhrak-Bhasma, Suvarna-Bhasma, Laghu-Malini-Vasant, Madhu-Malini-Vasant, Suvarna-Malini-Vasant and Suvarna-Parpati. These medicines can also be used for preventive purposes, both by the normal, unaffected population and also by those who are at special risk; for example, close contacts of affected individuals, and medical and para-medical staff.
    The herbal medicine called Pippali has a special therapeutic affinity for the mucosa of the respiratory tract. It can reduce inflammation, swelling and excessive secretions in the lungs, throat and nose. In addition, it also normalizes the damage done to the mucosal lining due to acute and chronic disease. In acute disease of the respiratory tract, it is usually given in small doses along with other medicines. In chronic diseases, it is given in progressively increasing doses till tolerance, or till a pre-determined dose, and then reduced gradually. This tonifying medication is known as “Vardhmaan-Pippali-Rasayan”. This can be judiciously used to prevent serious damage due to swine flu infection, or as a preventive medication in individuals at risk.
    It is important to take adequate preventive measures to keep the swine flu infection from spreading. Symptomatic individuals should observe voluntary quarantine for a period of seven to fourteen days, which is usually the time the contagious stage lasts. Simple measures like using tissue paper for nasal secretions, and disposing off these, can significantly reduce the risk of transmission to others.

    Homeopathic Remedies

    Homeopathy can both prevent and cure swine flu, sans any side effects, say doctors who practise this alternative medicine system in india where over 700 people have been diagnosed with the disease.
    Considering that the Swine Flu virus produces symptoms similar to the human influenza virus, the following homeopathy medicines may prove useful in cases of swine influenza:
    #Gelsemium. [Gels]
    This remedy corresponds to the commencement of the trouble, when the patient is weak, tired and aches throughout the body. It removes speedily the intense aching and muscular soreness. There is constant chilliness and the patient hugs the fire; the fever is less acute than that of Aconite, and the cough is hard and painful. There are paroxysms of sneezing with excoriating discharge, and great torpor and apathy. Extensive experience with this remedy in the great Epidemic of 1918 proved its usefulness. Simple cases were speedily cured. Aconite will sometimes prove the better remedy for children, but the drug will never be a prominent one in influenza. Still it may be prescribed when indicated; it will, perhaps, soothe and moderate the subsequent attack, but its action is not quick here as in simple fevers, as we have to deal with a blood affection.

    #Baptisia
    Influenza with marked gastro-intestinal symptoms may need this remedy, especially when there are putrid diarrhoea stools. Clarke considers this remedy the nearest specific for the disease; he prefers the 30th potency. Hughes also praises it, but uses it in the 1x and 2x dilutions, which seem to have more extensive testimony as to their efficacy.

    #Eupatorium perfoliatum.
    This remedy has much soreness and aching of the entire body; hoarseness and cough, with great soreness of the larynx and upper respiratory tract. Coryza with thirst. Drinking causes vomiting. The cough is a very shattering one, hurts the head and chest, and as in Drosera, the patient holds the chest with the hands. The breakbone pains are characteristic of the remedy. Add to these symptoms acute bilious derangements, and it is all the more indicated. Many physicians rely on this remedy in influenza / flu almost exclusively in the early stages.

    #Sabadilla. [Sabad]
    Sneezing is the great keynote of this remedy. Sneezing and lachrymation on going into the open air. The throat is swollen and the pain is worse on empty swallowing; the sneezing is excessive, shaking the whole body. Shudderings, with gooseflesh chills creeping upwards, are also prominent symptoms. Frontal headache, dryness of mouth, without thirst and cough, worse on lying down, are additional symptoms. It suits well many cases of the catarrhal form of flu; other remedies having sneezing are Cyclamen and Euphorbia.

    #Arsenicum. [Ars]
    This remedy covers more phases of flu than perhaps any other remedy. Hughes believes that it will cut short an attack, especially when there is a copious flow, prostration and paroxysmal coryza. Its periodicity makes it suitable to epidemics, and it suits the early symptoms when the affection is in the upper portion of the respiratory tract. The burning dryness and copious watery excoriating secretion and the involvement of the conjunctiva are unmistakable indications. Langour and prostration are prominent symptoms.
    #Arsenicum iodide.
    Chills, flushes of heat and severe fluent coryza, discharge irritating and corrosive, sneezing and prostration. It corresponds to true influenza and is highly recommended by Hale. Sanguinaria nitrate is especially valuable when the trachea and larynx are affected. Phytolacca is specific when the throat is inflamed and spotty, with great hardness and tenderness of the glands.

    #Dulcamara. [Dulc]
    This is one of our best remedies in the acute form; the eyes are suffused, the throat is sore and the cough hurts because of the muscular soreness. If brought on by damp, cold changes in the weather, so much the surer is Dulcamara indicated.

    #Bryonia.
    The trouble here is largely bronchial and going downward. When a person is very grumpy and feels miserable with the flu, wanting only to lie still and be left alone, this remedy is likely to be useful. Headache, muscle aches, and cough or stomach pain may be the major symptoms. Everything feels worse from even the slightest motion. The person’s mouth usually is dry, with a thirst for large cold drinks.
    #Phosphorus may be indicated, especially when the trouble moves towards the chest. It is a very useful remedy for the debility following la grippe, as it is usually of the pure nervous type. It is the great post-influenza “tonic.”
    #Rhus toxicodendron. [Rhus-t]
    Influenza, with severe aching in all the bones, sneezing and coughing. The cough is worse evenings and is caused by a tickling behind the upper part of the sternum. Especially is it useful in cases brought on by exposure to dampness. There is much prostration and depression, and the patient may have some symptoms which are suspicious as pointing towards typhoid fever, such as burning tongue, stupor and delirium. Aching pains and nightly restlessness are keynotes symptoms. Causticum, like both Rhus and Eupatorium, has a tired, sore, bruised sensation all over the body and soreness in the chest when coughing, but it has in addition involuntary urination when coughing.
    #Allium cepa. [All-c]
    Profuse catarrhal coryza; the nose runs freely, there is sneezing, irritability cough, the face is swollen and looks inflamed. Camphora. This remedy is often sufficient at the outset to cut short an attack, or at least modify the severity.

    #Sticta. [Stict]
    Nasal catarrh; headache, thirst, nightly expectoration, great watering of eyes, running at nose, hoarseness of voice, frontal headache and depression of whole system. Tuberculous subjects attacked by influenza. “There is no better remedy,” says Dr. Fornias,”for the incessant wearing, racking cough of this class of patients.” Tuberculinum is an excellent prevention of recurring attacks of influenza / flu in those who have annual attacks.

    #Ipecac
    Adapted to cases where the gastric symptoms predominate; tongue clean or slightly coated. Nausea: with profuse saliva; vomiting of white, glairy mucus in large quantities, without relief; sleepy afterwards; worse from stooping. Low thirst. Cough: dry spasmodic, constricted, asthmatic. Difficult breathing from least exercise; violent dyspnoea, with wheezing and anxiety about the stomach. Cough, with rattling of mucus in bronchi when inspiring; threatened suffocation from mucus. Pains as if bones were all torn to pieces.

    #Veratrum album
    Adapted to diseases with rapid sinking of the vital forces; complete prostration; collapse. Cold perspiration on the forehead (over entire body, Tab. ) with nearly all complaints. Thirst: intense, unquenchable, for large quantities of very cold water and acid drinks; wants everything cold. Diarrhoea: frequent, greenish, watery, gushing: mixed with flakes: cutting colic, with cramps commencing in hands and feet and spreading all over; prostrating, after fright; < least movement; with vomiting, cold sweat on forehead during and prostration after. Vomiting: excessive with nausea and great prostration: < by drinking ( Ars. ); by least motion ( Tab. ); great weakness after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    homeopathy=fail
    dang Dsade .
    Your simple reply ruthlessly shut me down.
    lolz
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    I am with you on that one.
    Some large pharmaceutical companies are as shady as muscletech.
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    http://www.msgmyth.com/discus/messages/8/1967.html
    The following is a list of all the fillers that can be found in vaccines:

    In addition to the viral and bacterial RNA or DNA that is part of the vaccines, here are the fillers:
    aluminum hydroxide
    aluminum phosphate
    ammonium sulfate
    amphotericin B
    animal tissues: pig blood, horse blood, rabbit brain,
    dog kidney, monkey kidney,
    chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg
    calf (bovine) serum
    betapropiolactone
    fetal bovine serum
    formaldehyde
    formalin
    gelatin
    glycerol
    human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue)
    hydrolized gelatin
    monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    neomycin
    neomycin sulfate
    phenol red indicator
    phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)
    potassium diphosphate
    potassium monophosphate
    polymyxin B
    polysorbate 20
    polysorbate 80
    porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein
    residual MRC5 proteins
    sorbitol
    sucrose
    thimerosal (mercury)
    tri(n)butylphosphate,
    VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey kidney cells
    washed sheep red blood cells
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerickVonD View Post
    http://www.msgmyth.com/discus/messages/8/1967.html
    The following is a list of all the fillers that can be found in vaccines:

    In addition to the viral and bacterial RNA or DNA that is part of the vaccines, here are the fillers:
    aluminum hydroxide
    aluminum phosphate
    ammonium sulfate
    amphotericin B
    animal tissues: pig blood, horse blood, rabbit brain,
    dog kidney, monkey kidney,
    chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg
    calf (bovine) serum
    betapropiolactone
    fetal bovine serum
    formaldehyde
    formalin
    gelatin
    glycerol
    human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue)
    hydrolized gelatin
    monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    neomycin
    neomycin sulfate
    phenol red indicator
    phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)
    potassium diphosphate
    potassium monophosphate
    polymyxin B
    polysorbate 20
    polysorbate 80
    porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein
    residual MRC5 proteins
    sorbitol
    sucrose
    thimerosal (mercury)
    tri(n)butylphosphate,
    VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey kidney cells
    washed sheep red blood cells

    MSG? Mmm...can I get a double order of General Tsao's Swine Flu Vaccine?
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    If your immune system is good you really have nothing to worry about with swine flu. Even if you get the virus you are very unlikely to have any complications from it. The best defense is to optimize the immune system through healthy living.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatingisfun View Post
    If your immune system is good you really have nothing to worry about with swine flu. Even if you get the virus you are very unlikely to have any complications from it. The best defense is to optimize the immune system through healthy living.
    Tarot cards? Crystal Ball?

    This is a very quickly mutating virus that is different this week from last week.

    2 weeks ago there was little effect here, whereas a week ago the schools had a 50% absentee rate. Hospitals are beginning to be overrun, and reports of deep lung infections/problems are starting to develop.

    While it's not earth-scorching...there is no evidence that it will remain relatively innocuous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    Tarot cards? Crystal Ball?

    This is a very quickly mutating virus that is different this week from last week.

    2 weeks ago there was little effect here, whereas a week ago the schools had a 50% absentee rate. Hospitals are beginning to be overrun, and reports of deep lung infections/problems are starting to develop.

    While it's not earth-scorching...there is no evidence that it will remain relatively innocuous.


    Evidence suggests the death rate for swine flu is nearly identical to regular flu
    http://www.reuters.com/article/healt...58E6NZ20090916

    "He came up with a range of mortality from swine flu, from 0.007 percent to 0.045 percent."

    I'm not worried
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatingisfun View Post
    Evidence suggests the death rate for swine flu is nearly identical to regular flu
    http://www.reuters.com/article/healt...58E6NZ20090916

    "He came up with a range of mortality from swine flu, from 0.007 percent to 0.045 percent."

    I'm not worried
    Perhaps you missed the "quickly mutating" part of my post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsade View Post
    Perhaps you missed the "quickly mutating" part of my post?
    That does not mean that it's going to quickly mutate into something really dangerous. The regular flu virus is very quick to mutate. Also even if it does quickly mutate from the current form into something dangerous, the vaccines we currently have are probably not going to offer any protection. There's a reason that the yearly flu vaccines don't protect you against all flu which is because the virus sometimes mutates after the vaccines are produced.
    Every year the vaccine is different due to the virus mutating and also only contains protections for a small number of the strains in circulation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eatingisfun View Post
    That does not mean that it's going to quickly mutate into something really dangerous. The regular flu virus is very quick to mutate. Also even if it does quickly mutate from the current form into something dangerous, the vaccines we currently have are probably not going to offer any protection. There's a reason that the yearly flu vaccines don't protect you against all flu which is because the virus sometimes mutates after the vaccines are produced.
    Every year the vaccine is different due to the virus mutating and also only contains protections for a small number of the strains in circulation.
    It doesn't mean it wont.

    Your words:

    If your immune system is good you really have nothing to worry about with swine flu. Even if you get the virus you are very unlikely to have any complications from it. The best defense is to optimize the immune system through healthy living.

    You are predicting the future based on the current or previous "versions" of the swine flu. Contagiousness seems to have become more enhanced within the last two weeks, so there really is no way to know.

    I'm all for NOT overhyping, but underhyping is the same type of logical error.
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    Right but considering the fact that almost all the people in the modern(non 3rd world countries) who have contracted this virus have not died, getting the vaccine in the current form is IMO unnecessary.

    IF the virus mutates in a way to cause significant death rate, say 5% or more, the structure of the virus would be so different that the vaccine we have now is unlikely to do anything.

    The best thing you can do to prevent getting any illness, not just this is to keep your immune system strong.
    Here is the situation right now:
    Death rate of current virus not much different or significantly worse than regular flu
    Vaccine treats current strains of flu only and has no guarantee for any future strains
    Tamiflu and other antiviral medications don't actually help all that much in reducing the spread of infectiousness of the swine flu virus.

    So, at least my opinion is this, given the current situation, what you should be doing
    Keep eating healthy, take supplements that help support immune system health, current treatments aren't really necessary unless you have a compromised immune system already.

    The bottom line in my view is that, even if the virus does somehow mutate into some massive killer virus, what we are doing right now(vaccines, antivirals) is not going to help in that case.

    Also, the contagiousness may be going up but that does not necessarily mean that the death rate will go up as well. The best thing you can do to prevent being infected is keep yourself healthy and take precautions by not visiting areas that are vectors for infection.

    In regards to the original post in this thread, there are some natural things like oregano oil which have been shown to be good antivirals. I can't say personally on the effectiveness against this virus but it's worth looking into. I'm not sure about the US govt. but here in Canada, they're looking at vitamin D's role in helping fend off swine flu due to how vit. D helps with supporting the immune system.
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    If people would just stay home and quit going to work/school sick, or running to the ER out of an overly dramatic "propagated fear" induced by the media, we could help to contain this issue to a good degree. Influenza is like any other virus; it can and will mutate, but that doesn't mean it will develop into an pandemic threat either.

    There are certain genetic characteristics about a given virus that make it more virulent, and more likely to become a widespread threat. The Influenza outbreak of 1918 "Spanish Flu" was one of the more recent pandemic virus outbreaks that displayed these virulent viral component effects. The virus itself was capable of producing what is known as a "cytokine storm". Cytokines are markers in your body that are involved in the inflammatory process. This influneza A subtype was especially deadly to those with healthy immune systems because of this factor. The aggressive nature of a healthy immune system/inflammation would be greatly potentiated by this "cytokine storm". This had the potential to cause an enormous amount of pulmonary system swelling/inflammation, and in the end resulted in many deaths. In essence, the virus used the bodies own aggressive immune system response against itself. Please keep in mind also though that modern medicine wasn't anywhere near where we're at today back then. Antibiotics weren't around yet, so many of these people also died secondary to opportunistic bacterial infections.





    Some points I wish some of the general public would get through their heads and quit flooding the damn Emergency Rooms across the country:



    1) The key to preventing the spread of infection is CONTAINMENT. Stay home if you're sick!!!

    2) Antibiotics DO NOT help with a viral-based infectious process (i.e, Influenza: AKA: The "Flu"). Opportunistic infections can occur (i.e., pneumonia, bronchitis), however this is not typically a normal occurance in an individual with an otherwise healthy immune system. Those individuals with who are immunocompromised (i.e., Cancer, Hiv/Aids, Autoimmune,) are at a much greater risk of development of opportunistic infections. The very young and old are also at an increased risk.

    3) There is no specific curative medical treatment for influenza illness. There are some antivirals that can be taken (i.e., Tamiflu or Relenza), but they need to be started within 24-48 hours of symptom onset (otherwise they're useless), and they will only reduce a degree of the severity or overall duration of illness in some people. Many of the effects of influenza infection are self-limiting. Your immune system will recognize the virus; form a plan of attack; produce antibodies against the viral antigen; and then you'll begin to get well again, and develop an active-based immunity against it.

    4) See #2's overall point again: Antibiotics DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT work against the viral component of illness!!


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