What is Coronavirus?
Corona is a viral infection. Most viruses come from animals, eg. SARS, flu virus, bird flu, Ebola. They cannot procreate.
Bacteria and viruses both have genetic codes but bacteria has DNA (a double spiral information code) and most viruses have RNA only (a single spiral with one code). Because of this, viruses are much less stable and they hold less information. As a result they can easily lose part of their code and can also inherit new information from a host or elsewhere. This means the virus changes with time and can mutate in different ways to form a new type of virus e.g. SARS - bird flu - flu. These are all one virus mutated in different ways.
Antibiotics can be used to kill bacteria. However, there is no way to permanently eradicate a virus completely. Viruses can mutate to become more or less dangerous but treatment/vaccines cannot work for different versions of the same virus. Hence, from an Ayurvedic perspective, we need to learn to live in harmony!
How can we Protect ourselves?
Viruses depend on the host cell but until they are in contact with the host, the virus is alive but inactive. Corona virus is mostly hosted by human mucosa cells which is why it is often called the 'cold virus'. The mouth, lips, nose, nasal cavities, oesophagus, larynx and upper respiratory tract all have mucous. The cells need to have a receptor for a virus to enter the host and mucosa cells have thermo-receptors.
A pH level of 5.5 or below is more pitta (acidic) and if the pitta or heat element is increased, the mucus becomes the ideal host for coronavirus. Therefore, if we reduce the pitta or heat element in the body, the acidity levels of the thermo-receptors are reduced. At a pH level of 5.5 or above, the heat receptors are deactivated and the virus cannot enter the cell.
Avoid foods that are pitta-aggravating. This includes alcohol, coffee, red meat, shellfish, tomatoes, red chilli and cheese.
Coconut has the perfect pH balance to match the mucosa. The oil also acts as a protective barrier to prevent the virus entering the cell and the milky component increases the ojas (immunity). Use organic, cold pressed coconut oil as a lip balm and using a cotton bud, apply a small amount inside the nostrils. You can also sip a little coconut water throughout the day, use the milk/cream in cooking or eat the coconut flesh (see instructions).
Deep breathing - when you breathe deeply you not only increase immunity but it also helps alkalise your body by increasing oxygen intake, relieving stress and cleansing your body of toxins. Breathing too rapidly can cause an imbalanced pH condition by stimulating the nervous system to release too many stress hormones, causing an overactive stress response. Shallow breaths can also cause an imbalance by leaving the body oxygen deprived and leaving excessive amounts of carbon dioxide in the blood, leading to an overly acidic state. Therefore, take deep diaphragmatic breaths that fill the belly. Count to four slowly as you inhale, pause for four, and exhale for a count of four. Just a few minutes of this each morning, night, during a workout, or anywhere you can remember will work to keep the body in its slightly alkaline state.
Stress, anger, worry and frustration all increase pitta and reduce immunity so participate in calming, relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, chanting, singing, listening to music, arts and crafts. Sea swimming is excellent for increasing immunity and reducing pitta but if it's not available to you, relaxing walks by water or moonlight are also good.
Get a good night's sleep.
Cut out the hard, white flesh from a fresh coconut and slice it into long, thin pieces.
Using a fork, hold the coconut slice in a direct flame (e.g. on a gas cooker) for 1-2 minutes.
You can see and hear the oil burning (cracking) and the brown skin of the coconut becomes slightly blackened.
Store the prepared coconut pieces in an airtight container.
After every meal, eat a small piece of the prepared coconut. Chew it well for a long period of time (like a chewing gum) before swallowing.
After eating the coconut, avoid drinking any fluid or washing the mouth for about an hour. This allows the oils to coat the mucosa.
We hope the information provided is useful. However, if you still have big concerns about coronavirus, Sarah is offering Ayurvedic Consultations with a focus on coronavirus offering individual dietary and lifestyle advise with simple herbal remedies that can be prepared at home to boost your immunity. Ayurvedic treatments and supplements are also available at an additional cost.
Consultations are 60 minutes which provides the opportunity to discuss your current diet, lifestyle, medical history and any other areas of concern. Sarah will produce an individual treatment plan with recommendations for your to follow.
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