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Do yoga and eat chyawanprash: Indian Health Ministry suggests for post-Covid care

By The SATimes News Service

In its set of protocols for post-recovery care, the Indian Ministry of Health is taking a holistic approach–by advising Covid-19 patients to practice yoga and meditation, and eat chyawanprash.

Taking care of your health post recovery from covid-19 is very crucial. Proper care is important for those whose immune system has been compromised thanks to SARS-CoV-2. As time goes by, these protocols of Covid-care–including once that detail out post-recovery guidelines–have changed. In fact, now they include regular practice of yoga and consumption of chyawanprash.  

According to the health ministry, patients must continue Covid-appropriate behavior by using masks, practicing hand and respiratory hygiene, and engaging in physical distancing. The ministry is also suggesting yoga, pranayama, meditation, and intake of chyawanprash for follow up care and well-being of all post-Covid recovered patients.

At an individual level, the protocol suggested drinking an adequate amount of warm water, taking immunity-promoting AYUSH medicine prescribed by a qualified practitioner of AYUSH, and doing regular household work if health permits. For that matter, it also suggests resuming professional work in a graded manner.

The Union Ministry of Health also suggests consuming chyawanprash in the morning with lukewarm water or milk. With AYUSH remedies at forefront, it also suggests use of mulethi powder, Ayush KwathSamshamani vati, and ashwagandha powder in a bid to boost the immune system’s functioning.  

The protocol also calls for self-health monitoring at the home of temperature, blood pressure, and blood sugar.

“If there is a persistent dry cough or sore throat, do saline gargles and take steam inhalation. You can also add herbs or spices for gargling or steam inhalation. If you are thinking of taking medication for cough, then it should be taken on the advice of a medical doctor or qualified practitioner of Ayush (sic),” the advisory stated. 

The health ministry is also suggesting measures at a community level
The ministry said recovered individuals should share their positive experiences with friends and relatives using social media, community leaders, opinion leaders, and religious leaders for creating awareness, dispelling myths and stigma.

They are also advising recovered patients to participate in group sessions of yoga and meditation, while taking all due precautions like physical distancing.

“Take the support of community-based self-help groups, civil society organizations, and qualified professionals for the recovery and rehabilitation process. Seek psycho-social support from peers, community health workers, counsellor. If required seek mental health support service,” it said. (PTI)

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