Change of season and common cold and cough affects the majority of individuals including young and adults. It is a viral infection and more populated the town higher is its transmission. Adults face common cold around 2-3 times in year and while the toddlers and school going children encounter the same more frequently.
Ancient Ayurvedic concepts consider weak digestion as one of the causes for the common cold and cough. As per Ayurveda, undigested food is converted into mucous (known as Ama a toxin) which circulates through the body and is responsible for the cause of common cold. Ayurveda considers that it is possible to balance and rectify the prakriti doshas which help cure cough and cold.
Words of wisdom as per Ayurveda to prevent common cold and cough:
One must follow diet that agrees with one constitution. In order to reduce Ama, one must follow a diet that agrees with the individual’s constitution or prakriti classified as tri-doshas the kapha, pitta and vata.
- Eat light, well-cooked warm meals.
- Avoid late night dinners.
- Refrain from eating fried food, cold and junk foods, spicy meals; these increase Ama and causes prakriti doshas.
- Frequently drink warm water.
- Avoid excessive intake of sweets, tea, coffee, smoking and alcohol.
- Follow fasting periods after heavy meals.
- Follow regular exercise regime.
Simple tips from Ayurveda to reduce symptoms of cold and cough:
- Keep sipping warm water throughout the day as frequently as possible.
- Take soups and semisolid warm meals during an attack of common cold.
- Make a mixture of honey with ginger powder and black pepper and take it frequently followed with seeping warm water as frequently as possible. It reduces cough.
- Gargling with warm salty water 3-4 times in a day is beneficial for sore throat.
- Chewing clove and cardamom relieve the symptoms of sore throat.
- Take rest as much as possible during the attack of cough and cold.
- Keep your body warm by wearing appropriate clothing.
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