New Delhi, December 16:
The Ministry of Ayush has come out with a comprehensive document on the concept of ‘Holistic Health’ due to the rise in the threat of Covid-19. The Ministry said that the recommendations for the public on ‘holistic health and well-being’ focus on preventive measures and care during ‘Covid-19 and Long Covid-19.’
According to a press release issued by Press Information Bureau, COVID-19 is an evolving disease that is characterized by the development of sequelae to the primary disease known as post-Covid syndrome and Long Covid-19. It has been observed that the patients recovering from SARS-CoV-2 suffer from persistent and often, debilitating symptoms extending several months past their initial diagnosis, a ministry official said.
The document puts forth the concept of holistic health, which emphasizes on self-care of individuals by addressing various dimensions of life and health. These recommendations on “holistic health and well-being” have been formulated emphasizing the need for a healthy lifestyle with Ayush preventive measures and care in respect of Covid-19 and Long Covid-19.
The ministry has recommended general preventive measures and methods for promoting systemic immunity and ways to promote local mucosal immunity along with other preventive courses such as fumigation (Dhupana).
Pictographic presentation for Ayush practices and local/mucosal immune responses, the relationship between good and weak digestive fire (Agni), nutrition, immunity, and infection, and categorical administration of diet in respect of strength of appetite (Agni) have also been incorporated in these recommendations for maximum understanding and outreach to the general public.
Recommendations for Mental health for COVID-19 and post/long COVID-19 and measures to increase mental strength (Satvabala) are also a part of the document, which were not there in the previous guidelines/ advisories issued by the Ministry of Ayush.
Recipes of easily digestible food (Laghu ahara) such as Moong dal (Green gram) Khichdi and Mudga Yusha (Moong dal soup) have been carefully chosen and are included in the recommendations.
The document has illustrations of Yoga asanas that one can practice during COVID-19 along with its photographs for easy understanding of people.
The recommendations are a supplement to the COVID-19 appropriate behavior and precautionary measures, and should not be taken as a substitute. Use of mask, hand sanitization, physical/social distancing, vaccination to break the chain, healthy nutritious diet, improving immunity, and all other general health care measures are to be advised as per the guidelines issued by the health authorities, from time to time.
“All the standing instructions issued by various health authorities (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, World Health Organization, and various State and Local Health authorities) are to adhere completely and Ayush guidelines may stand as an “add on” to the current line of management in respect of Covid19 and Post/Long Covid-19,” the document said.
The medicines recommended here are based on the Essential Drugs List, Standard Treatment Guidelines, Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Ministry of Ayush Govt. of India along with considerations from other recommendations issued by various health authorities across India, it further added.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented health challenge affecting human existence across the globe. As per the World Health Organization, SARS-CoV2 has globally infected over 271 million individuals so far and has directly attributed to over 5.3 million deaths. In India, 34.7 million Covid-19 have emerged up to now, while there have been 4.76 lakh deaths so far. 1.34 billion Covid vaccination doses have been administered in India.