Ministry of AYUSH

Ayurveda’s immunity boosting measures for self care during COVID 19 crisis

In the wake of the Covid 19 outbreak, entire mankind across the globe is suffering. Enhancing the body’s natural defence system (immunity) plays an important role in maintaining optimum health.

We all know that prevention is better than cure. While there is no medicine for COVID-19 as of now, it will be good to take preventive measures which boost our immunity in these times.

Ayurveda, being the science of life, propagates the gifts of nature in maintaining healthy and happy living. Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care, derives from the concepts of “Dinacharya” – daily regimes and “Ritucharya” – seasonal regimes to maintain healthy life. It is a plant-based science. The simplicity of awareness about oneself and the harmony each individual can achieve by uplifting and maintaining his or her immunity is emphasized across Ayurveda’s classical scriptures.

Ministry of AYUSH recommends the following self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health. These are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.

Recommended Measures

I General Measures

1. Drink warm water throughout the day.

  1. Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation for at least 30 minutes as advised by Ministry of AYUSH (#YOGAatHome #StayHome #StaySafe)
  2. Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking.

II Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures

  1. Take Chyavanprash 10gm (1tsf) in the morning. Diabetics should take sugar free Chyavanprash.
  2. Drink herbal tea / decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin) – once or twice a day. Add jaggery (natural sugar) and / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
  3. Golden Milk- Half tea spoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk – once or twice a day.

III Simple Ayurvedic Procedures

  1. Nasal application – Apply sesame oil / coconut oil or Ghee in both thenostrils (Pratimarsh Nasya) in morning and evening.
  2. Oil pulling therapy- Take 1 table spoon sesame or coconut oil in mouth. Do not drink, Swish in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and spit it off followed by warm water rinse. This can be done once or twice a day.

IV During dry cough / sore throat

1. Steam inhalation with fresh Pudina (Mint) leaves or Ajwain (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once in a day.

  1. Lavang (Clove) powder mixed with natural sugar / honey can be taken 2-3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation.
  2. These measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist.

1 The above measures can be followed to the extent possible as per an individual’s convenience.

2 These measures are recommended by following eminent Vaidyas from across the Country as they may possibly boost an individual’s immunity against infections.

1. Padma Shri Vaidya P R Krishnakumar, Coimbatore 2. Padma Bhushan Vaidya Devendra Triguna, Delhi 3. Vaidya P M Varier, Kottakkal
4. Vaidya Jayant Devpujari, Nagpur

5. Vaidya Vinay Velankar, Thane
6. Vaidya B S Prasad, Belgaum
7. Padma Shri Vaidya Gurdeep Singh, Jamnagar 8. Acharya Balkrishna ji, Haridwar
9. Vaidya M S Baghel, Jaipur
10.Vaidya R B Dwivedi, Hardoi UP
11.Vaidya K N Dwivedi, Varanasi

12.Vaidya Rakesh Sharma, Chandigarh 13.Vaidya Abichal Chattopadhyay, Kolkata 14.Vaidya Tanuja Nesari, Delhi
15.Vaidya Sanjeev Sharma, Jaipur 16.Vaidya Anup Thakar, Jamnagar

Disclaimer: The above advisory does not claim to be treatment for COVID 19.

Source :

Department of Ayurveda



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The Kshar Sutra treatment developed by Acharya Shushrut before 2500 years holds the best success ratio in treatment of above mentioned painful diseases. The peculiarity of the treatment method is such that the disease treated in a way which prevents recurrence.


Abhyanga (oil massage) is a form of Ayurveda therapy that involves massage of the body with medicated luke warm oil. This oil is pre medicated with specific herbs for specific conditions. Under supervision of Ayurveda doctors the skilled therapists perform the Abhyanga which turns in multiple benefits.

  • Improves sleep quality
  • Relieves stress level
  • High Blood Pressure is controlled
  • Improves skin complexion
  • Acts as an anti ageing practice
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Takes care of Vata disorders


Swedana imparts flexibility to the body & nourishes the skin. Removes stiffness and relieves pain. Increases efficiency and longevity of joints. Eliminates lethargy and re energizes the body.


Shirodhara is a form of Ayurveda therapy which involves pouring of lukewarm medicated liquid (Taila, Takra, Ksheera, Kwatha) slowly & steadily over the forehead with constant motion & then allowed to flow over the scalp for a certain period of time.
It is included under one of the varieties of Murdhatailam.
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Shirodhara, a major treatment modality of Keraliya Panchkarma, helps nourish the nervous and blood circulatory system in body.
It is used widely in management of various psycho- somatic disorders due to its effect in balancing hormonal secretions from various endocrine & exocrine glands.
It is used successfully in treating diseases like IBS, Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Premenopausal syndrome, Anxiety, Depression etc.
The patient is massaged on the head with suitable oil, if required full body massage can also be performed.
Patient has to lie in supine position on the Droni (Table) with pillow under the neck and Shirodhara device is placed over the forehead.
Its height is fixed in such a way that lukewarm oil/liquid should fall from the distance of 8-10cm in a continuous stream of the thickness of a little finger over the forehead.
The oil poured is recollected & reheated & again poured into Dharapatram.
It may be done for 7, 14, 21 days as per the severity of the disease.
Dhatunam Dridhata – Strengthens the brain and body tissues
Agnivriddhi – Increases digestive power
Varnaprasadana – Enhances skin complexion & Texture
Indriyasya Patavam – Nourishes all sense faculties and improve their work efficiency
Jaramandya- Retards early ageing process
Cheerajeevitam – Provide longevity
Keshaprasadana – Nourishes hair & scalp
Nidra – Provide sound sleep


  • Mastishkagata Vatayadhi – Cerebro-vascular disorder.
  • Shaishaveeya Vatavyadhi – Cerebral palsy.
  • Ardita – Facial palsy.
  • Anidra – Insomnia.
  • Manyastambha – Cervical spondylitis.
  • Unmada – Anxiety neurosis.
  • Prameha – Diabetes mellitus.
  • Uccha Raktachapa – Hypertension.
  • Khalitya – Hairfall
  • Palitya – Greying hair
  • Streeroga – Gynaecological disorders.


  • Basti therapy purifies and rejuvenates the Saptadhatu
  • It offers deep tissue cleansing through elimination of toxins
  • Basti is the main line of treatment in 80 different conditions caused due to Vata imbalance
  • Basti is very effective in PCOD, Diabetes, obesity, hyper lipidaemia, paralysis, MND and other chronic disorders
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Janubasti treats knee pain, stiff knees, ligament pain among other various maladies and improves the longevity of the knees.
The word Janu refers to knees and Basti for container or retaining something inside mainly the medicated oil.


  • Increases the circulation in the region, as the herbal oil gets deeply absorbed into the skin, and both nourishes and strengthens the muscles and nerves.
  • Pacifies one of the primary sites of Vata, relieving pain, soreness, and tension and restoring flexibility.
  • Relieves chronic lower backaches and painful muscle spasms, stiffness, and degenerative problems.
kati BASTI


Vastikarma is the procedure by which the medicines in suspension form are administered through rectum or genitourinary tract using Vastiyantra (Specific Apparatus).
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It is one important quotation mentioned in Charaka Samhita. Vasti is the most important procedure among Panchakarma procedure & the most appropriate remedial measure for balancing Tridosha dominated by Vatadosha.
Vasti is the prime bio-cleansing procedure as it perform variety of functions like

  • Samshodhana (Cleansing effect)
  • Samshamana (Palliative effect)
  • Vajikarana (Aphrodisiac)
  • Brimhana (Nourishing effect)
  • Vayahsthapana ( Rejuvenating effect) etc

Vasti performs it action mainly in large intestine and from there it regulates five types of Vata situated in different regions within the human body controlling major sensory & motor reflexes.
Vasti due to its vast applicability is classified under various categorise by ancient Ayurveda Texts.

Depending upon the age, sex, disease and digestive power of the patient, type & dosage of Vasti is selected.
Having undergone Abhyanga & Swedana the patient is advised to lie down in left lateral position.
Small quantity of oil is applied on patient’s anus & nozzle of Vastiyantra.
The nozzle is gently inserted into the anal canal upto specific length & Vastiputaka containing mixture is pressed with uniform pressure.
The pressure is continued till only small quantity of fluid remains in the bag (to avoid air insertion)
Then the nozzle is removed gently & the patient is allowed to lie down in supine position.
Vatadosha is responsible for the formation & spread of Sweda, Mala, Mutra & other biological substance in the body. It is the major causative factor for disease of digestive system, nervous ystem and musculo-sketal system.
Vasti being the principle treatment for alleviating Vatadosha is considered as therapeutic procedure of maximum importance. That is why Vasti is considered half of the entire Chikitsa Paddhati.

Adhishthana Bhedam:

  • Pakwashyagata Vasti
  • Mutrashayagata Vasti
  • Garbhashayagata Vasti
  • Vranagata Vasti


  • Niruha Vasti
  • Anuvasana Vasti

Sankhya Bhedam:

  • Yoga Vasti
  • Kala Vasti
  • Karma Vasti


  • Shodhana Vasti
  • Lekhana Vasti
  • Snehana Vasti
  • Brimhana Vasti


  • Pakshvadha (Hemiplagia, paraplegia)
  • Gridhrasi (Sciatica)
  • Kampavata (Parkinson’s disease)
  • Vatarakta (Gout)
  • Aamvata (Rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Sandhigatavata (Osteo arthritis)
  • Vibandha (Chronic constipation)
  • Grahani (Digestive disorders)
  • Jeerna-jwara (Chronic fever)
  • Vandhyatva (Infertility)
  • Sthaulya (Obesity)
  • Prameha (Diabetes)


Vedas like Atharvaveda, Rigveda, Yajurveda etc. identified and worshipped Agni as a god and made disinfectant and curative properties of Agni clear by indicating its application in context of obstetric & gynaecological disorders.
Acharya Sushruta who is considered as the father of surgery has described Agnikarma under parasurgical procedures.
In the present day of practice there are set of disorders, which do not respond to Bhaishaja, Shashtra and Kshara treatment modalities, if at all they respond, palliative relief is found & after sometime chance of recurrence do exist.
Agnikarma is one such promising procedure which is given utmost importance over all of above treatment modalities due to its permanent curative effect.
Agnikarma means the application of heat directly or indirectly to the affected part with the help of different materials like Pippali, Ajashakrita, Godanta, Shara, Shalaka, Jambavoushtha, Kshaudra, Sneha, Panchalauha shalaka etc.
Patient is advised to take Picchila Anna prior performing Agnikarma therapy.
Thereafter, the site of morbidity & local affected area is cleansed with Triphala Kashaya.
After assessing symptoms of the disease, vital spots and the strength of patient Agnikarma is performed by red hot Shalaka (Panchadhatu) at the affected body part.
The number of Samyaka Dagdha Vrana can be 5-30 depending upon the extent of diseased area.
Cooling agent like Kumari patra along with Madhu & Ghrita is applied to relieve the burning pain post operation.
After Samaka Vranashodhana the treated area is covered with Plota(Gauze piece) & proper bandaging is done.
It cure disease, which do not respond to any other treatment modality like Ksharkarma and other surgical interventions.
It is choice of treatment modality for Kapha and Vatajanya Vyadhi.
Least chance of infection in treated wound.
Least chance of recurrence of pathological phenomenon.


  • Granthi (Cyst)
  • Arsha (Non bleeding piles)
  • Bhagandara (Fistula in ano)
  • Arbuda (Malignancies)
  • Gridhrasi (Sciatica)
  • Vriddhi (Inguinal hernia)
  • Sandhigata Vata (Multiple joint pain)
  • Shleepada (Filariasis)
  • Mashaka (Moles & warts)
  • Ardhavabhedaka (Migraine)
  • Galaganda/Gandamala (Thyroid dysfunction)
  • Unmada (Schizophrenia)
  • Kunakha (Infection in nail bed)
  • Shotha (Oedema) etc


Acharya Charaka, describes the five process of Shodhana under the heading of Panchkarma as Vamana (Therapeutic emesis), Virechana (Therapeutic purgation), two types of Vasti (Cleansing & nourishing enema) and Nasya (Nasal insufflation), while Acharya Sushruta combined the two types of Vasti into one category and added Raktmokshana (Therapeutic blood withdrawal) – as the fifth major procedure used in Panchkarma.
Raktamokshana is the blood cleansing & purification therapy in which the blood is expelled out from the body to reduce the quantity of toxic substances from the bodyand improve constitution of blood tissue.
It provides rapid and sometimes dramatic decrease in symptoms of various Raktapradoshaja and Pitta Pradhana Vyadhi’s (disease caused by vitiated Rakta& Pitta) mainly resulting in skin and GI disorders.
It is therapy of choice in some of arthritic complaints like sciatica, tenosynovitis and neurological conditions like diabetic foot ulcer.
Raktamokshana can be achieved through Shastra Visravana i.e using sharp metallic instruments or Anushashtra Visravana i.e using allied instruments like leech.
The patient should be subjected to Snehana & Swedana to enhance the mobility of vitiated Dosha.
In Shashtra Visravana, the lancet is inserted quickly neither too deep nor superficial in the middle of the affected vein without injuring the Marma points (Vital points). The maximum quantity of blood that may be let out should not exceed, one Prastha i.e 650 ml.
In leech therapy the leeches are applied directly to the affected part and covered with wet cotton over which cold water should be poured from above time to time.
After Samyaka Raktavisravana, the site is cleaned with normal saline & bandaging is done after sprinkling turmeric powder with bee honey to the bleeding site.
Periodic blood letting bestows the person with below mentioned benefits.
Excellence of colour & complexion
Improved power of sense organs, and good perception of objects by sense faculties.
Good digestive activity.
Enjoyment of comforts endowed with good nutrition and immunity.


  • Kushtha (Skin disease)
  • Visarpa (Erysipelas)
  • Pidika (Boils & Carbuncles)
  • Vidradhi (Abscess)
  • Dadru (Ringworm)
  • Pama (Scabies)
  • Arbuda (Tumours)
  • Vicharchika (Eczema)
  • Indralupta (Alopecia)
  • Shwitra (Vitiligo)
  • Kadara (Foot Corn)
  • Nasarsha (Nasal haemorrhoids)
  • Vyanga (Hyperpigmentation)
  • Yakrit-plihavriddhi (Enlargement of liver & spleen)


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Mukh Lepanam is a very unique Ayurveda beauty treatment which is in practice for many centuries. It is highly effective in pimples, dark spots, blemishes wrinkles, discolouration. It rejuvenates the skin and makes one feel younger.


  • Poor Eyesight
  • Dry Eyes
  • Irritation of Eyes
  • Eye Redness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Night Blindness


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  • Elevation of children’s intellect and memory power
  • Increases immunity in children
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Vamana means to induce vomiting, it is a bio-purification measure meant for the elimination of morbid doshas (mainly Kapha & Pitta) accumulated in the upper gastro-intestinal tract & respiratory tract (Amashaya and Kaphashaya) Add the second shloka here As the flowers, fruits and branches are destroyed at once, as soon as the mother tree is rooted out; similarly the diseases originated due to vitiated Kapha dosha are subdued through bio-cleaning procedure of Vamana.
Though, Vamana is a completely independent bio cleansing procedure, generally it is preferred before Virechana (Therapeutic purgation) because if Virechana is administered without Vamana, the vitiated Kapha may descend to mask Grahani(duodenum) causing Agnimandya.
The patient is prepared for Vamana karma after proper Deepana, Pachana; Bahya – Abhyantara Snehana and Swedana sequentially for appropriate time period depending upon the Prakriti and koshtha of the patient.
Patient is advised to take Kaphotkleshaka Ahara like curd, black gram, rice cooked with milk and ghee etc., on the day prior Vamana karma.
Vamana is conducted preferably between 7-8am in morning in Kaphotklesha kala.
Medicine as per the diseased condition & requirement of patient is given full stomach along with Vacha and Madhu to lick in between.
After Samyaka Vamana the mouth & face of the patient is cleansed with warm water & Dhumapana (medicated smoking) with the prescribed drugs es. Haridra, Jati, Aguru etc., is performed.
Patient has to follow Sansarjana krama (controlled diet & lifestyle) till3-7 days as per the level of bio-cleansing achieved.

Protection against kaphaja disorders like bronchial asthma, chronic sinusitis, filariasis, recurrent pyrexia, various skin disorders, chronic coughing.
Detoxifies upper gastrointestinal tract & prevents from various peptic disorders.
Detoxifies respiratory tract & prevents from various respiratory disorders.

  • Amlapitta (Acid Peptic disorders)
  • Navajwara (Fever of recent origin)
  • Shwasa (Bronchial asthma)
  • Pinasa (Chronic Sinusitis)
  • Rajayakshma (Tuberculosis)
  • Shleepada (Filariasis)
  • Kushtha (Various Skin Diseases)
  • Gandamala (Swelling in neck region)
  • Prameha (Diabetic condition)
  • Adhoga Raktapitta (Haemorrhagic disorders in lower body)
  • Mukharoga (Disease of oral cavity)
  • Unmada (Schizophrenia) etc

VIRECHANA DETOXIFICATION (Therapeutic purgation)

Virechana is the procedure by which the vitiated Doshas (mainly Pitta Pradhana) are eliminated through the anal route.
Virechana is considered to be the most effective way of eliminating the exaggerated Pitta Pradhana Tridosha from Panchyamanashaya (small intestine)
It is also highly preferable in Raktapradoshaja vikaras (Diseases caused due to vitiated blood), Mamsapradoshaja vikaras (Diseases caused due to poor muscle tissues), Asthipradoshaja vikaras (Bone & joint disorders), Majjapradoshaja vikaras (Bone marrow disorders) & Shukrapradoshaja vikaras (Low libido and infertility).
Patient is asked to undergo Poorvakarma i.e. Deepana-pachana (3-5 days) Snehapana (3-7 days), then Abhyanga & Swedana for three days; prior to Virechana karma.
The medicine for purgation is to be given early morning at 7-8am empty stomach in prescribed quantity.
Warm water is given in small doses, when the patient feels thirsty or the urge for evacuation is not felt sufficient.
After appearance of Samyaka Virechana Lakshana’s the patient is advised to take complete rest.
There after Sansarajana krama is to be followed for 3-7 days as per the directions of the physician.
  • Imparts mental positivity
  • Nourishes sense faculties
  • Strengthens body tissues
  • Imparts physical strength
  • Improves digestive power
  • Subdue early ageing process
  • Improves skin complexion & texture


  • Jeerna Jwara (Recurrent and Chronic Pyrexia)
  • Pandu (Anaemia)
  • Kaamala (Jaundice)
  • Vatarakta (Gouty arthritis)
  • Krimi (Worm infestation)
  • Twakavikara (Eczema, allergic dermatitis & other skin disorders)
  • Tamaka shwasa (Bronchial asthma)
  • Galaganda (Goitre)
  • Pakshyaghata (Hemiplegia)
  • Madhumeha (Diabetes)
  • Arbuda (Tumour)
  • Vyanga (Hyperpigmentation)
  • Unmada (Schizophrenia)
  • Yonidosha (Female infertility)
  • Shukradosha (Male infertility)
  • Udararoga (Ascites)
  • Vibandha (Chronic Constipation)
  • Mutraghata (Obstruction of urine)



  • It helps in chronic sinusitis, migraine and headaches
  • It is very effective treatment of cervical spondylosis, paralysis, High Blood pressure
  • Helps in disorders of Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat
  • Useful in treatment of hair falling, greying of hair & hair loss
  • It improves complexion & texture of skin