Covid-19 was a crisis that stunned the world. Dealing with the disease was really difficult. But with proper and timely medical attention, most people are able to recover at home. Mild cases are cured in 2-3 weeks for those with severe infection, a month is required for complete recovery.
As it is not known accurately how long the antibodies in your body can help you from contracting the virus again, you need to take utmost care.
Importance of Post-Covid Care
The Novel Coronavirus damages your body to a great extent. A moderate to severe infection causes some noticeable amount of damage to your respiratory system. Even people who had a mild infection should be careful after recovery as the symptoms of other health conditions that are triggered by the virus may surface. The fight that you have fought with the dangerous virus for several days leaves you drained and lethargic.
So, do not rush to your old lifestyle immediately. Too much work can make you ill again. Enough sleep is needed as it speeds up the recovery procedure.
Symptoms common after recovery from Covid
Shortness of breath
Reduced taste and smell
Confusion, forgetfulness, less focus etc.
Depression and anxiety
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Muscle and joint pain
Thromboembolism, leading to death in rare severe cases
Long term and Chronic effects
Severe health conditions like heart and lung damage may result if proper care is not taken.
Patients who have a history of diabetes, hypertension, and immune disorders are more prone to Cytokine storms, where abnormally high quantities of cytokine proteins are released into blood speedily. Immune responses more than normal can be caused, which causes sleep and temperature abnormalities, severe fatigue and cognitive problems. These are much more severe for people with preconditions.
How can Ayurveda help in Post Covid Management
As per Ayurveda, many diseases are caused due to imbalance of the three doshas and accumulation of ama or toxins in the body. So, the main focus is on balancing the doshas and detoxifying the body to bring about overall healing.
Ayurvedic formulations that aid recovery
Triphala - It regulates excess pitta in your body and eliminates toxins.
Ashwagandha - It is a great adaptogen which helps your body to adapt to various kinds of stress and promotes stamina and general well-being. The nervous system is strengthened.
Shatavari - It aids in increasing the strength of the musculoskeletal system.
Adopt an Ayurvedic diet according to your Prakriti, avoiding fried and spicy foods.To further strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation, include herbs and spices like turmeric and black pepper while cooking.
Panchakarma treatment must be adopted first to manage your body systems and organs which can be affected due to Covid. The treatment can help body and mind handle fatigue and de-stress or detox.
Pneumonia associated with Covid-19 can cause damage to the tiny air sacs in lungs. Long-term breathing problems can arise due to scar tissue.
For issues related to the respiratory system, practice Deepana and Ama Pachan. They help bring Sama doshas(doshas with toxins) to Nirmana doshas(doshas without ama). Abhyanga, the oil massage and Swedana(steam bath) help the body to rejuvenate and toxic wastes are expelled through the skin. The doshas are expelled and the body is purified by Vamana(emesis) or Virechana(purgation).
Damage is caused to heart muscles increasing the risk of heart failure.
Uro Vasthi, Shirodhara, Kashaya Dhara, Ksheera Dhara, Abhyanga or Pizhichil are few treatments used to treat cardiac conditions.
Agni Deepana helps balance the digestive fire and Ama Pachana eliminates the toxins. Udwarthanam is a full-body powder massage done in a rhythmic motion.
Neurological conditions caused by Covid are treated by Vasthi according to the condition in the form of Kala, Karma, and Yoga Vasthi, in combination with Sneha Vasthi, Kashaya Vasthi, Ksheera Dhara, Shirodhara, Kashaya Dhara etc.
Joint pain and muscle pain, are associated with Covid-19. Musculoskeletal conditions that are caused by the virus can be treated by Patra Pinda Sweda, Swastika Shali Pinda Sweda or Ksheera Dhara. Body muscles are strengthened and lost strength is regained.
Sneha Nasyam with Anu taila or Ksheerabala taila can be used to treat mild insomnia and ia and depression. Vitiated doshas from the nervous system can be pacified with the help of Shirodhara and the efficiency of your nervous system can be enhanced.
Yogasanas and meditation should be practiced if your health permits or as prescribed. Practice Anulom Vilom Pranayama for 10 minutes a day.
It is important to follow a strict Post Covid-19 regimen, with a positive state of mind. There is a long curve recovery post Covid. Weakness, tiredness, and effect on respiratory system can last for quite some time, if not taken care of.
At Jeevess, we offer Jeevess Prana, the Post Covid-19 and SARS rejuvenation program which aims at improving mental and physical well-being post Covid and reduce the impact of potential health problems in future.
Swasa and Kasa treatments involving special applications on the chest followed by exercises and Pranayama help in boosting lung function. Special drugs, herbal applications and oils are used to alleviate joint, chest, and muscle pain. Kalari and Yoga posture improves muscle and joint strength. Kalari and Marma therapy reduce damage to heart, lungs and brain.
As per the individual's needs, the type of treatment is decided, amongst the multitude of treatments available at Jeevess.
Even after recovery from Covid-19, never stop taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Visit Jeevess to manage Post Covid symptoms.