Preventing Monsoon Illnesses

Nearly everything is pleasant about monsoons, barring the some common illnesses such as Cold & Cough, Viral Fever, Sore Throat, etc. Please keep in mind that most of the monsoon related illnesses are common, easily preventable and curable; and that there is no need to panic. Follow these simple yet affective prevention tips to avoid illnesses during this monsoon season –

·Maintaining proper hygiene:  Make sure you wash your hands before and after your meals, after sneezing, coughing, petting, gardening, using the washroom etc. Also, make sure you don't pick your wounds or cuts to avoid spread of bacteria.
·Eat fresh home-cooked food :  Home cook During monsoons, a good idea would be to eat foods that give a boost to your immunity. Avoid eating food from outside during the rainy season. It is likely to have stayed in unhygienic environment with a lot of germs breeding over it. ·Wear a mask : Medical Mask or a Home made three layered face cover can save you from many illnesses (not…

The Five FAQs - Urban Floods

1.What is an Urban Flood? Flood is an overflow of a large body of water over areas not usually inundated. Urban flooding is intense and/or prolonged rainfall, which overwhelms the capacity of the drainage system.
2.How are Urban Floods different from Rural Floods? Unlike Rural Floods, flooding in urban areas is more intense and quick – because of density of population and lesser space for water to flow.
3.What factors cause Urban Floods? ·Meteorological Factors such as Heavy Rainfall, Cyclonic Storms, etc. ·Hydrological Factors such as occurrence of high tides; ·Anthropogenic Factors such as Unplanned urbanization, Poor waste management system, Ill maintenance of drainage systems, etc. 4.What are the impacts of Urban Flooding?
·Loss of Human lives; ·Loss of livelihoods; ·Loss of pets and animals; ·Increased risk of Disease outbreak because of contamination of water and       rise in mosquito borne diseases; ·Infrastructural loss such as – damaged buildings, roads, heritage sites, etc.; ·Economical …

COVID-19: A preliminary study on efficacies of some Siddha Formulations

Dr. Sudha Seshayyan 
Vice-Chancellor, The Tamilnadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University

Medical Science, as practised by our ancestors, was based on Nature and Spirituality. The human body was looked as a ‘whole’ with representative elements of the Cosmos. Therefore, the energies and activities of the Cosmos influenced the body and its functions. 
One of the ancient systems of Indian Medicine is the Siddha system which has been practised more so in the southern part of the country. The word ‘siddha’ derives from ‘siddhi’, which means perfection. Those who attain the powers of perfection are called the Siddhars. The Siddhars formed a school of great knowledge and wisdom and were originally eighteen in number, called the Moolavarga Siddhars.
The descendants of the Siddha School had comprehensive and composite knowledge of medicine, alchemy, chemistry, botany, metallurgy, physics, astronomy, astrology and many more. Their healing art included principles of metaphysics and philosophy too. 

Lockdown Blues: Minding Our Minds

Lockdown is meant to prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, to protect ourselves and others. However, staying at home for such a prolonged period can be boring, restricting and saddening. Here are some tips to combat the loneliness of physical distancing and stay positive and cheerful.
Create quality time: If you share your home with others, why not make a special occasion of every day events, like dinner, or even tea time? Encourage everyone to make an effort, perhaps dress up.
Go old school: Play board games with those you are in lockdown with, or cards, chess, checkers. These help you bond more closely, and feel less alone in a way no computer game or film can.
Break bad habits: Do your phone conversations with loved ones, especially your parents/children seem repetitive? So change: why not read a book aloud over the telephone with them, a few pages at a time? You can take turns, so that in a little time, you've read an interesting book and become closer.

Boost Your Immunity

Follow these Ministry of AYUSH recommendations, based on Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications, for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health.

Measures for Enhancing Immunity
Drink warm water throughout the day.Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and Meditation for at least 30 minutes. Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and Lahsun (Garlic) recommended in cooking. 
Simple Ayurvedic Procedures
Nasal Application- Apply Sesame Oil/Coconut oil or Ghee in both the nostrils (Pratimarsh Nasya) in morning and evening.Oil Pulling Therapy— Take 1 tablespoon 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.  Ayurvedic Immunity Enhancing Tips
Take Chyavanprash 10gm (1tsf) in the morning. Diabetics should take sugar-free Chyavanprash. Drink Herbal Tea/Decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil),…

Let's fight COVID-19 together!

Stories of help and hope, and collective will from across the country
Agni: Shesham Rina: Shesham, Vyadhi: SheshamTathaivacha | Punah: Punah: Pravardheta, Tasmaat Shesham na Kaaryet ||
Fire, Debt and Illness, if taken lightly, grow again at the first opportunity,  assuming dangerous proportions- so it is important to treat them completely! No one disagreed with the Prime Minister when he cautioned against over-enthusiasm and consequent negligence. Speaking during his 'Mann Ki Baat' address on April 26, Shri Narendra Modi urged everyone to remain cautious. He reiterated, “Maintain a distance of two yards and keep yourself healthy!” Responding to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Government of India announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown on March 24. This was later extended by 19 days to last till May 3, and once again till May 17.  It is extremely important for all of us to follow all guidelines/advisories during the lockdown period and beyond, whenever that may be, to help prevent …

The Lockdown Chronicle

As the world grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, India – home to 1.35 billion people – stayed indoors in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for a Junta Curfew on March 22. When the clock struck 5 in the evening, the country reverberated with the sound of clapping and clanging of utensils in a show of solidarity and gratitude to each and every person involved in providing the front line of defence against the coronavirus. The junta was indeed united against the virus.

It was the beginning of a long haul to contain the spread of the pandemic as was evident in a series of tweets by Shri Modi cautioning people against complacency. He further urged people to follow the instructions being issued by the central government and the state governments from time to time.

On March 24, the Prime Minister announced a complete lockdown in the country for a 21-day period. He urged people to do just one thing in the next 21 days - Stay inside their homes.
In a bid to rally people amid the…