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

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 -  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 phil

Lockdown Blues: Minding Our Minds

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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 an

Boost Your Immunity

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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 (

Let's fight COVID-19 together!

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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

The Lockdown Chronicle

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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 p

The "Aarogya Setu" App

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On April 2, the Government of India launched the ‘AarogyaSetu’ mobile app with an aim to bring about health and wellness of every Indian. Developed in public-private partnership, this app is a definite step towards India's fight against COVID-19. The app enables people to assess themselves for their risk of catching the Corona Virus infection. It calculates such risk based on their interaction with others, using Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence. This can be easily installed on a smartphone. Once installed, the app detects other devices with AarogyaSetu in the proximity of that phone. It then calculates the risk of infection based on certain parameters if the person carrying any of these devices has tested positive. The effectiveness of this app will increase as more and more people use it. The App will help the Government take necessary timely steps for assessing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 infection, and ensuring isolation wher