Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, is a relatively new strain of an influenza virus that causes symptoms similar to the regular flu. It originated in pigs, but is spread primarily from person to person. Swine flu made headlines in 2009 when it was first discovered in humans and became a pandemic.
As per WHO, the H1N1 virus spreads just like other seasonal influenza viruses. It spreads from exposure to an infected person. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, he/she leaves behind infected droplets. Exposure to these infected droplets can contaminate hands and surfaces.
The symptoms of H1N1 are similar to season flu. The symptoms included cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, headache and bodyache. In extreme cases, the patient also feels chills and fatigue. The swine flu, like every other regular flu, can develop into serious problems such as pneumonia, lung infection and other breathing problems.
What are the preventive measures one can take?
According to WHO, People are advised to seek medical care if they experience shortness of breath. They should also consult a doctor if the fever continues for more than three days. People should also wash their hands before consumption of food and avoid exposure to sick patient. Flu vaccine which are used to protect agaisnt seasonal flu disorders also protects against H1n1 virus strain.
Herbal/Ayurvedic Remedies for Swine flu?!
- Have five duly washed leaves of Tulsi (known as Basil in English; medicinal name Ocimum sanctum) everyday in the morning. Tulsi has a large number of therapeutic properties. It keeps throat and lungs clear and helps in infections by way of strengthening your immunity.
- HOW TO MAKE TULSI DECOCTION: Take 12-15 leaves of Tulsi, add 1-2 spoon of jaggery, Add a coup of water and also add a pinch of dry ginger powder. Boil for 3-4 minutes and have it everyday.
- Do Pranayam daily (preferably under guidance if you are already not initiated into it) and go for morning jog/walk regularly to keep your throat and lungs in good condition and body in fine fettle. Even in small measures, it will work wonders for your body’s resistance against all such diseases which attack the nose, throat and lungs, besides keeping you fit.
- Have citrus fruits, particularly Vitamin C rich Amla (Indian gooseberry) juice. Since fresh Amla is not yet available in the market (not for another three to four months), it is not a bad idea to buy packaged Amla juice which is commonly available nowadays.
- Last but not the least, wash your hands frequently every day with soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds; especially before meals, or each time after touching a surface that you suspect could be contaminated with flu virus such as a door handle or a knob/handle, especially if you have returned from a public place or used public transport. Alcohol-based hand cleaners should be kept handy at all times and used until you can get soap and warm water.
Dr Kinshuk Parikh
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Dr Kinshuk Parikh is an Ayurveda consultant and a health writer. She has studied Ayurveda and clinical research from India and now moved to USA california.
With encouragement of her family and friends she has started writing articles on various health topics. She is also an 24*7 available health professional for her relatives and friends. She’s more a counselor then a doctor, after all she believes in “The best doctor gives the least medicines”. She has the passion of healing patients through Ayurveda, research, counselling, food, yoga and meditation.