Fever manifests in two ways, from our external environment (infectious disease or trauma) and our internal environment (morbid dosa/s). Fever is both acute and chronic, and both conditions can occur from either an external or internal cause (1).
Ayurveda recognizes there are early subtle signs before the onset of fever. These early signs may continue through the course of the fever. These early signs or symptoms occur according to the person's predisposition and the morbid dosa/s involved (1).
When acute fever symptoms arise, Ayurveda recommends a light fasting diet. It is known that fever originates in the stomach, by overeating ama develops and will increase fever. Taking herbal Kashayams, Kwathams or Arishtams are useful for early symptoms of fever, along with shodhana or shamana therapies, fumigation, herbal smoke therapy, herbal eyewash, and light soup diet (1).
In all types of chronic fever, the internal use of ghritam is recommended. Ghrita pacifies vata by its unctuousness, pitta by its coldness, and kapha when combined with kapha pacifying herbs. Ghrita is useful, like a fire subsides with water. As water is sprinkled on burning houses to douse the fire, ghee is administered to manage chronic fever (2).
NOTEWORTHY – It is fascinating to notice, different ayurvedic products for fever originating from various problems, whereas in Allopathy, only one medicine, namely paracetamol, is recommended. How elaborate is Ayurveda is any body’s guess? As Ayurvedic products act slowly, the patient should not wait. If the temperature is running high, like 102-degree patients should seek medical treatment with their known physician.
One of the most senior Ayurvedic experts of our time, Padma Bushan Dr. P.K. Warrier the Managing Trustee and Medical Director of the 118-year-old Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, India talks briefly on the Ayurvedic potential for the current coronavirus pandemic.
Herbal steam inhalation is a great way to help open congested sinuses and bronchial airways caused by a cold, flu, or allergy. Herbal steams are also used before Nasya therapies to help open the nasal airway.
The steam from the boiling water is often sufficient to help congestion; however, by adding herbs that help respiratory disorders, the effect is far more notable.