Natural Remedies Relieve Chest Congestion Due to Mucus Formation
The most advanced countries along with other nations of the world are now having the headache because of COVID-19. It needs to be tackled with the centuries-old traditional methods and practices of health and hygiene such as social distancing.
As long as there is no vaccination against this pandemic malady, people are very much fearful. Once any person gets exposed to infection and acquires disease then there is only symptomatic treatment available as on date.
Some of the traditional medicinal herbs act as probiotics as well as acting safely as endocrinal stimulants for curing the symptoms at organic levels. The traditional ayurvedic system has some of the immunity developing medicines from natural herbs. This may become very much useful to tolerate the disease by overcoming from the disease symptoms easily.
Importance of Medicines
Some of the Indian doctors have felt that administering chloroquine helps COVID-19 patients to recover faster. This has created an export of this particular drug from India. As a result, scarcity within the country has been anticipated and the Government of India has taken a decision to prevent the export of chloroquine drug.
When we look into to the age-old tradition of natural herbal medicine in India, we come across some of the unique herbs such as the Heart-leaved Moonseed plant, the bitter Swertia plant, the sweet Glycyrrhiza plant, etc. Understanding the values of these plants will be helpful for utilising them during eventualities to overcome drug scarcity.
Tinospora is useful as a prophylactic natural remedy. So are the homoeopathic medicines mentioned in this article. The plant Swertia and Glycyrrhiza are useful in curative natural medicine for bringing down fever and being anti-inflammatory. While under expert medical practitioners advice these are useful at local levels.
Tinospora cordifolia (Menispermaceae)
This woody climber has wonderful medicine. In common English, it is known as Heart-leaved Moonseed creeper. It can even diminish the symptoms of COVID-19 caused respiratory congestion. Tinospora has been recognised for its medicinal properties in traditional Indian medicine for the past many generations as antipyretic2. In Sanskrit, it is known as Guduchi, in common language as Amrita Valli or Giloe.
The woody vines of the plant, of about 15 grams fresh weight, are cut into pieces and made into a paste along with 2-3 black pepper seeds by mixing it with boiled cooled water and made into 100 ml. It can be had in a single dose at night. If the symptoms do not vanish completely it maybe had once again on the next night. While giving to children, a small amount of honey can be mixed for taste. The concoction does not have neither bad taste or smell nor any bad effects. It is tasteless and therefore easy to have. Only thing is that the children might not like to have it as such.
It is good for digestive problems also. In such cases where stomach ache and vomiting sensation occurs, its stem of about 20-30 grams is crushed and boiled in half a litre of water. It can be had in equal proportions for three days after boiling and cooling. It helps the person remain healthy and cures mild diabetes. However, for those who are having hypoglycaemia, it must be carefully administered by a physician.
Fresh pieces of the creeper are very effective in medicine. It is good for relieving from symptoms of fever. It is also very useful for various viral fevers. It becomes useful for obesity and arthritis. It has healthy principles for the heart with good antioxidant properties. The stem has full of glandular skin. The creeper which is woody and upon crushing, the internal woody stem separates from the skin. It is an excellent mucolytic preparation. Mucous congestion gets dissolved and vanishes easily, helping the patient to recover health.
The stem after years of growth it accumulates carbohydrate. It can be extracted and used in medicine. It is considered as a useful tonic for gastric wellness.
This plant can be easily grown in the home garden or kitchen garden and also in pots on the terrace. It can be vegetatively propagated through root cuttings. It forms an integral part of medicinal plants garden, Its heart-shaped 7 ribbed leaves remain evergreen throughout the year. It grows well with the support of trees and partial shade is good for profuse growth. It is in fact, hardy and overcomes short period of drought situations.
In total, this is a very useful natural medicine for holistic health. Even though it is a fresh herbal natural medicine, its products as juice, powder, dried stem and medicinal sinus support capsular formulations and tablets. These are available in the online markets also.
Swertia chiriata (Gentianaceae)
It is a wonderful herb which grows in bulky green cover.
It brings down body temperature during fever and also reducing bacterial and viral infection. It has been very effectively used in malaria in the form of Gentia chiriata or Swertia chiriata mother tincture, 20 drops diluted in water. Though the plant parts are very bitter in taste, they are very effective. Some of its herbal products are available in the markets.
This plant in the front yard looks very dark green and attractive. It gives a better appearance for the hedges. Narrow-leaved herbaceous habitat gives it a unique attraction.
Homoeopathic treatments are said to be effective as far as symptomatic curings are concerned. The medicines are made from ultra dilutions of compounds so that traces are also not recognizable. But curing of fever, viral fevers and bacterial infections through the homoeopathic system are said to be highly effective.
Mother tincture prepared from Swertia plants is used in homoeopathic medicine for curing fever and arthritis. These types of homoeopathic medicines are recently gaining popularity as they act as immune boosters.
Arsenicum album 30 has been under discussion recently because of COVID-19 and was claimed that it could be a potential medicine to relieve from the symptoms of disease caused by this Coronavirus.
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Remaining healthy is important for minimising the risks of virus attacks. For this purpose diet including vitamin C in the form of citrus juice is suggested as a nutritional supplement for all. Lemon is considered as the topmost sources of vitamin C naturally available to use directly for consumption.
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- Manbeena Chawla. 2020. Advisory based on the Indian traditional medicine practices Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani. Biospectrum - The business of bio & health sciences, 29 January 2020.
- Omar A. Ahmed-Farid, et al 2019. Dose-dependent neuroprotective effect of oriental phyto-derived glycyrrhizin on experimental neuroterminal norepinephrine depletion in a rat brain model. http://www-heparin.rpi.edu/main/files/papers/5cf67a099bdd00.73586085.pdf
- Virshette, S.J. 2019. A review on medicinal plants used as antiinflammatory agents. http://www.phytojournal.com/archives/2019/vol8issue4/PartAB/8-2-256-363.pdf
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