Chyawanprash, haldi, mulethi, and a bunch of other herbal remedies, along with yoga, breathing exercises, and walks, is what COVID-19 recovered patients in India need, as per MoHFW. By Tanvi Jain

 

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The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHW) has released a new set of guidelines for patients who have recovered from Coronavirusin order to prevent any relapse and further spread of the disease. 

After acute COVID-19 illness, recovered patients may continue to report a wide variety of signs and symptoms including fatigue, body ache, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing, etc. As of now, there is limited evidence of post-COVID-19 sequelae and further research is required and is being actively pursued. holistic approach is required for follow-up care and well-being of all post-COVID-19 recovering patients,” it said on its website. 

 

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Some key highlights of the new guidelines include:

  1. Continue to wear a mask, and maintain respiratory hygiene and social distancing. 
  2. Consume ample amount of water. 
  3. Take immunity-boosting AYUSH medicines as prescribed by AYUSH practitioner, and all the regular medicines prescribed for COVID-19 and for comorbidities. 
  4. Resume household work only if health permits, and professional work in graded manner. 
  5. Practice Yoga, breathing exercises as prescribed by the physician, and go for morning and evening walk at a pace you are comfortable in. 
  6. Take balanced, nutritious diet, that is soft, freshly cooked and easy to digest. 
  7. Have an adequate amount of sleep, and avoid smoking and consuming alcohol. 
  8. Self-monitor temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar, pulse, etc., and look for warning signs such as fever, breathlessness, chest pain, focal weakness, etc. 
  9. Do saline gargles in case of dry cough or sore throat. 
  10. Try to share your positive experience among people to create awareness. 
  11. Take support from self-help groups, civil society organisationsand qualified professionals. 
  12. Seek psycho-social support from friends or counsellors, and seek mental health advice if needed. 
  13. Don’t forget to go for a follow-up visit to the doctor, seven days after the discharge. 
  14. If you notice any symptoms during home isolation, visit the nearest health facility at once. 

 

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Moreover, apart from allopathic medicines, the Health Ministry suggests some herbal remedies as well, such as, “Ayush Kwath (150 ml; 1 cup) daily, Samshamani vati (500 mg twice a day or 1 gm per day) or Giloy powder (1 -3 grams with lukewarm warm water for 15 days)Ashwagandha (500 mg twice a day or 1 gm per day) or Ashwagandha powder (1-3 grams twice daily for 15 days), and Amla fruit (one daily)/ Amla powder (1-3 grams once daily)mulethi powder (1- 3 gm with lukewarm water twice daily in case of dry cough), warm milk with half teaspoonful haldi in morning/evening, gargling with turmeric and salt.  

It is also suggested by the Ministry of AYUSH that the use of Chyawanprash in the morning (1 teaspoonful) with lukewarm water/milk is highly recommended (under the direction of Registered Ayurveda physician) as in the clinical practice Chyawanprash is believed to be effective in the post-recovery period,” MoHFW adds. 

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