December 15, 2020 Jennifer Eddinger

Āyurveda for COVID-19

Although COVID-19 is only beginning to be understood, it is possible to treat it with Āyurveda as a primary medicine or a complementary medicine.

Āyurvedic guidelines for various fever pathologies and upper respiratory diseases are the leading management protocols for COVID-19, depending on the symptoms that are presenting themselves.

How We Utilize Āyurveda for COVID-19

In the early stages of COVID-19, the patient is managed with at-home quarantine and telemedicine. Based on the symptoms that are presenting, we then recommend appropriate meals, beverages and Āyurvedic guidelines to follow.

According to Āyurvedic medicine, the selection of the appropriate foods and activities at the right time is important to regain health. Appropriate foods and activities are those that are dissimilar to the symptoms at hand. The avoidance of foods and activities that are similar to the symptoms is also important.

Treatment of COVID-19 or any other disease should only be attempted with the guidance of a medical doctor and a qualified, experienced Āyurvedic specialist. 

"Treatment of COVID-19 or any other disease should only be attempted with the guidance of a medical doctor and a qualified, experienced Āyurvedic specialist or Vaidya. "

Here at MD Ayurveda, we bring Western Medicine together with Āyurvedic Medicine for a combined approach to health.

Āyurveda for COVID-19 at MD Ayurveda

Board Certified Family Physician Remy Coeytaux and Jessica Vellela, BAMS, offer two perspectives on health and disease treatment. Together, the union is really quite unique in the U.S.

It opens up new opportunities for care with the integration of two very different medical practices. For example, after Āyurvedic treatment, as a Family Physician, Remy Coeytaux, M.D., Ph.D. helps coordinate care with the patient’s team of conventional medical providers back home. During treatment, Dr. Coeytaux and Vaidya Jessica combine their diagnostic skills to coordinate appropriate care and track results.

In Āyurvedic medicine, treatment is more personalized than what is typical of Western Medicine. Symptoms and responses to treatment are monitored carefully. The doctor-patient relationship is also quite different.

At MD Ayurveda, contact with patients is frequent, sometimes daily, and we use an app as one way of staying in touch with them.

Āyurveda for COVID-19 Long-Haulers

Those with long-term symptoms of COVID-19, or ‘long-haulers’, may also benefit from Āyurvedic medical care. Here again, symptomatology would be used in diagnosing and managing the condition. We suggest meals to eat, what to avoid and provide the instructions on proper lifestyle while the patient is healing. Āyurveda may seem simple in some ways but it’s actually very complex and sophisticated. It has a lot to lend to Western medicine.

Āyurvedic Medicine is a Complete Medical System

Western Medicine excels in emergency medicine and complex disease management. 

Āyurvedic Medicine has a broader area of clinical practice. At the one end, we have non-invasive approaches to the treatment of complex health conditions. We have medicinal support for recovery or recuperation. In Āyurveda we call that, rasayana. At the other end of the spectrum of care, we have the knowledge of pre-disease or symptomatology and clear definitions of what it means to be healthy. So every individual can benefit, from the high-functioning athlete to those recovering from the effects of chemotherapy. It really is a complete medical system.

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