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Wonder herb Tulsi can not only keep the dreaded swine flu at bay but also help in fast recovery of an afflicted person, Ayurvedic practitioners claim.

"The anti-flu property of Tulsi has been discovered by medical experts across the world quite recently. Tulsi improves the body's overall defence mechanism including its ability to fight viral diseases. It was successfully used in combating Japanese Encephalitis and the same theory applies to swine flu," Dr U K Tiwari, a herbal medicine practitioner says.

Apart from acting as a preventive medicine in case of swine flu, Tulsi can help the patient recover faster.

"Even when a person has already contracted swine flu, Tulsi can help in speeding up the recovery process and also help in strengthening the immune system of the body," he claims.

Dr Bhupesh Patel, a lecturer at Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar is also of the view that Tulsi can play an important role in controlling swine flu.

"Tulsi can control swine flu and it should be taken in fresh form. Juice or paste of at least 20-25 medium sized leaves should be consumed twice a day on an empty stomach." This increases the resistance of the body and, thereby, reduces the chances of inviting swine flu," believes Patel.

When asked as to what extent Tulsi should be used in treating swine flu, the lecturer said, "It all depends upon the intensity of the disease. And the dose is administered accordingly."

Dr Narendra Singh, who worked with the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the erstwhile King George Medical College, Lucknow, also believes that Tulsi can help in containing swine flu.

"Three varieties of Tulsi leaves - Krishna (Ocimum sanctum), Vana (Ocimum gratissimum) and Katuki (Picrorriza kurroa) improve cell mediated immunity. These are anti-viral agents and improve body's resistance against various diseases including swine flu," he said.

Moreover, the practitioners said taking Tulsi is safe as it has no side effects and can be taken along with other medicines.


rOhit beHaL:
H1N1: Facts On The Flu
A quick guide to the H1N1 virus and what you should do during the current epidemic

Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of the influenza virus type A. The strain is known as H1N1 and is the same as the one found in seasonal flu outbreaks, except that it contains genetic material found in birds, humans and pigs. It is now a wholly human virus

How does it spread?
Flu viruses are spread through droplets that fall from your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze. These particles can be inhaled or transferred to others via hard surfaces, such as door handles, phones, keyboards and remote controls

How concerned should I be?
In most cases, symptoms of the virus are relatively mild. The majority who have caught it have made a full recovery within a week, many without medical treatment and some without knowing they were infected Laboratory-confirmed cases of swine flu reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) show a mortality rate of 0.4%, in line with seasonal flu. In India, there were 1,078 positive cases till Tuesday and 11 deaths, resulting in a mortality rate of 1% As with all forms of flu, there is a chance of the virus mutating into a stronger strain, building a resistance to antiviral medicine and causing more severe symptoms. As yet there is no evidence to suggest this has happened

Pregnant women People aged 65 and over Under-5s And people with: Chronic lung disease Chronic kidney disease Chronic heart disease Neurological diseases (including motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s) Lowered immune systems Diabetes A history of being treated for asthma in the past three years People in the above groups should seek immediate medical attention if they display symptoms of the flu
    Among certain groups, primarily those with underlying health problems, there is an increased risk of complications. Where complications do occur, they tend to be when the virus has entered the lungs and further infections, such as pneumonia, occur
If I am pregnant?
Pregnant women have a lower immune system, especially In the third trimester (weeks 27-40). If you are pregnant and experience symptoms, immediately contact a medical professional who can prescribe you antiviral medication

Preventing the spread of germs is the most effective way of fighting the virus. Observing basic hygiene practices will not only reduce your risk of catching flu, but also the risk of passing it to others
If you trash it, you can kill it Being prepared
You could establish a circle of friends who could help you if you fall ill Stock up on paracetamol-based cold remedies Keep a thermometer handy

The symptoms of the illness are broadly the same as normal flu, but they can be more severe and cause complications that are more serious
Do you have?
A fever (temperature of 38 C or 100.4 F or above) And two or more of the following symptoms? If so, you should seek medical advice immediately

Stay at home You can call the toll-free helpline 108 You can also visit the website and see the swine-flu section
The established protocol is
Visit your GP If s/he thinks you are an H1N1 suspect, he will send you to the nearest public/private hospital of your choice for a screening If the hospital thinks you have H1N1, they will take a throat swab sample If a sample is taken, Tamiflu will be immediately administered Serious cases could be quarantined immediately In case you are H1N1-positive, then hospital or home quarantine will follow Those who have been in contact with you will also be tested

    Most people will respond well to plenty of rest and paracetamolbased remedies. These should help reduce body temperature and alleviate symptoms

The WHO has recommended only Tamiflu as the drug for treatment. Tamiflu is being dispensed to anyone with symptoms suggestive of swine flu. It is not a cure, but may shorten the duration of illness, reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia, and make you less contagious if taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Antivirals are new medicines that don’t kill viruses, but keep them from multiplying. Flu viruses are known to die within a week

These have no effect on the virus that is responsible for swine flu but may be prescribed if you develop a secondary bacterial infection, like severe tonsillitis or a chest infection

Globally, two vaccines are in the pipeline and are in the final stages of testing. They should be ready toward the end of 2009, but bulk orders have already been placed by the United States and Europe. Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has promised an indigenous vaccine by January 2010

What should I do if I am in contact with someone who has swine flu?
Carry on as normal, unless you have symptoms. If you develop symptoms within 7 days of the contact, see a doctor

Should I go to work if I live with someone with swine flu?
Yes, but if you develop symptoms go see a doctor

After swine flu, when should I go back to work or school?
Kasturba Hospital keeps adults for 5 days after they first develop symptoms. Children are usually told to wait for 7 to 10 days after the symptoms begin. Usually, a person should wait for 7 to 10 days to recover. You should stay away from work or school until the majority of your symptoms have subsided

Can I get swine flu twice?
Once you have had a virus, your body develops an immunity to it, so unless there is a significant mutation of swine flu you should not get it again

When will this pandemic end?
It is impossible to predict, but from past experiences the pandemic is likely to continue for 6 to 12 months, after which the virus will circulate as any seasonal flu unless it mutates

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rOhit beHaL:
‘Giloy prevents swine flu effectively'

Giving some tips to prevent swine flu, Yoga Guru and Herbal Specialist Swami Baba Ramdev has said that remedies for preventing and curing swine are available in Ayurveda. He claimed that Swine flu is caused by the lack of resistant power inside our bodies.

Suggesting the formula, Baba said take a one foot long branch of Giloy herb (Amta) and seven leaf of Tulsi. Mix them and extract juice of this mixture in a vessel. Boil this juice and drink it.

This herbal juice will increase body resistant up to three times and prevent infection of swine flu, added the Yoga Guru.

Nilgiri oil
- Meanwhile, the the National Institute of Vairology (N I V) has said: Use Nilgiri Oil drops on handkerchiefs and masks and inhale regularly as one of the preventive measures against swine flu.

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Giloy (Tinosporia cordifolia) / Guduchi :

Giloy is a bitter tonic that is useful for immune diseases and Pitta (inflammatory) diseases. It purifies the blood and effective in fevers thus helps in acne, pimples and other skin diseases. It has also been used to strengthen the system before and after chemotherapy. Giloy has been proven to be effective in inhibiting the growth of bacteria and enhancing the buildup of immune resistance. In a study using human white blood cells Giloy increased the killing ability of macrophages, the immune cells responsible for fighting invaders.

It is a climbing shrub. Barks are gray-brown or cream-white and warty. Leaves re broad, pointed at the tip and having margin. Small flowers appear in summer and fruits in winter. The plant climbing on a neem tree is considered to be therapeutically more useful.

Distribution - It grows in tropical and sub tropical regions up to an altitude of 300 meters.

Part Used - Stem

- Its principal constituents are tinosporine, tinosporide, tinosporaside, cordifolide, cordifol, heptacosanol, clerodane furano diterpene, diterpenoid furanolactone tinosporidine, columbin and b-sitosterol.

Medicinal properties
- It is Ant periodic, Antipyretic, Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory. It is a constituent of several compound preparations. It is used in fever, urinary disorders, dyspepsia, torpidity of the liver, skin diseases, secondary syphilis, rheumatism, constipation, tuberculosis, leprosy and general debility. It is also used in treatment of rheumatism and jaundice. It is a blood purifier and may be useful in AIDS and other immune diseases also. It is also being proposed for cancer patients before and after chemotherapy.

About Giloy

It is Anti-periodic, Anti-pyretic, Alterative, Diuretic, Anti-periodic, Anti-pyretic, Alterative, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory. It is a constituent of several compound preparations.

It is used in fever, urinary disorders, dyspepsia, general debility and urinary diseases. It is also used in treatment of rheumatism and jaundice.

It is considered to be the best herb for clearing the microcirculatory system and other bodily channels (Shrotas). It is especially effective and unique in its ability to remove both exogenous and endogenous toxins (from external and internal sources).

Therefore it is very often included in comprehensive Ayurvedic formulas, since such toxins interfere with all bodily functions and are a factor in almost all diseases. It clears out brain toxins that hinder mental activity.

Indications for use of Tinospora cordifolia herb powder

1. It is a very useful treatment for gout and high uric acid.
2. It is a natural blood purifier and is very useful for skin problems like Acne, Psoriasis, eczema, Lichen planus and others.
3. It is an immunomodulator and is useful for immunity deficient conditions like AIDS and other auto-immune disorders.
4. Our herbal powder Navkarshik Churna contains this herb and other useful herbs for gout.

rOhit beHaL

Thanks for the information.

Different medicines work on different diseases, only by the potency of the Lord. For devotees, love & devotion unto the Lord is the only medicine.

Om Sai Ram

rOhit beHaL:
Tamiflu shows 'a very Rare' adverse Reaction

Nozia Sayyed / DNATuesday, August 18, 2009 3:08 IST
Pune: It, perhaps, is the first case of Tamiflu -- the antiviral administered for Influenza A H1N1 -- showing adverse reaction. State rapid response team member Dr Ravindra Katti has been strictly advised to stay at home for at least a week. Doctors at Sassoon General Hospital have put him on anti-depressants.

Katti, a key government health official engaged in handling the epidemic situation in Pune, has been suffering from severe mood swings, impulsiveness and irritability. Dr AC Mishra, director of the National Institute of Virology (NIV), said this was "a very rare case", hence there was no need to panic. "Before this, we have not come across a single case of adverse reaction to Tamiflu in India," he said.

Katti, who is being treated by Dr Alka Pawar, director of the Pune-based Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), admitted to DNA that he was facing adverse reaction of the drug. "I am very tense. I am on Tamiflu as part of chemoprophylaxis."

Pawar said that Katti had been initially advised to get himself admitted to Sassoon General Hospital. "Later, we told him to remain strictly at home," Pawar said, adding she had a detailed discussion with Dr Arun Jamkar, dean of the Sassoon hospital,and Dr Renu Bharadwaj, head of the hospital's microbiology department, in this regard.

Jamkar said that Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) was known to show neuro-psychiatric reaction to a very small population. "Some others administered the anti-viral have complained of nausea, diarrhoea," he said. Doctors at Sassoon said that Katti had been taking Tamiflu since last Monday.

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New Swine flu jabs may trigger deadly Brain disorder.
The British Government has written to senior neurologists to warn them that the new swine flu vaccine may trigger a deadly brain disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Medical experts have been asked to look out for cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can paralyse its victims, once the national vaccination programme begins.

In its letter, the Health Protection Agency refers to the use of a swine flu vaccine in the US in 1976, when 25 people died from the syndrome, while just one died from flu.
Concerns have already been raised that the new vaccine has not been sufficiently tested, and its effects, especially on children, are unknown.

About 13 million people will receive the jabs during the first wave of the programme, expected to begin in October.
The Health Protection Agency has asked neurologists to monitor closely any cases of GBS as the vaccine is rolled out.
A spokesman for the agency said that enhanced surveillance was “routine”.

“Guillain-Barre syndrome has long been identified as a potential adverse event that would require enhanced surveillance following the introduction of a pandemic vaccine but there is no evidence to suggest there is an increased risk of the syndrome from this vaccine. There is robust evidence that no inc reased risk of the syndrome arises from seasonal vaccination,” the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

“Establishing enhanced surveillance on the syndrome has always been part of our pandemic plan because there is an increased risk of this disease after a flu-like illness,” he added.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “In preparing for a pandemic, appropriate trials to assess safety and the immune responses have been carried out on vaccines very similar to the swine flu vaccine. The vaccines have been shown to have a good safety profile. It is extremely irresponsible to suggest the UK would use a vaccine without careful consideration of safety issues.”

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