flu and other respiratory aliments which often resemble swine flu? Use
ginger, tulsi (basil) and black pepper as part of traditional preventive
measures suggested by experts of Indian systems of medicine.
The Jammu and Kashmir government's department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani,
Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) has set up a group of experts to suggest
remedies useful in the prevention and treatment of flu-like diseases.
Participating in a workshop here Monday, the group of Ayurveda experts,
physicians from local government hospitals as well as private
practitioners and from research councils here said that viral epidemics
come under the "Vaata Kaphaja Jwara" discipline of Indian system of
medicine, a release said.
The ayurveda experts have advised some preventive measures for building
immunity and protection from such diseases which are often seen in
autumn and spring with seasonal changes and in moderate climate
"The people should avoid cold food, cold drinks, fruit juices during
these seasons. They should use tulsi, ginger and black pepper etc. These
can be adopted by normal healthy persons as well as those who have mild
cold, cough, body pain etc," one of the Ayurveda experts said.
"The use of these commonly available, centuries-old and time-tested
grandmother's recipes would keep flu and other respiratory infections
away as they build body's natural resistance against such ailments," the