By Prof. Anand Chaudhary, Head of the Department of Rasa Shastra and Bhaishjya Kalpana, Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
If we go through the crux of the problem, this is the tilt of the nature to make the balance of the universe. When the minds and hence the practices of the inhabitants of this planet go on disturbing the natural rhythms of the earth, air, water and atmosphere and the threshold is crossed, the nature plays her role to restore balance by causing “Janapadodhvansa” i.e. Mass-destruction to compel us to observe natural laws in the form of do’s and don’ts if we are to survive on this planet. Each religion, culture, society and country in this world is well aware of this fact and Indian traditions and spiritual philosophy are rich enough to be practised to make unison of body with nature. In Ayurvedic system of medicine, we believe the dictum” Swasthasya Swasthya Rakshanam, Aturasya Vikara Prashamanam” i.e. to maintain the health status of the healthy and to cure the diseased.
This is “Vasanta Ritu” i.e. Spring Season which is from 19th February to 19th April this year. Flu like diseases are part of this season as there is “Kapha Vriddi” i.e. increased mucus in the body and in the universe also (Yatha Pinde Tatha Brahmande) and if this increased mucus is vitiated, the atmosphere in the body becomes suitable for micro-organisms to enter in the body, they adhere to host cells, invade the cells and colonize in the host tissues, and inflict damage there.
If we are observing the “Vasanta Ritu Charya” i.e. the do’s and don’ts of Spring season and maintaining the body immunity by proper nourishment and purification, we need not to worry because no matter how virulent any bacteria or virus may be, can not cause any harm to our body as the defense forces of powerful body very easily combat their challenge. Immuno-competence is ultimate condition of human body which protects us from infectious diseases.