Amit Shah recovering well from swine flu: Here are 5 Ayurvedic home remedies for H1N1 virus

BJP President Amit Shah, who got admitted to AIIMS, is recovering well from swine flu. Here are 5 Ayurvedic home remedies for H1N1 virus infection.

New Delhi: Swine flu, or H1N1 flu, is a respiratory infection that is highly contagious. It is caused by an influenza strain that started in pigs and can be spread primarily from person to person. Swine flu made headlines when it was first detected in April 2009 in a 10-year-old girl in California. Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah got to admitted to AIIMS on Wednesday for swine flu treatment. Shah is said to be recovering well and would be discharged soon.

The signs and symptoms of swine flu are very similar to those of regular flu and include – fever, headache, chills, sore throat, runny nose, coughing, body aches, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting, etc. Swine flu is treated with antivirals and fluids. Generally, patients can recover on their own without medication. According to Ayurveda, there are certain herbs and spices that boost your immunity and help protect against various disease and infections.

Ayurvedic home remedies for swine flu

Holy Basil

Holy Basil or Tulsi is an excellent remedy for all sorts of health problems, including bronchitis, cold, cough, fever. It is claimed that the herb can effectively fight flu and help combat viruses and bacteria.


Ginger is a potent spice with many medicinal and culinary uses. It helps relieve gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, cold and flu. Since ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, it has been used to treat inflammatory conditions.


Loaded with antioxidants, lemons are used for almost everything, from flushing the kidneys to shedding those extra pounds. In fact, lemons hold a vital ingredient for most home remedies to treat a cold or flu. For instance, drinking a cup of lemon tea and honey can help relieve throat pain from cold or flu.

Indian gooseberry

Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is believed to have beneficial effects on respiratory infections, including swine flu. A great source of vitamin C, Amla can strengthen the lungs and immunity.


Turmeric has been used for centuries in India as a spice and medicinal herb within Ayurvedic medicine. It is claimed that curcumin, a biologically active or medicinal compound in turmeric powder, has powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Research showed that curcumin reduced viral replication by more than 90 per cent in laboratory cells infected with influenza virus.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.


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