BanglaHunt Desk: The corona virus from China seems to have engulfed the whole world. And to prevent its attack, house arrest, that is, isolation, adherence to social distance, frequent hand washing, bathing with disinfectant — these habits we have gradually acquired. But these habits are not new in India, but three and a half thousand years old. Turning the page on the Indian economy, it can be seen that even before the birth of Jesus Christ, there is a diagnosis of isolation, cleanliness, and even 21 days of house arrest.
It is known that the period of composition of Charak Sanhita is considered to be Gupta period or 300 to 500 AD. There is a section in the third chapter of the airport called epidemic or ‘urban destructive aircraft’. Most of the measures we are taking in 2020 to stop Corona are described there. It is written that ‘Janapada is destructive’ i.e. how to cure a disease that can destroy the whole society.
Not only that, but the verse of Astanga Hridaya, one of the best books on Indian Ayurveda written about 400 years after the birth of Christ, also clarifies the issue of 21 days lockdown. There is written in verse 65, ‘Ekbingsotiratren bisang shamyati sarbatha’. That is, the effect of any poison (germ) decreases on the 21st day. That is, if a patient infected with poison or germ is kept under house arrest for 21 days, he can no longer infect the outside and the poison will be relieved on the 21st day. As a result, the concept of lockdown in today's world is not new. On the contrary, Indian Ayurveda has diagnosed it long ago.
According to Lopamudra Bhattacharya, Acting Principal and Ayurveda Physician at the Bengal Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kalyani, “Charak-Sushruta, the ancient Ayurvedic physician, is now turning to modern medicine. Ayurveda has a tradition of keeping the patient's family separate to prevent epidemics. Not only the Charak Sanhita, but also the Astanga Hridaya has various methods which are especially useful during epidemics or epidemics.
By touching the infected person, by sneezing-coughing droplets, living with him, eating on the same plate, sleeping in the same bed, healthy people will also come in contact with him and get sick. The last verse of the same verse says, “Symptomatic disease is contagious.” That is, the symptoms can spread easily from one person to another. The idea of this social distance is also found here. The thirteenth chapter of the Charak Sanhita deals with three types of immunity (‘bal’ in Ayurvedic language) – balmiti sahajang, kaljang and logic. To get rid of any virus, the body has to use the innate immunity, the immunity acquired with time or age and the immunity acquired through vaccination. Modern doctors say that getting rid of corona also increases the body's resistance to disease.
According to Ayurveda physician and researcher Sujan Sarkar, “Many countries in the world have come forward to prevent corona by resorting to Indian Ayurveda. At one time Charak and Sushruta Sanhita were taught at Nalanda University. Copies and translations of these two texts then spread to China, Tibet and other East Asian countries. So Indian Ayurveda has influence in all those countries. Today, in order to prevent corona, China is also dealing with the diagnosis of those ancient texts. The whole world, including India, is following the same path. The methods that modern medicine is talking about are basically taken from traditional Ayurveda, only modernized in its application. Then it was said to cover the nose and mouth with cloth or cotton cloth, now that is the mask. There is also a provision to bathe in hot water and drink hot water to kill water and airborne viruses.