AIDS Treatment with Yoga

MEANING

As we all know the dictionary meaning, Acquired Immune deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is perhaps the most dreadful disease that spoils our immunity and gradually takes charge of all body systems. The culprit behind the disease is the HIV virus; that decreases the efficiency of the immune system gradually and leaves individuals prone to infections and tumors.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • These include:
  • Severe muscular pain.
  • Skin infections and rashes with redness all over the body.
  • Sore and inflamed lymph and nodes of the patients.
  • Severe throat pain with fever.
  • Skin infections that do not go away and appear again.
  • Severe weight loss and intermittent cold and cough are two prominent symptoms.
Different symptoms of AIDS may appear in different persons, but they become prominent within 6 weeks of infection by the virus. Unfortunately, most of the patients are unable to recognize the symptoms in time and the symptoms become chronic thereby making the treatment difficult. However, in most of the cases the symptoms of AIDS are not manifested after the person contracts HIV infection. The manifestation of the initial symptoms may differ from patient to patient. Body’s metabolic rate and immunity generally affects the manifestation of the symptoms. The tenure of appearance of symptoms can be anything from 1 to 10 years in the effected people.

CAUSES
The transmission of HIV-infected body fluids from the affected person to a healthy person is responsible for transmission of AIDS. A person carrying the virus can transmit it to another person if he exchanges body fluid with that person.

  • The most common culprit is the unprotected sex with several partners that increases the chances of contracting AIDS.
  • The intravenous drug users become easy prey to catch HIV infection.
YOGIC MANAGEMENT
Keep fit and stay healthy… that’s the mantra for the people who are carrier of the HIV virus. Some specific exercises and postures are also beneficial in maintaining health. The good thing is that these asanas can be easily performed at home with minimal supervision. These include:
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana or supported downwards dog posture. Main feature is that he head of practitioner must be supported by a block.
  • Janu Sirsasana, which is head/knee forward bend ensuring that the head is supported with blankets.
  • Halasana or seated forward bend posture using a chair for support.
  • Savasana or supported relaxation pose is also beneficial for AIDS patients.
AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT
Medical fraternity does not suggest any remedy for AIDS, however Ayurvedic practitioners claim that Indian Ayurveda recognized AIDS 2000 years ago. Named as the king of diseases or Rajayakshma and is defined in Ashtanga Hridayam.
  • To improve body strength and induce appetite, preparations like Indukantham Ghritham and Ajamamsa Rasayanam are recommended.
  • Rasasindoor, a mercury preparation, is given to the patients to increase internal strength.
  • If the symptoms start diminishing and patients recover, shodhana techniques are recommended to flush put toxins from the system. This is done through purgation, emesis and enemas.
  • Once the signs of improvement are seen, the patient is given medications that purify the blood.
Patients are recommended to consume special non-vegetarian diet to boost strength. Bathing with cold water and application of sandalwood paste is also recommended.

Ayurveda advises rejuvenators and tonics to enhance immunity level of AIDS patients

CONCLUSION
Healthy and safe sex is what can prevent AIDS to become an epidemic as AIDS is mostly transmitted by sexual means. Condoms are easy way for protection during sexual intercourse. While using injections and syringes, it must be insured that they are properly sterilized and not shared by others. Though the disease is not curable but practically an HIV infected person can lead a healthy life by choosing a balanced diet and maintaining health and body fitness. (All the information in this document is well researched but general. To know more about remedies of these diseases please contact our specialists)

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1 Response to “AIDS Treatment with Yoga”


  1. 1 Viswamitra January 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Your tips are practical and useful. I strongly believe yoga can be immensely helpful not only in managing AIDS but also in preventing the disease throgh practice of clean habbits and leading a controlled life.


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