Acquired Immune deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is a deadly disease that affects the human immune system. Caused by the HIV virus, this malaise progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals prone to infections and tumors.
- -Pain in the muscles
- -Red rashes all over the body
- -Swelling of the lymph and nodes of the affected individual
- -Fever accompanied by throat pain
- -Recurring skin infections
- -Drastic weight loss and intermittent cold and cough
Though the symptoms of AIDS might vary from one person to another, they become clear within six weeks of infection by the virus. Unfortunately, a majority of the victims fail to recognize the symptoms in time and this leads to difficulties in treatment.
However, it needs to be noted that sometimes the symptoms of the ailment do not appear after the person contracts HIV infection. The timing of the appearance of the initial symptoms can vary from one victim to another. It depends on the metabolism and immune system of the affected persons and can range from one to 10 years.
The exchange of HIV-infected body fluids leads to the development of AIDS. A person carrying the virus can transmit it to another person if there is an exchange of body fluid either through infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids or breast milk.
The most common ways HIV is passed on are:
- -Generally, having unprotected sex with several partners increases the possibility of contracting AIDS
- -Sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment
- -From an HIV-positive mother (to her child) during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding (but with effective treatment and care the risk of transmission can be greatly reduced)
People who carry the HIV virus in their body need to stay healthy at all times and can benefit from performing creation exercises and postures. Yogic practices have been found to be effective in healing some of the ailments caused by the virus in the body.
Though AIDS is incurable till date, Yoga helps to alleviate the pain. It is also an effective remedy for other symptoms such as cold and cough.
Though modern science has not found any remedy for AIDS, some Ayurvedic practitioners claim that Indian Ayurveda identified AIDS 2000 years ago. It was termed as the King of diseases or Rajayakshma and is defined in Ashtanga Hridayam.
To stimulate appetite and strengthen the system, preparations like Indukantham Ghritham and Ajamamsa Rasayanam are recommended.
Rasasindoor, made from mercury, is also given later to provide internal strength to the victim.
If the patients start recovering, they are made to undergo shodhana techniques to eliminate toxins from the system. This is done through purgation, emesis and enemas.
After the immune system shows signs of improvement, the patient is given medications that purify the blood.
Patients are made to follow a special non-vegetarian diet meant to impart strength. Bathing with cold water and application of sandalwood paste is also recommended.
Ayurveda advocates rejuvenators and tonics to lift the immunity level of people suffering from this ailment.
Since AIDS is mostly transmitted by sexual means, people need to practice safer sex to keep it at bay. Condoms should always be used during sexual intercourse. While using injections and syringes, a person should make sure they are properly sterilized and not shared by others.
An HIV infected person can lead a healthy life by sticking to a balanced diet and keeping the body fit.
(All the information in this document is well researched but general. To know more about remedies of these diseases please contact your specialists)