Abdullah Ibrahim Lootah, Vice Chairman, Lootah Group of Companies, and Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai.
Dubai: As part of an initiative to reduce medical concerns after COVID-19, the Santhigiri Holistic Health Center in Dubai has launched the UAE’s first comprehensive, exclusive “Ayurveda Post-COVID Care Clinic” for COVID long-distance drivers. The holistic health center was designed by Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai, bringing the legacy of the prestigious Indian Santhagiri group to the United Arab Emirates for the first time.
Earlier this year, the Santhigiri Group, a pioneer of AYUSH drugs and remedies, had launched a similar initiative in India under the protocol of the Indian Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) which claims to be benefiting more from it than 12,000 post-COVID patients in the country.
The best Ayurvedic care for COVID-19 patients
Opening the clinic, Abdullah Ibrahim Saeed Lootah, Vice Chairman of the Lootah Group of Companies, which brought the Santhigiri Group to the UAE, said: “It is our privilege to offer the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to patients suffering from long-term debilitating problems in the UAE Connection with COVID-19. Santhigiri has successfully operated these clinics in India; changing the lives of thousands of patients.
Now people in the United Arab Emirates can also benefit from this holistic healing and treatment method, which has been well researched and developed under the supervision of scientists from all over India and Santhigiri’s own branch of research.
About the treatment protocol, Dr. Subha Kavile Veettil, Ayurveda practitioner and medical director of the center: “Ayurveda is an ancient healing science that emphasizes treatment through lifestyle practices such as massage, yoga, meditation, diet changes and natural therapies. The treatments in our post-COVID clinic are designed taking into account the Ayurveda principles and are a combination of tailored nutrition, exercise and therapy. The personalized prescription is issued after a thorough assessment of the patient’s long-term COVID symptoms. “
Fourteen-day to one-week treatment protocol
The treatment protocol addresses health issues such as chronic fatigue, insomnia, weakness, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, chest pain, cough, abdominal pain, stress, anxiety, etc. are usually the most common and persistent signs of COVID.
The Santhigiri COVID Care Initiative offers seven- and 14-day bespoke programs for the recovering patients, curated to manage the specific symptoms while boosting immunity and optimizing health and functional outcomes.
‘Kashaya Dhara’, for example, is a special treatment in which the whole body receives a continuous stream of lukewarm herbal decoctions in a steady flow for a few minutes. This technique is used effectively to reduce joint pain and stiffness. On the other hand, ‘Abhyangam’, a full body oil massage, promotes proper blood circulation, helps boost energy levels, rejuvenates and relaxes muscles, improves skin tone and promotes sleep. The ‘Nadi Swedanam’ technique improves peripheral blood circulation, controls blood pressure, relieves body pain and reduces swelling.
In addition, depending on the patient’s physical condition, individual herbal compresses are made in the center and special full-body wrap therapies are carried out to strengthen the entire body.
Hydration, diet, medication
Feeling drained and lethargic after a COVID-19 infection is very natural. Therefore, Dr. Abhirami Santhosh, Ayurveda practitioner at the center, COVID patients to stick to a healthy routine. Recommendations include drinking enough warm water, eating freshly cooked, easily digestible, balanced, nutritious meals, practicing meditation, following a daily exercise routine, and getting enough sleep and rest.
In addition, including turmeric, black pepper, cumin, garlic, coriander, etc. in the diet can boost immunity, while including herbal teas with cinnamon, holy basil, dry ginger, etc., helps in reducing breathing difficulties.
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