Swine flu, H1N1 flu or swine influenza is caused by the infection with swine influenza virus (SIV). There are several types of SIV, which are also known as H1N1, H1N2, H2N3, H3N1 and H3N2 and all of them can affect pigs all over the world. However, some of these viruses can be transmitted to humans, under certain circumstances. People working with pigs (farmers, veterinarians and sometimes workers with pig’s meat) are exposed to increased risk of developing swine flu, as well as the people using undercooked pork. Those eating properly cooked food containing pig meat are not at any risk to develop SIV infection.
Symptoms of Swine Flu
Patients suffering from swine flu usually have symptoms almost identical to any other type of flu or some similar diseases. You can expect to experience sore throat, high fever, chills, tiredness, headaches and overall pain in the body. Some patients suffering from the swine flu have reported vomiting and diarrhea, caused by the H1N1 virus.
In terms of mortality, swine flu has been considered similar to other types of flu. In the USA, in every 1.000 of people suffering from this disease, there are 40 people that develop severe form of the flu and who must be hospitalized. According to the statistics, one person to every 1.000 patients dies because of the complications caused by the H1N1 virus, and these are mostly elderly and children patients. This virus is no longer transmitted from infected pigs to humans, but is now affecting only humans and transferring from one infected person to the other.
Cause of death is usually respiratory failure, pneumonia and sepsis. In some cases, excessive vomiting and diarrhea may lead to extreme dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes in the body and death. High fever developed in H1N1 infections can also provoke neurological problems and has lethal consequences.
Conventional medicine recommends anti-viral drugs to treat people suffering from the swine flu, within 2 days of first symptoms. These patients can also receive pain killers and antipyretic medications, and they should be treated for any other medical problem or secondary infection.
Ayurveda Treatments of Swine Flu
Ayurveda recommends various remedies for the treatment of viral infections, especially in cold seasons and winter. These drugs have been used for thousands of years in India, and modern medicine has proven their usefulness in viral infection therapy.
Commonly used Ayurveda remedies for this purpose are: sitopaladi churna, talisadi churna, naradiya laximivilas ras, samirpannaga rasa, chandramrita rasa, suvarna vasanta malini rasa and shwasa kuthara rasa. Ayurveda practitioners also use: khadiradi gutika, lavangadi gutika, classical chyavanprash, haridra khanda, malla sindura and 64 prahari pippali, to treat viral infetcions, including swine flu.