As in the tradition of the old ways of natural healing, the Lipunan Ng Mga Manggagamot at Manghihilom Ng Pilipinas (LAMMP) is here to guide us while acting like a beacon of light towards the age-old virtues of the “old ways.”
LAMMP is an organization of Filipino anthroposophic physicians, health professionals and therapists who are committed to promoting change through self-knowledge. It is a known fact that within the Department of Health is an agency called Philippine Institute for Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), which recognizes and promotes anthroposophic medicine.
Anthroposophic medicine is defined as “an integrative multimodal treatment system based on a holistic understanding of man and nature and of disease and treatment.”
With the urgent focus on home care for the public, their extensively thorough guide is a must-have for those who seek simple, practical and natural remedies. And why not? Even Grandma knew best when she would rub on your chest that Vicks Vaporub warmed over a gentle candle flame. What did she know that we might have forgotten or was never taught to us over the years?
Here are excerpts of some ways you might find useful in seeking relief from the symptoms of Covid-related illnesses, as well as general malaise caused by the common cold or flu. ( [email protected] ) Note: Mild symptoms can be managed at home upon consultation with your physician. Always consult your doctor first before anything else.
Definition of terms
Name of virus: SARS-CoV 2
Name of disease: Covid-19
A combination of fever, headaches, body aches and pains, cough, colds, sore throat and/or loss of taste and sense of smell, diarrhea, skin rashes, tiredness, chest pain or pressure, difficulty breathing, conjunctivitis, loss of speech or movement (serious cases) If you are experiencing these symptoms, you are advised to have yourself tested for Covid-19.
Hydration. Drink 10 to 12 glasses of water daily.
Nutritious food. Go for whole, fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables, two to three times daily.
Note: Fruits and veggies with indentations like ampalaya, kulitis (native spinach), malunggay, camote tops, root crops like camote, ube, singkamas, gabi, cassava and leafy greens like pechay, kangkong and saluyot
Protein. Sources are fresh fish,
free-range, native or pasture-raised chicken, beef or pork.
Avoid: Processed foods
Sleep. Seven to nine hours of sleep are best with bedtime hours between 8 to 9 p.m. if one will follow the ideal bio-rhythm of the body
Sunlight exposure. Get 10 to 30 minutes of sun exposure for proper vitamin D. Sunlight is also good for mood regulation by stimulating the body to produce serotonin — a brain chemical responsible for a calm disposition.
Rhythm. It is important to follow a schedule regularly. Regular activities promote a sense of order and balance.
Exercise. In moderation.
Keep warm. Avoid ice-cold drinks and air-conditioning that will give you the chills. Your body needs energy to keep you warm. This is the same energy needed to fight infection.
Nourish warm feelings. Keep the heart happy with warm relations and family closeness.
How to treat fever
Foot solution. Calamansi fruit is suitable for bringing relief from fever. Place slices of fresh calamansi (cut in half) on the arch of the foot and on the ball of the foot. Secure with gauze. Leave on for one hour.
Sponge bath. Place one piece of calamansi in a basin of water. Scrape off part of the rind to release the oils. Then cut in half to release the juice. Wet the warm cloth in the solution and wipe the face, ears, neck and armpit but avoid the torso, abdomen and back. Pat dry and keep warm.
Foot bath. In a basin of warm water, place three pieces of calamansi. Scrape the rind to release the oils, and cut up the calamansi. Wash the feet, one foot at a time. Afterwards, submerge the feet in the warm solution for 20 minutes.
For coughs and colds
Steam inhalation. Use hot water with sea salt or your choice of herbal teas. Make sure that the water is not too hot. Test the temperature on the back of your wrist if it is warm and tolerable.
Combination of peppermint essential oils or nine fresh oregano leaves, mashed lagundi leaves and three teaspoons of
non-iodized sea salt.
Drape a towel over your head and inhale calmly for three to five minutes.
Sore throat compress
A hot throat compress is helpful for sore throat. Same procedure to release the oils and juice in hot water. Wet the cloth in the solution.
Wring it well. Place the hot compress on the throat then cover with a dry cloth to tie it around the throat. Leave on for 30 minutes.
Gargle. Get three handfuls of fresh guava leaves, boil in water. Once lukewarm, use as a throat gargle.
For more therapies, go to Covid-19-Home-Care-Guide.pdf.
Stay calm. The body heals faster in a state of calm. Try to overcome your anxieties and fears as best as you can. Listen to praise and worship songs or your favorite music for relaxation, pray and meditate, and do your breathing exercises.
Affirmation: “I am in a healing state of mind, heart and body.”
Love and light.