According to the World Health Organization, “Malaria is a deadly disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable.” However, among the 5 species of parasites that cause malaria in humans, 2 pose the greatest threat – P. falciparum and P. vivax.
Fever, headache and chills are usually the first symptoms of malaria which appear 10 to 15 days after the infectious mosquito bite, but can be mild and difficult to recognize. However, if left untreated, P. falciparum malaria can lead to severe illness and death within 24 hours. The most important factor to consider when recovering from malaria is your immunity and although dietary restrictions are a must, adding exercise to your fitness routine will help boost the immune system.
Supporting our claim in an interview with HT Lifestyle, Yoga Master and Spiritual Guru, Grand Master Akshar, shared 5 tips to speed up your recovery from mosquito-borne infectious disease:
1. Vajrasana Pose or Thunderbolt/Diamond Pose
Method: Start by kneeling on the floor and resting your pelvis on your heels. Keep your heels close together by bringing your knees and ankles together and point your feet in line with your legs.
Place your palms on your knees or on your thighs and slightly adjust your pelvis back and forth until you are comfortable. Exhale as you sit up on your legs.
Advantages: Vajrasana not only helps keep the mind calm and steady, but also cures digestive acidity and gas formation, helps relieve knee pain, strengthens thigh muscles, and helps relieve back pain. Exercise helps strengthen the sexual organs and helps in the treatment of urinary problems.
2. Siddha Walk
The process of practicing siddha walking involves tracing the number 8 as you walk from south to north. This direction of walking from the south side to the north in this form of 8 must be done for 5 minutes. After completing the required duration of laps, you must then reverse the direction and walk from north to south for another 5 minutes. It is recommended to practice the siddha walk early in the morning. When you do this regularly for 3 weeks, you will already be able to see the benefits and an improvement in your vitamin d levels.
3. Shakti Mudra or gesture of power
As the name suggests, “shakti” means power and “mudra” means hand gesture. It is a hand gesture that gives strength or power. Shakti Mudra strengthens our immune system. It makes the nerves work properly and the body becomes energetic. The radiance of the face also increases and it reduces sleep disturbances.
Method: First, sit in any comfortable seated position and place the hands with the palms pointing up on the thighs or knees. Adopt one of these postures – Padmasana, Siddhasana, Swastikasana, Vajrasana. Close your eyes and breathe deeply, becoming aware of the breathing process. Now place the thumb on your palm and press it with your index and middle fingers.
Make sure your ring finger and little finger stay straight. Approach your two hands to your chest and touch the ring finger of both hands with the ring finger and the little finger with the little finger. Join the fist of your two hands together. Removing all thoughts from the mind should concentrate the mind only on OM. It must be practiced with both hands simultaneously.
Do not decrease or increase the rate of breathing on your side. Perform this pose for 30 minutes straight every day or for 10 to 12 minutes three times a day. You can practice this Mudra while standing in Tadasana (mountain pose) or while sitting on a chair.
Advantages: Shakti mudra has spiritual, mental and emotional benefits. Shakti mudra is believed to be very beneficial in eliminating stress. Practicing this mudra has a calming effect on the whole body. It offers you lasting peace and stability. If a person’s body is weak, he can infuse him with new strength through the continuous practice of this mudra.
4. Bhastrika Pranayama
Method: Sit in Sukhasan, Ardhapadmasan or Padmasana. Keep your back straight and close your eyes. Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with air. Exhale completely. Now, if you inhale for 6 counts, you must take 6 counts to exhale. Breathing should be done in a ratio of 1:1.
Advantages: It is good for brain oxygenation. It is beneficial for the nervous and motor system. Good for people with depression and anxiety. For the lungs – treats cough, flu, respiratory problems, allergies or shortness of breath.
5. Sufficient rest for recovery
The body, when trying to recover from illness, needs plenty of sleep, rest and relaxation. When you are able to provide this to your body, your recovery journey will be successful and also faster. Stay away from stress and anxiety as this slows down the healing process.