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Colds and Flu and Tribhuvan Kirti Has

18 Jan 2018   Shanti Gowans

Colds and flu is the body’s way of eliminating mucus. They are evidence of the resolution of conflict. Mucus builds up because of excessive eating or compromised eating habits, lack of rest, overwork, temperature changes, conflict, worry or climate changes as in the change of seasons, principally autumn and spring. To remedy this, eat wholesome foods and get enough rest. At the onset of seasonal weather changes, take hot and cold showers to acclimatise your skin. Short thirty-second blasts of cold will do.

If a cold or flu begins, yake some time off, rest and heal. If you go to work, you bring your germs for others to share. If you take medications, you just put more toxins into your system and the drugs won’t really help because viruses, which are not killed by antibiotics, cause 90% of colds and flu. More often than not, they suppress the condition and drive it deeper into your system, so it can potentially come back later in a more virulent form. Antibiotics also encourage the overgrowth of yeast, which causes more problems.

Of course, if you have a painful sore throat or a cough, see your doctor for a throat swab or sputum culture to see if you have a bacterial and not a viral infection. When you must take antibiotics, always eat plain, unsweetened organic yogurt or take probiotic  to replace the friendly bacteria that the antibiotics kill.


Do not smoke.

Stop all sugar, dairy and gluten to decrease mucus and do not eat heavy foods such as meat and fried foods.

Consume plenty of fruit and vegetable juices and kitchidi, to supplement your Vitamin C, Zinc, Magnesium, Cod liver oil from natural, food sources. Cook with ginger, garlic, onion, chilli, black pepper, turmeric

Take Epsom salts baths, 2 cups in hot water, to open pores.

While you are sick, wash or soak your toothbrush in 3% hydrogen peroxide (that you can get from the chemist), then replace or boil your toothbrush when you recover so you won’t reinfect yourself.

To prevent germs from spreading to other susceptible people, cover your mouth when coughing, avoid the use of cloth handkerchiefs and wash your hands before touching other people or their possessions.

During winter colds wear layers of clothing to encourage sweating, wrap a scarf around your throat and wear a hat at all times to avoid the possible loss of 40% of your body heat. 

Use a vaporizer: mucus can collect at night if the air is too dry.

Do yoga chest tapping to loosen the mucus in your chest.

The Ayurvedic remedy Tribhuvan kirti ras is an Ayurvedic medicine available in tablet form. It is used in the treatment of acute and chronic fever, spleen and liver diseases, and is commonly recommended for influenza, tonsilitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, bronchitis, running nose, sneezing due to allergies and allergic rhinitis.  It also improves digestion power.

Its karma (actions) are kapha-vataghna, it balances vata and kapha doshas, is jwaraghna (brings down fever), swedajanana (induces sweating) and is vedanahara (relieves pain). In high Pitta disorders, it is best adminisgtered with Praval Pishti.

Tribhuvan Kirti Rasa ingredients (ReferenceRasamrit Rasayoga Vijnaniya, 9/80 – 81)

10 g fine powder of each of
Shuddha Hingula, Purified Cinnabar, Ore of Mercury
Shuddha Vatsanabha, Purified Aconitum ferox
Shunti, Ginger (rhizome), Zingiber officinalis
Maricha, Black pepper, Piper nigrum
Pippali, Long pepper, Piper longum
Tankana Bhasma, Borax
Pippalimoola, Long pepper root, Piper longum
Juice extract of Tulasi, Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum – quantity sufficient.
Juice extract of Dhattura, Datura metel, quantity sufficient
Juice extract of Nirgundi, Vitex negundo, quantity sufficient
Fine power of above ingredient are ground with juice extracts, three times each.

Side Effects and Cautions

This medicine contains heavy metal ingredients, hence should only be taken under strict medical supervision. 
Self medication with this medicine may prove to be dangerous, since it contains Aconitum as an ingredient.
This medicine must be taken in precise dosages as per the patient, and for limited period of time, as advised by doctor. Over-dosage may cause severe poisonous effect.
It is best avoided in pregnancy, lactation and in children.
It may cause bradycardia – lowering of heart beat.




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