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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-41

Understanding mental health perspectives of COVID-19 through the lens of Ayurveda

Independent Public Health Researcher, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Janmejaya Samal
At-Panasapalli, Po-Bangarada, Via-Gangapur, Dist-Ganjam, PIN-761123, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_170_20

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Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) is a global public health emergency and has affected more than 200 countries in the world. It was declared as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the end of January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020. In addition to the public health challenges, this pandemic has created another parallel pandemic of mental health problems. Furthermore, the existing mental health problems have also been seen to exacerbate owing to this pandemic. The mental health problems are both seen among the community members and the health-care providers those who are in the continuous forefront of service provision in health-care settings. Ayurveda, the ancient medical doctrine of human civilization, delineates some of the tenets that can be understood and are pertinent to the current situation. Some of these tenets could be useful in mitigating the mental health issues that the current world is grappling with owing to COVID-19. Concepts such as Sadvrutta, Achara Rasayana, Adharma, and Prajnaaparadha hold contemporary relevance in the context of COVID-19.

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