LAHORE - As soon as dengue spread, various ways to cure the epidemic also surfaced. Although medical science has yet not been able to produce any definitive medicines for prevention and treatment of the deadly disease, but there are other ways to tackle the epidemic. Some people may have been profiteering out of the epidemic but curing through exercises and preventing through a simple plastic bottle trap costs nothing at all.
Yogis claim that yoga had the power to save people from dengue. According to followers of the non-violent ideology, dengue attacked people because people were addicted to harm each other. Regular sessions were being conducted to create awareness among the masses about curing dengue through yoga. Famous Karachi-based Yogi Wajahat participated in one of such sessions to teach Lahoris techniques to prevent and cure dengue. His tips included some herbal treatments, a few breathing and posing exercises, and a magical net that he claimed would prevent mosquitoes from approaching people.
And not to forget his flying insect trap, which was really amazing. Wajahat advised wearing khaki and dark coloured clothes to keep mosquitoes away. In diet, he said, low fat foods and less use of sugar should be maintained for the epidemic seasons for reason, he described, fats and sugar caused such chemical reactions in body that cause mosquitoes to get attracted to people. Eating fruits with peels and fresh vegetables were the best natural defence against all diseases, he suggested. The yogi also advised taking ‘neem’ products to create immunity against poisonous insects. He said the fragrance of basil tree was the natural mosquito repellent. Lahore could get rid of the deadly dengue by mere growing a black basil tree in each house, he claimed. When recovering from diseases, the yogi said, use “munaqqa” (dried grapes) to energise the body.
After giving plentiful of herbal tips, he came to the fever management through breathing exercises, which he claimed would help normalise the temperature of the body. Under this subject, he taught two exercises, including cool breathe and alternate breathing. The earlier was useful to lower high temperature and blood pressure while the later was used to balance the body in both cases of low or high temperature. A dengue patient might not be able to perform the exercises in actual poses but it could be done in any way, as the main purpose of controlling the temperatures was accomplished with mere breathing only, he told.
The yogi also focused on creating some positive energy in the body by sitting in specific yoga poses. There was no disease, which mental power could not cure. He turned towards the mental exercises portion. Describing different kinds of mental exercises, he said that visualising was recommended by yogis to fight a disease. Through mental powers, one could put a shield across oneself to prevent mosquitoes, Wajahat claimed.
Naming it “Yogi Jala” he said that a person could shield his home or office and mothers could conceal their children from mosquitoes or whatever they wanted through their mental powers. Sit in a relaxing pose, close your eyes, check the space around you moving hands in space and start imagining a fiber taken from God and knitting it around yourself and that was it, you are shielded, he said, explaining the procedure.
The last tip was his self-designed mosquito trap made with a neck-cut bottle. Cut a bottle through the neck, put the inverted upper part inside the open side of bottle and wrap around a black paper and the mosquito trap was prepared. A cup of water with brown sugar dissolved in it and a bit of yeast to attract the flying insects should be included in the trap, he said. The yogi also claimed a ring tone of special frequency could cause mosquitoes to disappear. The tone could be found on the Internet with the name of a mosquito repellent tone. Finally, he concluded with an exercise of yoga by playing a soothing tone on Buddhist Ball, which he claimed relaxes the nerves by washing away all thoughts from the mind.