Dubai: As per the reports, 30% of COVID patients experience long-term after
effects of the disease even months after testing negative. The immune system gets severely
compromised; making the body weak and vulnerable thus leading to numerous complications with
persistent long-term symptoms.
In a noble initiative to reduce post-COVID medical issues, Dubai’s Santhigiri Holistic Health Center
launched UAE’s first comprehensive exclusive ‘Ayurveda Post-COVID Care Clinic’ for the COVID long-
Dr. Aman Puri, the Consul General of India in Dubai officially inaugurated the Santhigiri Holistic Health
Center as well as the Post-COVID Clinic and praised the center for bringing the legacy of India’s
renowned Santhigiri Group to the UAE.
Earlier this year, Santhigiri Group, a pioneer of AYUSH medicines and remedies, under the protocols of
India’s AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) Ministry had launched a
similar initiative in India, which has so far benefited over 12,000 post Covid patients in the country.
Commenting on the launch of the Clinic, Mr. Abdullah Ibrahim Saeed Lootah, Vice Chairman of the
Lootah Group of Companies, the group which has brought Santhigiri to UAE said, “It’s our privilege to be
able to offer the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to the patients suffering with the long-term debilitating
issues related to COVID-19. Santhigiri has been successfully running these clinics in India; making a
difference to the lives of thousands of patients.
Now, the people of the UAE can also take advantage of this holistic way of healing and treatment
protocols which are well researched and devised under the supervision of scholars from across India as
well as Santhigiri’s own research wing. They will not only recover faster but will feel completely re-
energized, with an added sense of well-being ensuring overall health and happiness”.
Through its specialized treatments designed by seasoned Ayurveda Practitioners, the Dubai clinic aims
to strengthen the body’s immunity, prevent further illness and discomforts in a more holistic way.
Moreover, the tested methods work on improving agility, increasing absorption of nutrients as well as
boosting metabolic activities, thus enhancing the general health status of an individual.
Talking about the treatment protocols, Dr. Subha Kavile Veettil, Ayurveda Practitioner and Medical
Director, Santhigiri Holistic Health Center Dubai said, “Ayurveda is an ancient healing science which
emphasizes on treatment of illness through lifestyle practices such as massage, yoga, meditation,
dietary changes and natural therapies. The treatments at our post-COVID Clinic are designed keeping
the Ayurveda principles in mind and are a combination of customized dietary, exercise and therapy
regimen. The individualized prescription is given upon thorough assessment of long COVID symptoms
presented by the patient”.
Some post-COVID conditions occur only amongst people who have had severe illness, however patients
with mild illness or no initial impact can also present lingering symptoms lasting days, weeks or months
after being infected with the virus. The recovery period is likely to be longer for patients who suffered
from a more severe form of the disease and those with pre- existing conditions like diabetes,
hypertension and COPD etc.
Chronic fatigue, sleep abnormalities, weakness, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, chest pain,
cough, abdominal pain, stress, anxiety etc. are usually the most common persistent signs of long-COVID.
Santhigiri COVID care initiative offers 7-Day and 14-Day customized programs for the recovering
patients, curated to treat the specific symptoms while enhancing immunity, optimizing health and
For instance, ‘Kashaya Dhara’, a specialized treatment in which the whole body is subjected to streams
of lukewarm herbal decoction is effectively used in reducing joint pain and stiffness. On the other hand
‘Abhyangam’, a full body oil massage augments proper blood circulation helping boost energy levels,
rejuvenating and relaxing the muscles, in addition to improving skin tone, and inducing sleep, whilst the
‘Nadi Swedanam’ technique improves peripheral circulation, controls the blood pressure, relieves body
pain, and reduces swelling.
Furthermore, depending on the physical condition of the patient, customized herbal compresses are
prepared at the center and special full body poultice therapies are performed to assist in the
strengthening of the entire body
Feeling drained and lethargic is quite natural as your body becomes weak after the period of
infection, hence Dr. Abhirami Santhosh, the Ayurveda Practitioner at Santhigiri Holistic Health Center,
Dubai suggests that it is crucial for people to maintain a healthy routine when recovering from
COVID-19. Recommendations include drinking adequate amount of warm water, eating freshly
cooked, easy to digest balanced nutritious meals, practicing meditation, following a daily
exercise routine and getting sufficient sleep and rest.
Additionally, incorporating turmeric, black pepper, cumin, garlic, coriander etc. in the diet can boost
immunity whereas inclusion of herbal teas with cinnamon, holy basil, dry ginger etc. are helpful in
reducing respiratory difficulties. Regular steam inhalations can improve smell and taste sensations in
patients with compromised abilities due to the infection.
Talking about the foods to avoid, Dr. Santhosh highlighted that processed, fried, fast food, unhealthy
snacks, margarines and spreads mustn’t be used in the diet. Solid foods and beverages that are high in
salt and sugar should also not be consumed. Smoking, alcohol and other addictive substances are to be
avoided as well.