The Indian Government is openly distributing an Ayurvedic Kadha ( concoction) that claims to reduce the chances of contracting Swine Flu. They're doing this along with the sale of vaccines for Swine Flu.

This concoction has the following recipe:


  • 7 Cardamoms ( Elaichi)
  • 7 Cloves ( Laung)
  • 7 Holy Basil leaves ( Tulsi)
  • 1 small piece of Fresh Ginger ( Adrak)
  • 1/4 small spoon of Turmeric Powder ( Haldi)
  • 1 medium sized piece of Cinnamon (Dal Chini)
  • 1/4 small spoon of Black Salt


  1. Put all ingredients in 4 cups of water.
  2. Boil this till 3 cups have evaporated and you have 1 cup remaining.
  3. Strain this liquid and store it in a glass bottle.
  4. Consume 2 spoons of this liquid for 3 days after your morning ablutions on an empty stomach.

A few blogs also claim that Tulsi is supposed to have anti-flu properties.

  • Not sure about more esoteric ingredients, but at the very least, Cinnnamon and Ginger are both known to be helpful in prevention of URIs in general.
    – user5341
    Feb 15, 2015 at 2:14


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