Ayurveda is an age-old system that originated from the Indian subcontinent with practices expanding from herbs to alternate healing, Yoga and much more. The COVID-19 surge has brought all of us to the brink and it is time to be cautious and adapt to new and healthy habits. An Ayurvedic approach to boost immunity and making it a part of your daily routine will do wonders for your well being.
Ayurveda is the science of life that gives the message of healthy and happy living. The concept of Dinacharya (daily regimen) and Ritucharya (seasonal regimen) is the conceptual backbone of this plant-based science, making a perfect partnership between immunity and Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, the concept of immunity is termed as Beej-Bhumi (seed-land) where the land symbolizes the human body and seed is used to indicate diseases.
The Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy) has laid down few guidelines backed by Ayurvedic researches to help boost immunity which are as follows:
Apart from adapting to the above-mentioned techniques, some Yoga Asanas can also help in building immunity too. The most common immunity-boosting Yoga Asanas include:
According to Ayurveda when the body is infected it produces a toxic by-product called Ama which depletes Ojas – the vital energy present in the body. It is believed that negative emotions can also be the cause of depleting Ojas and can therefore give rise to the seeds of infection. Tejas – intelligence of the body – is responsible for differentiating between foreign organisms and healthy cells, and it also helps cells in communication. If the Tejas present in the body is disturbed it loses the ability to distinguish healthy cells and toxins which give rise to autoimmune conditions.
Ayurveda to boost immunity suggests consuming food that will help in increasing Tejas and avoid food that will compile Ama. Some of Ayurveda’s dietary suggestions for better immunity are as follows:
All the suggestions and practices are focused on restoring the lost balance in the body and helping it repair. One does not have to wait to follow the steps until the situation becomes worse; strengthening the immune system is a continuous process that everyone should adhere to.
This article is reviewed by Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma