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Covid-19 Pandemic has taught us ‘if you have life, you have the world.’ This deadly virus has not only affected the immune system but also cost many lives. Even today, when the Covid-19 vaccine becomes handy, no one is guaranteed protection. As viruses and other pathogens are affecting lives, it becomes more important to have a strong immune system. Luckily, Ayurveda offers several vitamins to boost the immune system. To know more in detail, let’s start with the basics.
The immune system has a special role in the human body. It safeguards the body from germs, harmful substances, and cell changes that can make you unwell. The immune system is made up of various proteins, cells, as well as organs. If an immune system runs smoothly, it makes you healthy, but if it doesn’t or becomes weak, you will get ill.
Immunity is of three different types. These are:
💨 Innate Immunity: This is the first line of defense in the body which includes barriers like mucous membranes and skin. They restrict any harmful substance from entering the body. It includes some chemicals as well as cells that can attack foreign substances.
💨 Active Immunity: Also known as adaptive immunity, it develops, whether you are vaccinated or infected against a foreign substance. This is long-lasting and it can last your whole life.
💨 Passive Immunity: This usually happens when you get antibodies to an ailment rather than making it through your immune system. For instance, newborn babies get their antibodies from their mothers. Generally, individuals get their antibodies from their mothers and get passive immunity through blood products with antibodies.
The immune system comprises several different parts. These are:
The immune system protects the body against harmful or foreign substances known as antigens. They may be viruses, bacteria, toxins, or chemicals. When the immune system recognizes antigens, it attacks them. This is known as the immune response. Antibodies are basically proteins that destroy and attack antigens. When your immune system recognizes the antigens, it sends out the right antibodies so you don’t get ill.
According to Ayurveda, immunity is based on the concept of acquired reserve and inherited reserve. In Ayurveda, immunity is known as ‘Vyadhi Kshmatva.’ It is composed of two different words, Vyadhi and Kshmatva. Vyadhi means illness or disease, whereas Khshamatva means ‘to resist.’ There are three types of immunity in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda offers a wide range of immune-boosting herbs that are quite effective to make the immune system stronger. The major Ayurvedic herbs for boosting immunity are:-
This is one of the most effective herbs with an immune modulator action. The herb offers various properties such as antibacterial and antiviral that fight against various pathogens. It is also the most useful herb to accelerate the immune power of the body while eliminating toxins from the body.
Also known as Vishavabheshaja, this Ayurvedic herb has the potential to fight against diseases and is also a strong stimulant for the immune system. It keeps digestion, strong, and manages toxins in the body. Sunthi (Ginger) is one of the main ingredients of Ayush Kwath or the Ayur AP which was recommended by the Ayush Ministry for boosting the immunity so that we can stay protected from the deadly Covid-19 virus.
Amla is a popular Ayurvedic herb that has been used for various purposes, including longevity and enhancing immunity. Amla is rich in antioxidants and also used in Chywanprash which is known for its immune-boosting properties.
Ashwagandha is a wonderful strengthening herb with a sufficient amount of antioxidants. This herb is quite effective to support the immune system by improving the body’s quality of tissues. When consumed with Bala and Shatavari, it nourishes tissues and helps to build Ojas.
Tulsi is one of the best herbs that acts as a tonic for the entire body. It helps to pacify physical diseases along with mental ones. Tulsi also strengthens and supports the respiratory system and lungs by eliminating excess Kapha. Consuming tulsi daily can prevent recurrent infections and boost immunity.
This is another good Ayurvedic herb for the mind which helps in boosting intellectual power and enhance cognitive skills. As a nourishing herb, it nourishes the brain and heart in order to feed Ojas while improving immunity.
Turmeric Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it is known for boosting immunity and fight infections. It is the best herb for treating auto-immune disorders. Moreover, it also detoxifies the lymph and blood, thus supporting the immune system.
Sitopaladi herb has been used for centuries in order to combat flu and colds. It supports sinuses as well as the healthy functioning of the lungs. Used for treating low digestive power, allergic rhinitis, low-grade fever, it is also an effective herb for supporting the immune system.
Shuddhi Ayurveda presents an Herbal Immunity Pack that is made of three Ayurvedic products. These 30 days pack protects you against harmful viruses and provides relief to a wide range of health issues. The package contains Vish Har Ras, Ayush Kwath, and 32 herbal tea. All the products in the package are made of 100% Ayurvedic herbs and are completely safe for your health.
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