The global epidemic has increased awareness of the idea of immunity. When compared to people with a weak immune system, persons with a robust immune system recover from illnesses more quickly. In Ayurveda, immunity is also referred to as “Vyadhikshamatava,” which describes the body’s capacity to fend off and combat illnesses. It is sometimes referred to as “Ojas.”
Ojas is thought to be the body’s main immune-system component. These cells travel throughout the body with the help of blood, constituting the body’s defence system. It is the first organ to form following zygote creation (sperm-ova fusion), which triggers the emergence of all other bodily parts (dosha, dhatu, updhatu). The most pure form of our assimilated and digested food is called ojas. It is responsible for our creation, for our existence, and for our demise if it is destroyed. Because of this, maintaining our Ojas, or boosting our immunity, also known as “Bala” in Ayurveda, is our top priority.
According to Acharya Sushruta, immunity offers us healthy muscles, energy for all kinds of activity, glowing skin, and a loud voice. It guides the intellect and our five senses (Indriya) toward their appropriate tasks.
It is clear that not everyone possesses the same degree of immunity. Despite taking all necessary precautions and adhering to the proper routines, some people regularly fall sick and are more susceptible to infections than others. The Ayurvedic understanding of immunity can answer concerns about the nature of any illness, whether it be acute or chronic, treatable or incurable.
Types of Ayurveda immunity
1) Sahaj bala, also known as intrinsic or inherent immunity.
2) Kalaj bala, or as appropriate for the time of day, age, and season.
3) Yuktikrata bala, also known as acquired immunity
1) Sahaja bala: An innate, recognisable trait of a person that has existed in the body since birth. It results from a situation when the doshas and dhatus are in balance. As our dhatus develop, so does our intrinsic resistance to disease. An infant may be born with a disease, be severely weak after birth, or be allergic to a certain substance. This results from a genetic flaw in the parents’ makeup that cannot be fixed but can be avoided later with appropriate treatment, decreasing the likelihood that the future generations would inherit the same anomaly.
2) Kalaja bala – This is based on the time of day, the current season, and the individual’s current age. In comparison to the rest of the day, we feel more energised in the morning, and nearly as worn out at night. After childhood, when physical strength is at its peak, old age is when it is at its lowest. Ayurveda has this lovely theory that the changing of the seasons affects immunity (shadaritu). Our immunity is considered to be at its peak in the winter (hemant and shishir), moderate in the autumn and spring (vasant and sharad), and weakest in the summer and rainy season (grishma and varsha).
3) Yuktikrita bala: Building strength relies on a nutritious diet, exercise with good form and rest in between sets, and the use of ayurvedic remedies like Rasayana and Vajikarana, which are antioxidants and immunomodulators. These formulations invigorate the body and restore deficiencies in damaged dhatus, improving overall body performance. As a result, combining a healthy diet with regular exercise and nutritional supplements can increase one’s acquired immunity.
All of the aforementioned types’ compactness suggests that the body and mind are in good health.
The following are the main overt and covert elements that affect the development or deterioration of human immunity:
- The equilibrium of our internal doshas.
- Desha, Bhoomi, and our Deha Prakriti (natural, predominating body constitution) (place of birth, work, living). For instance: An area and body with a Kapha dominance tend to have a stronger immune system than one with a Vata dominance. The Agnibala (digestive power).
- Appropriate contact between the patients’ sense organs (gyanendriyas, karmendriyas, and mana).
- Harmony of Ojas (the essence of our Dhatus or body tissues).
- A well-balanced diet can help with these factors.
- Yoga and more workouts.
- Adequate nutrition for the mother throughout pregnancy and the newborn kid.
- Harmony of emotions.
- Stability of finances.
- Positive karma
- A joyful social atmosphere.
- Using Rasayanas, an Ayurvedic remedy.
- Early disease detection and effective treatment can shield the body from harm.
- Including natural immunity-boosting supplements in regular activities.
Keep in mind that our State of Mind, also known as our Mansika Doshas, can have a big impact on how we feel; in other words, a healthy mind keeps a healthy body.
Antibiotics kill an infection, however ayurvedic remedies do not. Instead, by advocating internal healing, it helps the body’s immune system battle infections.
Several natural methods for boosting immunity
- Gargling with lukewarm water and a pinch of salt or turmeric powder first thing in the morning.
- Consuming lukewarm water first thing in the morning with nothing to eat.
- Taking Beleric Powder, also known as Baheda Powder, after meals with honey or warm water. Colds, illnesses brought on by allergies, and constipation all benefit greatly from it.
- Consuming warm water and ashwagandha powder before bed.
- Cooking using organic mustard oil.
- Adding a dash of cinnamon powder to milk, tea, or coffee before drinking.
- Due to seasonal variations, use of honey and ginger powder during allergic reactions.
- Consuming warm water and triphala powder before bed.
- After meals, consume amla powder diluted in warm water.
- Refraining from drinking alcohol and smoking.
- Incorporating herbs and spices into the diet, such as bay leaves, turmeric, tulsi, black pepper, and ginger.
Any of the aforementioned treatments are thought to be beneficial to health when used in moderation, but excessive use can also be dangerous.