Boost immunity: Concerns over ever – lowering immune power has been a cause of concern in this modern age. increasing pollution levels, increasing work and lifestyle related stress, family and relationship tensions, depression, low quality foods, junk foods, aerated drinks, alcohol, certain allopathic medications, smoking, chronic disorders can be quoted as a few factors, resulting in lowered immunity power.
A brief note on our immune system –
Our immune system protects us against threats from micro organisms. These micro organisms consist of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These micro organisms, if enter establish themselves inside our body, then they cause us infection, resulting in disorders like Malaria, Cholera, typhoid, Influenza, etc.,
Our blood contains white blood cells. These white blood cells are the major tool for our defense mechanism. These are produced from the bone marrows (inner soft tissue, present in mainly long bones like (femur (thigh bone), humerus (arm bone) etc. These white blood cells are carried in the blood to specialized organs, where they develop and communicate to launch immune responses against infections (similar to military camps against invading foreign militants).Some white blood cells like macrophages kill the micro organisms by eating and damaging them The B type of white cells (called as B lymphocytes) produce antibodies, which can neutralize/ kill viruses, bacteria or toxic proteins in the blood and other body fluids. The T type of white cells (called T lymphocytes) can trace microorganisms that leave the body fluids to invade cells. Each T killer cell carries receptors for one type of foreign substance, “antigen”. T cells can bind to infected cells and kill them. This can prevent spread of the microorganism within the body.
So, this is a brief explanation regarding how our immune system works.
Ayurvedic explanation about immune system –
Ayurveda describes immunity as the power to defend the body against any disease and also the power to fight the progress of the disease.
Blood and its components, Ojus (a special Ayurvedic physiological entity), Kaphadosha, Dhatus are the contributing factors to immunity according to Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic immune boosting herbs – Ashwagandha, Giloya (Indian Tinospora) and Shatavari (asparagus) are pridominantly used as immunity boosting herbs.
Ayurvedic immune boosting Herbs –
Ashwagandha – immune boosting, anti oxidant.
Guduchi – Immunomodulator