Spice –up your immunity this winter!

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Winter or ‘shishir Ritu’ is the best season of the year to work on boosting your body’s immunity. Our digestion, energy and stamina are at their zenith in winter season. Also, for those who suffer from  poor health due to imbalance of dosha (energies) and dhatu (tissues); winter season is the most ideal season to reinstate your internal balance, strengthen your digestion, natural detoxification processes of the body and immunity.

Lowered immunity and dysfunctions of immunity can give rise to a plethora of diseases. Various respiratory, nasal (hay fever) and skin allergies, food allergies, asthma,  rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, eczema,  thyroid disorders, certain fertility related disorders like anti-sperm antibodies and an endless list of dis-eases  can hold roots in our body, due to  weak immune system.

Ayurveda has put focus on many therapies, as well herbs that strengthen our immune system.  Nature of therapies and herbs, depends on the body type of the individual, as well as on the nature of his/her disease.

Depending on  diseases of the immune system, the Ayurvedic herbs that can be used especially during winters to strengthen immunity are:

Ayurvedic Immunity boosting herbs for people with Respiratory allergies, allergic rhinitis i.e.Hay fever, asthma

  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  •  Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum)
  • Amruta (Tinospora  cordifolia)
  • Shirish (Albizzia lebbeck)
  • Shunthi (Zingiber officinale)
  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
  • Yashtimadhu (Glycerriza glabra)
  • Pushkaramula (Innula racemosa)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Triphala

Ayurvedic Immunity boosting herbs for  people with Joint disorders, rheumatoid arthritis

  • Amalaki (Emblica officnalis)
  • Shunthi (Zingiber officinale)
  • Amruta (Tinospora  cordifolia)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Rasna (Vanda roxburghii)
  • Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Triphala

Ayurvedic Immunity boosting herbs for people with Skin allergies, eczema, psoriasis

  • Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa)
  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
  • Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia)
  • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)
  • Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus)

Ayurvedic Immunity boosting herbs  for people with Food allergies

  • Amruta (Tinospora  cordifolia)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
  • Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa)
  • Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)

Ayurvedic Immunity boosting herbs  for people with HIV and other immunodeficiency diseases

  • Mandookparni (centella asiatica)
  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Supari (Areca catechu)
  • Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)
  • Jamun (Eugenia jambolana)
  • Ashoka (Saraka indica)
  • Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)
  • Yashtimadhu (Glycerriza glabra)

These herbs are not just mentioned in Ayurveda; their immune boosting properties have been established by means of thorough scientific research as well. They can be taken as a single herb or as a synergistic blend depending on the body type, age, digestive capability of the individual etc. Consulting a qualified Ayurvedic physician is very important before taking any of these herbs.  It should be kept in mind that the efficacy of herbs depends on how accurately it compliments your system and how perfectly it customized to suite the needs of your body.

 

 

 

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One thought on “Spice –up your immunity this winter!

    Abhi said:
    November 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    hi

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