Introduction- In ayurvedic system of medicines, immunity means ojas which means resilience of body against the disease. Your ojas become strong when your body gets enough nourishment. From ancient times, to enhance the Ojas, acharya promoted the use of Rasayana (Rejuvenation). Rasayanas are agents which produce resistance against diseases, both physically and mentally, for improving overall health. The uses of different types of Medicinal Plants have been described in Ayurveda for improving overall immunity. The more important function of herbs is they helps to cleanse toxins and help to boost our immunity.
IMMUNITY BOOSTING HERBS :- Ginger (Zingiber officinalis):-It is also known as Aadrak or Shunti, It contains the chemical constituent gingerol – an antioxidant that increase our immune system and kill viruses. It is also recommended for many disorders like cold, cough, pneumonia, asthma and bronchitis.
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum):-It is also herb that is favored by Ayurveda. Because of its chemical constituents and antioxidant activity, it can effectively destroy germs, viruses and bacteria and hence it acts like a immunity booster.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):- It is known as Adaptogens which means they decreases stress level. Ashwagandha is the more powerful immune-boosting herbs, which supports the body to adapt and fight stress. It Proves highly useful when you get sick or under excessive exposure to pathogens.
Amla (Emblica officinalis):- It is one of the rich sources of vitamin C and also has properties that enhance the immune system. Drinking Amla juice on an empty stomach in the morning which helps in boosting our immunity. After sunset amla is not recommended.
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa):- The curcumin which is the chemical constituent present in turmeric has properties that improves immune system. It also helps the people with chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, asthma, etc. Drink turmeric milk. You can add turmeric in your food to increase immunity.
Mrs. Harshita Jain, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Career Point University, Kota