24 May, 2019
Ayurveda is one of the most revered forms of ancient Indian medicine. It is known for it usage of herbal resources and a mix of properties complying to different body types. Most people look for digestion as well as immunity in Ayurvedic medicines owing to its natural medication. But how can Ayurveda help us with immunity?
Ayurveda And Immunity
Ayurveda is a part of Atharvaveda (one of the 4 vedic texts), and there is no such direct reference of the word ‘ immunity’ in our authentic texts. However, there is a mention about- roga- pratikar-shakti, which when you understand is the ability to fight against a disease. Ayurveda emphasizes time and again that the ‘ jathra agni ‘ is responsible for once digestion and absorption, which is hence, clearly one of the many factors controlling our immune system.
A lot of people look into Ayurvedic texts for improving digestion, which can help them in boosting their immune system. This also implies that if you want to amp up your immunity, working towards building a healthy digestive system may be a great idea.
Herbs for Immunity
Some of the known spices that we usually underestimate include raw dhaniya, kadipatta and adrak. All of these food items are usually found in our kitchen, but the medicinal properties seem to be unknown. According to Ayurvedic Expert, Shruti Mani, here are 3 herbs that you usually find in every kitchen that can help you with your immunity:
1) Coriander: Coriander or dhaniya is commonly used in our day to day cooking. It has properties that improve digestion and boost our immunity. Given the heat in this season, it’s juice mixed with sugar can also help manage heat stroke and in cases of burning urination. People suffering from burning in their chest region due to gastritis or once with bleeding piles should consider adding dhaniya in the form of chutney or like a juice.
2) Curry Leaves: Curry leaves or kadi patta is one of the most commonly used herb in Indian cooking. Remember how your mother would put kadi patta in almost all the sambars/ chutneys/ curry and you would pick them out of the dishes saying it was bitter? That’s where you went wrong!
According to Ayurveda, it has very good properties to boost immunity, and it also helps in cases of vomiting and nausea. “Simply, chewing 5 – 10 kadi patta helps in bringing down nausea and dizziness. It also works well in case of indigestion and promotes hair growth. This can be used in tadka or else made into chutney and inculcated in our food,” added Shruti.
3) Ginger: Adrak, is another one such forgotten medicine, which is very useful. Adrak is comparatively hot in potency as compared to its dry form. It is one choice of drug in severe indigestion, abdominal bloating and menstrual cramps. According to Ayurvedic experts, freshly grated adrak juice, around ten drops if administered via naval (put ten drops in naval), helps in easing abdominal pain, menstrual cramps and severe bloating. It can be used in suggested quantity in food or beverages like tea, or also can be consumed like a diluted decoction.
Ayurveda, in principle as well in practice professes that there is nothing that can be followed as a ground rule for everybody. What may prove to be a magic potion for me may not necessarily be good for you. Therefore, it must be understood that these should be added in adequate quantity and used in daily cooking.