Do you have low immunity?
We live in an environment where we are exposed to many unseen unnoticed microbes. Till our immune system is working strong we do not get any symptoms, our body’s fighting mechanism help to keep them away. Once our immune is compromised for whatever reason, that is when an attack from deadly viruses, bacteria or any kind of foreign body causes disease/illness. What we understand immunity in modern medicine is our body fights against the attack of bacteria virus or other pathogens and prevent us from falling sick.
In Ayurveda disease or sickness has two types by an internal factor which is an imbalance of doshas and external factors caused by injuries, or some kind of physical or mental trauma. When our body is not functioning up to a level it gets affected by other factors that are when we tend to get sick. The season also plays a huge role, Autumn and wintertime are consider as a low immunity season.
Symptoms of low immunity
- Feeling tired & Short of breath.
- Highly Stressed
- Lots of tummy upsets
- Frequent infections
- A runny nose & sore throat
- Cough and Fever
What can you do?
Ayurveda usually stresses preventative methods. Ayurvedic perspective is to be mindful and aware of things around you and make wise decisions depending on situations.
- Stay home if you can
- Take rest by going to bed a bit earlier
- Drink plenty of warm water
- Eat fresh home-cooked meals
- Build up your immunity with herbal preparations
- Wash hands regularly.
- Be more mindful around pets
- Avoid sharing meals or household things
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid frozen or leftovers food.
- Do not overexert or over-exercise
- Monitor your symptoms.
In Ayurveda, good digestion and regular bowel evacuation play a very important role in fighting disease. By drinking Detox tea or fresh ginger, a pinch of black pepper, or Moringa and turmeric tea, or Garlic milk helps to build up strong immunity. Mint leaves and fennel seeds are also good for improving digestion and metabolism.
Amla ( Emblica Officinalis), Tulsi (Holi basil), Giloy (Tinospors cordifolia) are some of the herbs which help in building immunity and preventing infection.
Regular consumption of Ayurvedic herb like Triphala, Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Chwyanprash are helpful in strengthening the immune system and boosts the human body’s immunity which is necessary to fight the deadly virus. Eating a tablespoon of Chywanprash every day enhances immunity and may prevent you from catching the illness.
Nasya: This is an Ayurvedic preventative therapy for the upper respiratory system, including nose, sinuses, throat, head. Moisturising nostrils with Nasya oil or 2-3 drops of sesame seed oil not only lubricate the nasal passage and throat but also strengthen the inner mucous membrane to keep the foreign body away.
Pranayam: Breathing exercises also increase building up immunity. Alternate Nadi Shodhan and Kapalbhati are the best breathing exercises in strengthening the respiratory system and restoring balance.
- Ayuspa Detox: Removes Toxins
- Triphala: Gentle bowel cleanse
- Turmeric Golden Milk: Fight infection
- Ashwagandha: Stress Management
- Chyanaprash: Immunity Builder
Posted by Dr Rachna Kumar BAMS
Dr Rachna Kumar graduated in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from India and has continued to develop her skills by attending regular courses in the UK, USA, New Zealand and India. She has practised Ayurveda for 20 years in New Zealand and England. She now offers specialist health and beauty services using Ayurvedic principles for women in Hamilton. www.ayuspa.co.nz