Most modern diseases are caused by prolonged
exposure to a combination of faulty lifestyle, food habits and
toxic environmental factors. Chronic stress has a vital role in
There are three types of immunity which protects our body from
Innate immunity - this type of immunity is present at birth and
provides the first barrier against microorganisms which causes
infections. Everyone is born with innate (or natural) immunity,
a type of general protection that humans have.
Adaptive Immunity - it is the second barrier to infections and
acquired later in life as - immunity after an immunization.
Passive immunity is "borrowed" from another source and it lasts
for a short time. For example, antibodies in a mother's breast
milk provide an infant with temporary immunity to diseases that
the mother has been exposed to. This can help protect the infant
against infection during the early years of childhood.
Everyone's immune system is different. Some people never seem to
get infections, whereas others seem to be sick all the time. As
a person gets older, he or she usually becomes immune to more
germs as the immune system comes into contact with more and more
of them. That's why adults and teens tend to get fewer colds
than children - their bodies have learned to recognize and
immediately attack many of the viruses that cause colds.
The higher mortality rate is observed due to
AIDS, it is the best example of immune disorders.
In Ayurved it is known as Byadhikshamata "OJA", and described
two types as Par and Apar Oja.
Disorders of the immune system include:
Symptoms of Lack of Immunity
Recurrent infections from cold & cough
Lack of energy without any pathology
Easily trapped by diseases
Less power to fight against diseases
Easily tiered and over stressed
Herbs which is useful :
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum):
in particular is a very good herb because it has both
anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It can boost one’s
immunity and also rejuvenate after a bout of illness. Not only
can it help boost your immunity level, but also help you
Amla (Phyllanthus emblica)
Amla , or Indian gooseberry, is a popular fruit that has long
been valued for its rejuvenating properties, according to
traditional Ayurveda. Preliminary evidence suggests that amla
may help boost the immune response, presumably due to its
vitamin C content.
Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia):
The plant is used in Ayurvedic rasayanas to
improve the immune
and the body's resistance to infections. The bitter principle
shows antiperiodic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and
properties. Stem decoction for oral use. Giloy is helpful for
counteracting infection and promoting resistance to illness.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is one of the main herbs for promoting ojas and
rejuvenating the body. It is a well known semen promoter and
it treats impotency and infertility. It increases physical
endurance and improves sexual function.
The strong anti stress properties include both mental and
physical stress and exhaustion. Furthermore, this test
indicates the low order of toxicity of the plant, supporting
the Ayurvedic view that it is safe for long-term consumption.
It has also exhibited antibacterial and antifungal activities
in a raw or unprocessed state and it has antibiotic effects. It is used in many general tonics and
preparations, such as Chavana Prash.
Neem (Azadirachta indica):
It is used in Ayurveda for skin disorders, pimples, diabetes,
tumours, obesity, arthritis, viral fevers, jaundice and as a
blood purifier. In order to increase immunity of the body,
neem leaves are also taken internally in the form of neem
capsules or made into a tea. The tea is traditionally taken
internally to reduce fever caused by malaria. This tea is
extremely bitter. It is also used to soak feet for treating
various foot fungi. It has also been reported to work against
termites. In Ayurveda, neem leaves are used in curing
neuromuscular pains. Chewing of 8-10 neem leaves early in the
morning for twenty-four days protects the body from diseases
like diabetes and hypertension. The body also becomes immune
to skin problems by this medication.
Diet that helps :
Patients should drink fresh water, milk , buttermilk, sugar
cane juice and easily digestible foods.
One should follow his own consense & follow the right path.
The following natural urges should not be suppressed:- passing
of flatus, defecation, urination, sneezing, weeping, vomiting,
breathing when fatigued, thirst, hunger, sleep and coitus.