BOOST IMMUNITY WITH AYURVEDA-1

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The whole world has come to a standstill. Everyday, the count of those affected by the dreaded Corona virus is only increasing. In such trying times, social distancing is the only option to keep us safe from the rapid spread of this highly infectious disease. However, there are practical reasons which might force people to step out, such as shopping for necessities, or in the case of those who work in essential services, daily work. How can we protect ourselves from getting affected in such circumstances? Or even if we are at home, it is vital to have a regular intake of healthy food, and take measures to ensure our immune system is working in tip-top form. This is particularly important for older individuals who are highly susceptible to this disease.

Ayurveda provides natural ways in which you can boost your body’s immunity, which can form an additional level of defence against the Corona virus. Ayurvedic medicines, are also extremely effective when used as per directions. A few such Ayurvedic herbs, their usage and advantages are elaborated below.

ATHIMADHURAM/ LIQUORICE

Liquorice is a perennial herb found in Asia and Europe and is an extremely beneficial Ayurvedic remedy. It has a sweetish taste and is both an expectorant and decongestant. This means, consumption of Athimadhuram causes thinning of mucous in the airways, keeping it moist and preventing cough. Any tightness or congestion related issues also see relief with usage of this herb. Most importantly, regular intake of Athimadhuram can improve immunity of the individual, especially against respiratory infections. Since the corona virus affects the throat and lungs Athimadhuram can help raise the body’s defences against any attack of the air passageways and might lessen the severity of any existing congestive conditions.

METHODS OF CONSUMPTION

• Mix 3 grams of powdered Athimadhuram with honey and consume thrice a day (morning, noon, night) *
• Mix 5 grams of powdered Athimadhuram with 200 ml of milk and boil until reduced by half. Consume 50 ml twice a day (morning and night) *
• Make an Athimadhuram tea by boiling it with 150 ml of water; add honey and drink twice a day (morning and night) *

*Consume before partaking meals

BLACK TULSI

Black tulsi is a traditional plant which has many ayurvedic properties. It has a mild peppery taste and can be used to aid the body’s defence mechanism. Black tulsi is a powerful antioxidant and boosts immune response. This plant is also referred to as the ‘Queen of herbs’ in Ayurveda. Black tulsi is an anti-pyretic and can help combat fevers. It also stimulates production of antibodies in the body, which could significantly boost body’s ability to keep infections at bay. Black tulsi, in addition to all these also has anti-inflammatory properties.

METHODS OF CONSUMPTION

• Fresh leaves can be taken from the plant and eaten as is.
• Mix dried black tulsi powder with honey and consume one spoon of this mixture per day.
• Mix crushed leaves with honey and consume one spoon per day.

TINASPORA CORDIFOLIA

Tinospora cordifolia is another Ayurvedic herbal remedy which has several beneficial properties. It is known for being a potent immunomodulatory, which means it can modify how the immune system works and allow it to function faster, and with better effect. It also has anti-toxic properties and can help detox the human body, thereby leaving it healthier and better prepared to manage any infection. Like black tulsi, Tinospora cordifolia is also a highly effective anti-oxidant. Tinospora cordifolia also soothes throat and nose related ailments and eases the soreness. When taken regularly, this gradually increases immunity and helps the body fight off potential diseases.

METHODS OF CONSUMPTION

• Mix the crushed fresh herb with water and drink
• Mix 1/4th spoon of powdered Tinospora cordifolia with honey and consume thrice a day (morning, noon, night)

With such an arsenal of immunity boosting herbal remedies, it is possible to develop more resistance towards any disease or infection, which is crucial during these precarious times. Ayurveda holds the key to improving overall health and lifestyle by adding all-natural herbal solutions to our lives.

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