5 Ayurvedic Herbs to Boost Immunity

Considering today’s environment, keeping our immune system strong and healthy is of utmost priority. ​To stabilize the immune system, one needs to increase the ability to fight against diseases by eating a nutritious diet with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, or even artificially designed supplements which are fine immunity boosters.

Let us explore five of the best natural herbs that can boost immunity.

Amla: 

Amla is also known by the Sanskrit name “Amalaki”. Amla has been used in Ayurvedic medicinal practices for thousands of years. Amla is commonly known to contain vitamin C and can be used effectively to boost the immunity of the body. More importantly, vitamin C naturally found within the amla not only helps in stimulating the production of antibodies but is also a great source of antioxidants. Amla also has strong anti-bacterial and astringent properties, which also helps your body strengthen its overall immunity.

Ashtanga’s Amla supplements are:

  • Amla Juice: Take 25ml of Amla Juice and mix it with 100ml warm water. Consume in an empty stomach, twice a day, or as directed by the Physician.
  • ChyavanprasamTake 5 -10 gms two times a day or as directed by the Physician.

Tulsi:

Tulsi is one of those magical Ayurvedic herbs that can benefit just about everyone. This is the perfect time to immerse yourselves in the goodness of a herb that offers you with its divine sattvic energy, lightness, clarity, and warmth. Tulsi has been revered for hundreds of years. The ancient Vedic Puranas even called Tulsi the most sacred plant in the world. Tulsi contains a lot of antioxidants and micronutrients, which helps your immune system by protecting it from damage caused by free radicals. The herb is also known to cure fever, help treat respiratory diseases such as asthma, and help wounds heal faster.

In order to strengthen your immunity with the help of Tulsi, you can take Tulsi supplements.

  • Ayush Kwath Churna: Take 3 grams (1 tsp) of Ayush Kwath Churna to be consumed like tea or hot drink by boiling in 200 ml of water and reducing to 150 ml, once or twice daily, or as directed by the Physician.
  • Rhicanil Capsule: 1-2 Capsules 2-3 times a day or as directed by the Physician.
  • Thulasi capsules: 1 capsule twice a day after food

Aswagandha:

It is a renowned adaptogenic herb, which means it is used to help the body resist physiological and psychological stress by adapting to the needs of the body. Deeply supportive of many tissues and body systems, including the immune system, the reproductive system, a healthy thyroid, and much more, Aswagandha is a wonderful herb to help nourish overall health and well-being. In addition to its dual energizing and calming effect, Aswagandha offers a number of other benefits. ​Aswagandha is widely recognized for boosting the body’s immune system as it is rich in biologically active substances such as amino acids, peptides, lipids, and the bases of nucleic acids. It also helps reduce blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol levels, and reduces the stress hormone.

Aswagandha is one of the 40+ herbs used as an ingredient in Ashtanga’s Chyavanaprasam:

  • ChyavanprasamTake 5 -10 gms two times a day or as directed by the Physician.
  • Aswagandha capsules: Take 1 capsule twice a day after food

Pippali:

Pippali, or Piper longum, is among the most celebrated of Ayurvedic herbs and has been for centuries. Renowned as a unique culinary spice and for its tremendous benefits to the respiratory system, this rejuvenating herb is one of the only heating and penetrating substances that can kindle and stimulate agni (digestive fire) and relieve abdominal discomfort without aggravating pitta.​ ​

Modern scientific research has also shown that they have a number of beneficial properties that are useful for the treatment and prevention of colds, cough, laryngitis, bronchitis, asthma, as well as of a number of disorders of the gastrointestinal and circulatory systems. Pippali is known as “tridoshic” herb as it suits all body types. Thus, regular consumption of pippali in suggested quantities can help you to immunize your body to quite an extent.

Pippali is one of the best herbs included in supplements like:

Pudina:

Pudina is a hardy perennial herb famous for its fragrance and offers several health benefits. The leaves can be used for treating various common ailments especially related to the digestive system. Its Ayurvedic actions have a balancing effect on all the three doshas, it is a cooling herb, with a katu (heating) vipaka (post-digestive taste).

Pudina leaves owing to its carminative properties help in digestion, reduces gas, indigestion, and irritable bowel. It improves oral health by reducing harmful bacterial growth in the mouth, treatment for cough and cold and throat irritation. Pudina is heaped with Vitamins A, C, and B -complex which enhances healthy skin and bolsters immunity.

Enhance your immunity with Ashtanga’s supplement:

  • Rhicanil Capsule1-2 Capsules 2-3 times a day or as directed by the Physician.

Naturally, the immune system plays a vital role in our body as it protects us from diseases and infections against pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and other harmful parasites.​ Well, taking Ayurvedic herbs and supplements can prove to be immensely helpful in our daily lifestyle. ​Ashtanga thus prescribes a balanced diet that will help you to lead a healthy life.

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