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Boost Your Immune System and Stay Healthy with Ayurveda

{written by : Jennifer Beckman}

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The Ayurvedic approach is that the body is kept in balance and the immune system at peak efficiency so that infections and various inflammations seldom manifest. If there is a lapse in balance, then rebalance and ...





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The Ayurvedic approach is that the body is kept in balance and the immune system at peak efficiency so that infections and various inflammations seldom manifest. If there is a lapse in balance, then rebalance and specific herbal treatments may be necessary to bring the body back to health. To stay healthy, the five basic elements of the Universe (Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Ether) need to remain balanced and in harmony within the body. Most illnesses arise because of the imbalance of any one or two of the Tridoshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), which leads to malfunction of the internal organs. Although Ayurveda acknowledges that germs spread infective diseases, the treatment is based on the system of Tridoshas. Ayurveda does not "kill" an infection like antibiotics do but instead it strengthens the body"s immune system to fight disease or infection.

An ounce of prevention is the Ayurvedic doctors" mantra. The causative factors that allow the bacteria to grow have to be removed. Looking at the diet, exercise and stress levels. Stress depresses our immune systems almost over night. Changing our life styles, opting for the right diet and taking the support of an Ayurvedic regime helps us to support and maintain a healthy immune system.

Ayurveda suggests internal treatment. An anti-pitta diet is suggested. Avoiding excessive consumption of tea and coffee, avoiding oily and spicy food, stopping alcohol consumption, etc. are all an essential part of this treatment. Plenty of salads, sprouts, juice from bitter leaves (e.g. neem juice) and some astringents are recommended. Applying herbal packs externally helps in dissolving local infection or purging it out.

Important Ayurvedic herbs recommended in this treatment are manjistha (rubia cordifolium), katuka (picrorrhiza kurroa), neem (azadiracta indica) haridra (curcuma longa, commonly known as turmeric), daruharidra (berberis spp., commonly known as barberry), etc. Most of them are bitter in taste. Kumara (aloe Vera) in the form of medicinal wine (asava) is a good medicine that helps in improving liver function and thus in detoxification. These are all Ayurvedic blood purifiers and help to establish a pitta balance in the body. Ghee (clarified butter) is used internally as well as externally. Laxatives like triphala churna {a powder consisting of haritaki (termilania chebula), bibhitak (terminalia bellerica) and amalaki (emblica officinalis)}, gandharvaharitaki {a powdered form of haritaki (termilania chebula) prepared in castor oil} or eranda tel (castor oil) are recommended because they help in cleaning the bowels.

KEYS TO KEEPING THE BUGS AT BAY!

• Exercise, walk, do yoga, anything, just as long as you get moving and stretching.
• Eat intelligently and take a few supplements to boost your immune system.
• Try to avoid alcohol, smoking, and recreational drugs.
• Rest and relax. Learn to meditate!
• Despite all of our best efforts, life just sometimes lets us down and we get sick. At some point you will decide to see the doctor. Don"t be afraid to ask questions. If your doctor diagnoses you with an upper respiratory infection, sore throat (in which the strep test is negative), bronchitis, sinusitis, or ear infection, and you wonder if you really need an antibiotic, ask if you can treat your condition symptomatically and come back or call in a couple of days if you are not better.
• Take a look at your life-style. Are you getting sick every few months? Are you taking antibiotic after antibiotic and now have a yeast or fungal infection?
• Researchers now agree that a fungus causes most chronic sinus infections. So if you are taking antibiotics stop and go on an antifungal diet instead.
• Remember, if you have to take antibiotics, take the full course. Do no be tempted to stop just because you feel better. Remember those super bugs!
• If you have an understanding doctor, ask if you can take an antifungal medication with your antibiotics. Nystatin is an excellent choice.
• Beware of constipation. Antibiotics kill off your friendly, intestinal bacteria; once you cease taking antibiotics you"ll run a higher risk of infection by other, more hostile bacteria. These bacteria will be quick to find and exploit pockets of debris that could be collecting and putrefying in your intestines if you happen to become constipated. So, be sure to keep your digestive tract as clear as possible until you can repopulate it with friendly bacteria. Psyllium hulls fiber from your local health food store is the best, bulk fiber to use, as long as you don"t have a history of intestinal obstruction.
• Remember to replace the good bacteria in your intestines. Supplement with an acidophilus supplement for at least six weeks following any course of antibiotics. Do not take these simultaneously with your antibiotic, or you will end up with a lot of very dead, albeit still friendly bacteria in your intestines.
• Sugar is your worst enemy. I could write another whole article on this subject! But it should come as no surprise that quantities of sugar will strengthen fungus and bad bacteria and destroy your immune system. Binge and you will surely get sick. This includes huge amounts of orange juice, which contain lots of sugar!

Author Bio :
Written by Jennifer Beckman of the Vedic Cultural Fellowship, where you can study or apply the sciences of natural Ayurvedic Medicine, Hatha Yoga (including the 8 steps of ashtanga), and gem therapy to achieve spiritual well-being. You can also learn to meditate, obtain your horoscope based on Vedic astrology signs, or practice other arts that have their origin in the Vedas. http://www.vedicworld.org/ Balaji Natural Gems www.planetaryjewels.com

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