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Immunity Boosting in Ayurveda

Ayurveda has given lot of emphasis on Immunity for healthy living

The Sanskrit word Balam means strength in terms of health. It denotes the strength of mind, body and its components. In Ayurveda, the term Balam invariably means immunity and the immune system in a normal state.

Acharya Susrutha was an ancient Indian physician and surgeon known today as the “Father of Surgery” states that Balam is that factor due to which one achieves

  • Nourishment of Mamsa dhatu (muscle tissue)
  • Ability to carry out different tasks efficiently
  •  Good complexion
  • Pleasantness of voice
  • Clear efficient working of sense organs, body functions and mind.


Here are few herbs and food which enhance your balam (inner strength or immunity)


Herbs: Ashwangandha, Mulethi, Gooseberry, Holy basils leaves, Black cumin, Moringa, Turmeric, Ginger, Marva leaves, Star anise, Giloy

Food: (Vegetables): Broccoli, Carrot, Beetroot, Sweet potatoes.

Food: (Fruits) - Citrus fruits like pineapple, kiwi, oranges, and Indian gooseberry, pomegranate, papaya, Avocado.

Nuts: Dates, jaggery, Chyavanprash, Almonds, Figs, Prunes.


 Ayurveda gives great importance to Balam of an individual while dealing with the prevention and treatment of diseases. The assessment of Balam of a person is important in Ayurveda, because the clinical management, including the treatment procedures, diet, and dose of medicines are always decided in due consideration with the Balam of the individual.

Here is close look at what Ayurveda says to boost up the immunity so that it helps prevent diseases and stay healthy.

Give importance to (Ahara, Nidra & Brahmacharya) - a balanced diet, sufficient sleep,  are the three pillars of health. Follow Dinacharya and Ritucharya - Ayurvedic literature explains the daily and seasonal regimen to be followed for maintaining optimal health and prevention of diseases, Resort to rejuvenate therapies - There are various Rasayana formulations and medicines that help improve immunity which is unique to Ayurveda. Administering the same with a Physician’s advice is highly recommended. Protect your Agni - Digestive fire is the base of your health and longevity and hence give due importance to it by taking care of your diet and lifestyle habits. Avoid Vegadharana – do not suppress natural urges like sneezing, yawning, etc. and practice self-control over negative emotions by resorting to meditation and yoga.

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