The short answer to this question is a definite yes. One can strengthen, balance and even boost their immunity through Ayurveda and Yoga. In the Ayurvedic episteme, there are a number of herbs known to perform functions of enhancing immunity. Here are some of them: Ashwagandha: A team of Portland researchers decided to study the effects of Ashwagandha on immunity. Led by a Ph. D scholar of National College of Natural Medicine’s Helfgott Research Institute, the results showed that whole cow’s milk consumed with Ashwagandha, can increase the number of white blood cells in the body. Neem: The recorded usage of neem dates back to as far as 5000 BC, for various agricultural and domestic purposes. A biochemical powerhouse, there is proof that the tree possesses more than 70 different terpenoids or terpenes that are exceedingly beneficial for immunity. Giloy: Recently, the Indian Ministry of AYUSH, Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, cleared 3 ancient herbs for clinical trials to be conducted in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Giloy was one of these herbs. It boosts immunity considerably and is known to cure chronic fever among patients. When speaking of Yoga, it has numerous benefits for immunity that are both direct and indirect. The concept of immunity as viewed by Ayurveda is holistic, connecting the body, mind and soul. Performing yoga, gives the mind, body and soul peace. Consequently, it greatly reduces oxidative stress providing mental stability that makes the immune system healthier. The asanas performed in yoga, though some complicated, elevate the flexible capacity of the body, also assisting weight loss. Having a healthy Body Mass Index is very beneficial for immunity, reducing the chances of contracting unnecessary diseases and infections. Stay safe!
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