The immune system is body’s defensive mechanism that fights against infections. Immune system is made up of special cells, and organs that are present throughout the body. Lymphocytes also known as the White Blood Cells (WBC) are the key players in the immune system. The immune system restricts entry of infection-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi and thus prevents illnesses. However, when the immunity is compromised the body loses capability of protecting you from infections. Immunity can be affected due to several reasons such as unhealthy lifestyle, stress, genetic disorders and ageing.
Ayurveda, which is the oldest surviving medicinal system, has suggested few therapies to increase the body’s natural immunity to disease.
Ayurvedic treatment for immunity
Regular Abhyanga improves the circulatory and lymphatic system of the body thereby enhancing the immunity. It is also known to stimulate the production of lymphocytes that play vital role in maintaining strong immunity.
Padabhyanga stimulates some vital points on feet and stimulates internal organs. This helps in expelling the toxins out from the body. This special Ayurvedic herbal foot massage stimulates the production of white blood cells that play a very vital role in immunity.
Takradhara (includes Abhyangam)
As an Ayurvedic treatment for improving immunity, takradhara is performed along with Abhyangam. The massage used during this process, stimulates the internal organs and improves blood circulation. The Ayurvedic body massage also stimulates production of white blood cells, which play a vital role in maintaining immunity.
Ksheerdhara (includes Shiroabhyanga)
It relaxes the central nervous system and this creates mental calmness to reduce stress. Since stress is associated with low immunity. This stress management therapy is important.