Fundamentally, the entire Ayurvedic science is built around boosting immunity and preventing people from getting disease. However, if you’re looking for additional support, there are a number of immune boosting Ayurvedic remedies you can use based on specific health needs. The following formulas are the most popular Ayurvedic remedies to boost immune system function.
Chyawanprash is the most popular, effective and comprehensive Ayurvedic remedy for boosting immunity. Chyawanprash contains a large number of medicinal, immune-boosting herbs. These herbs and spices work together to stimulate agni, nourish ojas, and improve the overall health and functioning of our bodies. Chyawanprash should be taken daily to improve overall health and immunity and is especially useful during seasonal changes, cold and flu season, and times of stress.
Triphala is another useful remedy in Ayurveda for immunity. Triphala contains 3 fruits: Amalaki, Bibhitaki & Haritaki. These fruits possess high levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Triphala helps to strengthen digestion and facilitate healthy elimination. When the body can remove toxins effectively, overall health and immunity is improved.
Sitopaladi and Talisadi
Sitopaladi and talisadi are Ayurvedic formulas that support the immune system and enhance respiratory health. Both support the lungs and sinuses, and help with expectoration for clear respiration. Talisadi contains the same ingredients as sitopaladi plus talisa, black pepper, and ginger to increase pungency and heat.
Trikatu is another traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation for immunity. Trikatu translates to, “three spices,” and is made up of black pepper, long pepper, and ginger. It is a heating blend of pungent spices that help to increase agni (our ability to digest), reduce the kapha dosha, and improve the respiratory system.
CCF Tea is an Ayurvedic tea that’s often recommended as a remedy for digestion. CCF stands for cumin, coriander and fennel. Digestion is foundational to good health so consuming CCF tea before meals can help improve digestive function, thereby improving immunity.
Ama is an Ayurvedic term that describes toxic buildup in the body. According to the Ayurvedic theory of beej-bhumi, ama is like fertile soil in which bugs, bacteria, and other pathogens like to thrive. If you have lots of ama, then you will be more prone to sickness. On the other hand, people with very little ama will be resistant to disease.
Panchakarma is a holistic healing treatment that combines Ayurvedic massage, steam baths, and intestinal cleanses. Panchakarma treatments are great for eliminating ama from the body, as well as stimulating agni to prevent ama from building up again. If you think you have high levels of ama that won’t be fixed with home remedies, consult an Ayurvedic doctor to see if a Panchakarma treatment might make sense.
Keep in mind that with the exception of Chyawanprash, which is a all-purpose remedy for daily use, most Ayurvedic remedies to boost immune system function help target a specific area or condition. Be sure to consult with a practitioner to learn what formulas make sense for you.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)