Your Body Works in Harmony Like Elements in Nature
There is a theory of immunology in Ayurvedic tradition called “beejbhumi,” which translated from Sanskrit means “seed and land.” According to these teachings, the body is the land. Infections or “bugs” are the seeds. When your nutrition and lifestyle are not in harmony with your body type, the body fills up with Ama: metabolic toxic buildup. At the same time, your Ojas (the immune supporting sap) is lowered. When these conditions are present infections will find the body to be fertile ground to grow and spread.
Everyone is more susceptible to illness when the seasons are changing, such as in the fall and early spring. This is because the body functions differently in each season. In the transition between the hot and cold seasons the Agni, or digestive fire, can start to fluctuate dramatically. If you do not adjust your nutrition and routine accordingly and follow the Ayurvedic guidelines for seasonal transition you can build up Ama, which is a fertile ground for disease. Then it is easy for a cold or flu to sprout.
Rasayana Herbs Help with Stress
Ayurvedic medicine has many rejuvenating herbs, traditionally known as rasayana, which improve health, immunity, vigor, vitality, and longevity, as well as protect against stress.
Rasayana herbs are specific adaptogens. These adaptogens can be general, organ specific, season specific, or age and sex specific. The beneficial actions of rasayana herbs have been scientifically proven through experimental as well as clinical studies. Rasayana herbs keep enzymes in the cells in their normal state of function. These cells are revitalized and their composition is changed. Tranquility of the mind is also promoted, which helps combat the process of aging.
A special branch of rasayana that deals with rejuvenation of the nervous system and the brain is called medhya rasayana. Medhya literally means “intelligence enhancement,” or in other words, “brain tonics.” Withania somnifera (ashwagandha), Centella asiatica (gotu kola), Bacopa monnieri (bacopa) and Mucuna pruriens (macuna) are considered nerve and brain tonics.
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