Is coronavirus out break freaking you out? Worry not, because not everyone who contracts the virus will get severely ill. Weaker the immune system, greater is the likelihood of disease severity.
Deaths due to coronavirus are rising across the globe. This brings to light how weaker our immune system is getting day by day thanks to our unhealthy lifestyle. Also, currently, there is no vaccine and treatment available for COVID-19. Hence, improving our immune system against such viral infections is the need of the hour.
Ayurveda, evidence-based medical science describes many medicinal herbs that are known to improve our immunity and overall health. These herbs are not just excellent immuno-modulators but they also exhibit amazing anti-viral properties. Here are 3 wonder herbs to improve your immunity and protect you against deadly viruses.
Guduchi(Tinosporacordifolia)commonly known asGiloy,is a large climbing shrub with beautiful heart shaped leaves and greenish yellow flowers. It is rich in alkaloids and glycosides. It has been proven to possess anti-oxidant, immuno-modulatory, anti-viral and anti-pyretic properties. It is specifically known to activate macrophages, the specialized cells in our body which detect, engulf and destroy harmful microorganisms attacking the body. Giloypowder or decoction prepared by boiling Giloystems in water help to alleviate fever and boost immunity.
Coronavirus primarily affects the respiratory system and what could be better than Tulsi in fighting respiratory tract infections? In Ayurveda, Tulsi(Ocimum sanctum)or Holy basil, is known as the ‘Queen of Herbs.’ This aromatic shrub known for its anti-viral, anti-diarrheal, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-allergic, immuno-modulatory and anti-asthmaticactions can work as excellent health tonic in various ailments. The essential oils present in the plant have the potential to cure lung infections.Its leaves, juice or warm soothing tea can help expel thick mucus, relieve congestion, and also strengthen our immune system.
Yashtimadhu (Gycyrrhiza glabra) commonly known as licorice or Mulethi, is a medicinal herb with sweet roots. It contains polysaccharides that show amazing immuno-modulatory activity on body’s immune organs and cells. It is known to improve overall health. The flavonoids in licorice possess excellent anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its roots or stems when chewed provide relief from a sore throat, cough and other respiratory tract infections as they soothe the irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth by forming a protective film.
These three wonder herbs are a boon in viral infections especially those affecting your respiratory system. They not only improve our resistance to fight against viral infections but also nourish and strengthen us from within.
Hence, they may be beneficial in preventing cough, cold and fever associated with the seasonal viral infection. It is important to understand that not every herb works for every person with viral infections. Hence, discussion with your doctor is advisable before taking any herbal medication.