We now live longer, but we’re also weaker than our ancestors ever were! We are more
dependent on medicines and medicinal development has helped us live longer but not
We think we’re doing so much for our immunity and yet, we fall short! Are we doing something
For answers, we should turn to the most trusted ancient science – Ayurveda.
Vyaadhiksamatva, (or Immunity) is a much written about aspect of health in Ayurveda. It is not
just immunity against specific infectious viruses or disease-causing pathogens rather Ayurveda
implies that Vyaadhiksamatva is resistance against the loss of integrity, proportion, and
interrelationship amongst every person’s bio-energies (doshas) and tissues (dhatus). This
harmonious relationship amongst the mind and body is called dhaatusaamya, which is widely
accepted truest meaning of immunity in the world of Ayurveda and it also highlights immunity as
an intricately interwoven concept of nutrition, Agni (digestive fire), and tissue formation.
OJAS – THE AYURVEDA SECRET TO IMMUNITY
According to Ayurveda, Ojas is the prominent energy which pervades all tissues and cells and is
the main determinant of our immune health and thus our resistance to disease.
AYURVEDA RECOMMENDS RASAYANA TO BOOST OJAS
Acharyas have always encouraged the use of Rasayana to enhance ojas and vyaadhiksamatva.
Rasyanas are health-promoting and rejuvenating agents which help your body build resistance
against diseases. Ojas is responsible for good health and strong immunity and rasayanas are
highly regarded as ojas promoting herbs in Ayurveda.
Rasayanas are employed in Ayurveda to enhance the quality of life, promote ojas and
vyaadhiksamatva, and eventually boost your immunity. Here’s a beginner’s list of rasayanas that
armor your body to stabilize ojas and boost your immunity.
TOP RASAYANA MEDICINES, FOODS AND PRACTICES & RASAYANA SUPPLEMENTS
Chyawanprash – A delicious Ayurvedic jam that builds immunity. Melt it into hot water to make a
lovely evening or daytime hot and sweet immunity tonic.
Shilajit– A dense mineral supplement that brings vigour and power to the body, a classic
Rasayana and Aphrodisiac medicine in Ayurveda.
Ashwagandha and Shatavari – Ayurvedic herbs that can be taken in tonic form, used for building
plasma and keeping the entire body strong and protected.
Brahmi – The herb for the longevity of our mental health.
All plants classified as Aphrodisiac – Not only bringing energy and blood to the sex organs but
most often bringing stamina to the entire body, especially Amazonian Botanicals such as
Chuchuhuasi and Clavo Huasca.
All plants classified as Adaptogenic – Helping us find balance form the internal and external
stressors we live with daily.
Vitamin D – like all living things, we need direct contact with sunlight to live long healthy happy
RASAYANA FOODS AND DRINKS
Ghee– Plenty of good fats to keep the body and mind well lubricated into old age.
Know your Prakriti – Knowing what foods make you thrive will help you fall into your ideal diet
Eating smaller amounts – Scientifically connected to longevity
Restorative Yoga – This active yet passive yoga practice just might be the most underrated anti-
ageing practice there is, especially for women on the go.
Yoga Nidra – This is Brain yoga and is another underrated passive, yet active practice.
The Value of Ayurvedic Dinacharya – Dinacharya is fundamental to Ayurvedic longevity and is
the commitment to a daily self-care routine in accordance with Ayurvedic guidelines. This would
classically be self-oiling, tongue scraping, meditating and committing to eating at set times and
not staying up too late.
Abhyanga – warm oils applied to the skin nourish tissues and build immunity by protecting the
Sleep – lack of sleep is inflammatory and affects blood vessels.
Remember classical Rasayana is practised after a DETOX because the clean body is more
receptive, a clean slate that you build a strong foundation upon. Detox your body twice a year
and then reap the rewards of yearly Rasayana practices.
For best advice and guidance on knowing your body prakriti and determining what rasayana
practices to follow, it’s best to consult an experienced ayurveda practitioner.