Ayurveda: Concept of Immunity and How to Strengthen ItOrganised by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Dr Dharna Tiku (Ayurvedic Physician and Yoga Trainer)
Isolating individuals with infectious diseases from the rest of the community is a concept prevalent in Ayurvedic literature. Such preventive actions to check the spread of communicable diseases as documented in ancient Ayurvedic writings such as the Sushruta Samhita are very similar to the measures being practised today to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In Ayurveda, immunity is defined through three major concepts. Bala or the concept of strength, explains the human body's ability to protect, repair and nourish itself. Vyadhi Kshamathwa or the concept of resistance to illnesses, looks at the immune system's ability to fend off pathogens that cause diseases. Whereas Bala is a product of various body components and functions, Vyadhi Kshamathwa is immune power gained via supplements or medicines used for recovery after the body comes into contact with infectious agents. Lastly, Ojas or the concept of supreme resilience, is the result of physiological transformations that occur in the body as part of tissue nourishment.
Aside from introducing the concept of immunity and preventive care based on the Ayurvedic principle, this online talk by physician and yoga trainer Dr Dharna Tiku will also educate audiences on how they can keep diseases at bay through healthy diets, lifestyles and daily regimes.