In Ayurveda, the essence of all Dhatus is called “Ojas” and it is responsible for the defence of human body against diseases (Vyadhikshamatva). In modern medical science, vaccination is done to produce immunity against a disease. Acharya Sushruta, Vagbhata and Kashyapa describe Lehana for this purpose which ultimately enhances immunity. Lehana Karma and Rasayana are done to enhance growth and development by providing sufficient nutrition and promoting health with improving intellect and speech. Rasayana are rejuvenating agents which produce resistance against disease. Different types of herbs and formulations are described in Ayurveda to improve immunity.
Herbs and formulations for Lehan Karma:
- Swarna Prashana: Gold is rubbed on a stone with the help of little amount of water and is administered along with Madhu (honey) and Ghrita (ghee) in Visham Matra (unequal quantity). Swarna Bhasma is administered to newborn babies with drugs like Vacha (Acorus calamus L.), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri (L.) Pennell) with honey.
- Swaran Bhasma with Kushtha (Saussurea lappa Clarke), Vacha (A. calamus L.), honey & ghee; Swarana Bhasma with B. monnieri, Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) with honey and ghee in Visham Matra.
- Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia (Thunb.) Miers.), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal.) and Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica L.) are beneficial to improve immunity.
- Sarasvata Ghrita, Brahmi Ghrita, etc.
Dr. Pravin Masram