In Defense of Self

In Defense of Self

Dr Vinayak Dahiwal

Infections are the most common cause of human disease. They range from the common cold, cough & fever to debilitating conditions like chronic hepatitis to life-threatening diseases such as AIDS.

Disease-causing microorganisms that try to get into the body must first move past the body’s external armor, usually the skin or cells lining the body’s internal passageways. The skin provides an imposing barrier to invading microbes. It is generally penetrable only through cuts or tiny abrasions. The digestive and respiratory tracts—both are entry points for a number of microbes—also have their own levels of protection.  Microbes entering the nose can trigger a sneeze or cough reflex to force microbial invaders out of the respiratory passageways. The stomach contains a strong acid that destroys many pathogens that are swallowed with food.

If microbes survive the body’s front-line defenses, they still have to find a way to the underlying cells. These passageways are lined with tightly packed cells covered in a layer of mucus, effectively blocking the transport of many organisms.

Cells with immune function including macrophages, B cells, and T cells, wait for any germ that might bypass the barriers at the surface. The most common disease-causing microbes are bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Each uses a different tactic to infect a person, and, therefore the body’s immune response to these disease-causing microbes is important.

A good immune response not only stops the infection but also prevents recurrence.  This is because, every time an individual meets up with the same antigen, the immune system becomes more equipped to a better response. Immunity can be strong or weak, short-lived or long-lasting, depending on the type of antigen, the amount of antigen, and the route by which it enters the body.

Although scientists have learned much about the immune system, they continue to study how the body launches attacks that destroy invading microbes. In addition, scientists are studying the reasons that direct the human immune response. It is interesting to see that modern research initiatives are also shifting from drug development to validation of the core concepts of Ayurveda.

Traditional know-how about herbs offer the possibility of looking at the complex multimodal nature of Ayurvedic interventions to keep infections at bay.  To site few examples, Curcuma longa with the active ingredient Curcumin assists to enhance immunity in general. Research has shown that curcumin modulates the activation of cell levels involved in host response. The extract of Trichosanthes diocia reinforces the entire immune system to fight against common infections.

Immunrich is one such unique formulation that helps in building a strong immune system. Immunrich aids in maintaining the natural protective barriers. This unique supplement helps sustain a strong immune system through the increase of healthy white blood cells activity thereby resulting in optimum health.

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