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IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH REMEDIES

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The immune system has several levels of activation:
IntenseAuto-immune disorders, many allergies & sensitivities
Aggravated High fevers
Low ImmunityLow grade / unproductive fevers
LowestCancer
For low immunity conditions, treatment often includes adding heat through pungents. For high immunity activation, treatment often involves clearing heat from the liver using bitters. This is in addition to antimicrobials and immune boosting foods.

Herbal Actions Affecting Immune System

AdaptogenHerbs that promote stabilization of physiological processes and homeostasis. Adaptogens increase the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.
AnthelminthicKills parasitic worms (hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, etc).
Anti-inflammatoryReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
AntibacterialHerbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.
AnticarcinogenicHerbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.
AntifungalHerbs that destroy fungus.
AntimicrobialAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
AntipoisonousAn antidote for a poison. Many anti-poisonous herbs draw out a poison and are good for insect bites. Others help burn it up.
AntipyreticReduces a fever / febrifuge.
AntirheumaticAntirheumatic herbs help to ease and prevent arthritis and rheumatism. Many are also anti-inflammatory, analgesic, detoxicants and blood thinners. Antirheumatic herbs deal with problems involving the painful, stiff, swollen joints, and fatigue.
AntisepticCapable of preventing infection by inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Helpful in infections and for those with weak immune systems.
AntiviralHerbs that inhibit the development of viral infections. Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs, such as eucalyptus oil.
Flushes-membranesHerbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.
Immune-calmingHerbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system, useful in allergies and autoimmune conditions.
Immune-stimulantStimulates and strengthens the immune system. Helpful when fighting off a cold or flu.
Repairs-membraneReduces inflammation and allergen reactivity by restoring epithelial barrier function. Repairs tight cell junction in leaky gut, interstitial cystitis, eczema, asthma, etc.
Rosmarinic-acidInhibits autoantibodies from binding to TSH receptors in the thyroid.
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Celiac disease is an allergy to wheat. Wheat intolerance (the inability to digest wheat) and wheat allergies are different even though the symptoms may be similar. In celiac disease, the immune system attacks the gluten. The symptoms are generally...

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Allergies may be a consequence of chronic underlying inflammation (of the skin, lungs, or digestive tract) that exposes the immune system to allergens. For example, a respiratory infection can cause the immune system to overreact to dust or other...

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Detoxification of the colon is the first line of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in Ayurveda, together with herbs to stimulate circulation in the joint space. Since there is an auto-immune component to rheumatism, the liver should be detoxified as...

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Asthma is chronic inflammation of the lungs characterized by easily triggered spasms of the bronchial tubes. These spasms, inflammation of bronchial tubes, and mucus induce wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Asthma is...

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A fever is a condition where internal body temperature rises above 100.4F. A fever usually indicates a bacterial or viral infection is present. In Ayurveda, the root cause of fever is metabolic waste, or digestive toxins known as

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When the immune system fails to mount a significant response to overcome a pathogen, a low grade fever results. This is known as a wind-cold condition in Chinese medicine. It is caused by an underactive / sluggish immune system, or weak pathogen /...

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The onset of high fever is known as a wind-heat condition in Chinese medicine. It is caused by an overactive immune system, or strong pathogen / stimulant. See a complete breakdown of traditional approaches to fever on the

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Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of infection. In Ayurveda, tissues are most vulnerable to infection when the blood is too sweet and thick (an excess condition), and when there is toxic buildup. Traditional remedies include a light and mildly spicey diet...

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Swollen lymph nodes indicate infection. When lymph nodes are swollen around the hips, it is usually a sign of a fungal infection, parasites, or dysbiosis of organs and tissues of the pelvic floor.A heavy, rich, diet of Kapha provoking foods can...

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Swollen lymph nodes in the neck are a sign of chronic sinus, ear or upper respiratory infection. Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of blood stagnation andmay indicate sweet, thick, Kapha blood.

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Swollen lymph nodes indicate infection and blood stagnation. In the hip and shoulder joints, it may indicate a fungal infection. Sweet, thick Kapha blood or Vata toxicity that becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus.

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The ideal remedy will be analgesic, calm the immune system, reduce inflammation, antimicrobial,and reduce the effect of the poison (anti-poisonous). A plantain or chickweed spit poultice may help to relieve the sting. Essential ols such as mint,...

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Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory bladder condition. It can cause recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms can mimic a

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Hives are a sign of allergy and aggravated Pitta, or lymphatic congestion in aggravated Kapha.

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Itchy skin may be secondary to dryness (Vata pushing Pitta). Skin may be itchy due to cyst formation (Pitta/Kapha type). Skin may feel itchy when sweating, or when heat (Pitta) is trapped in the body. When wounds are healing, the skin is...

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The body releases toxins through the digestion, urine, skin & lungs. Rashes may result when there are too many toxins, or the liver becomes otherwise aggravated. Some rashes may be infectious and require a visit to a medical doctor. All rashes are...

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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.

HOW AYURVEDA WORKS

ARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?

WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?

Ayurveda strengthens the body while opposing disorders. It takes a holistic, systemic approach that looks at the whole body. Ayurveda shows how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using diet, lifestyle adjustments, and herbs. It shows a person how to optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing.

HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?

Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of biocharaceristics (gunas). For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.

On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalanced biocharacteristics. By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.

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