Immunity Boosting Kadha
- 6th September 2020
Author,Dr. Pankaj Kumar
Tried and tested immunity enhancer kadha
Since ancient times Ayurveda and Herbal Medicines have had a significant place in our lifestyle.
Even today when most people are relying on allopathy, Ayurveda still holds its vitality and is especially famous in India.
One such popular ayurvedic potion is Kaadha, which is known to be a homemade remedy for almost every disease since ancient times. Earlier the exact mechanism of kadha was not known but it is well established that it helps in many diseases including viral illness.
In this article, we’ll learn if kadha is really an immunity booster or is it just overrated.
What exactly is Kaadha?
Kadha is a medicinal drink that is made by certain organic compounds like herbs and spices. These are generally dry ingredients, therefore they are boiled in water to extract the essential oils and nutrients from them. The resulting liquid is known as Kadha.
How does kadha work?
Kadha is no magic potion. The medicinal properties it contains are simply those offered by its ingredients. There is no single recipe to make a kadha. There are a number of ingredients that can be used in decoction.
Now the question arises, How do we know which Kaadha to make?
Well, the answer is pretty simple, It depends upon the need of the hour. Every organic compound has its own unique characteristics. Different medical conditions demand different healing properties. So this is what becomes the basis of selecting the right ingredients.
Does it help in boosting immunity?
As discussed earlier, It is the properties of ingredients used which makes kadha a power pack drink. When it comes to immunity, Kaadha can prove to be a great natural way of boosting immunity if choosing the right ingredients.
In light of the ongoing corona pandemic, the Indian Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) has recommended daily consumption of this medicinal drink to strengthen our immunity against coronavirus.
The recipe given by them includes:
- Tulsi (Basil)
- Dalchini (Cinnamon)
- Kalimirch (Black pepper)
- Shunthi (Dry Ginger)
- Munakka (Raisin)
- Jaggery (natural sugar) and/or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
|Tulsi||Eugenol, ursolic and rosmarinic acid, apigenin, lutein, ocimumosides A and B||Increases the T helper cells and natural killer cells activity, boosting the immune system|
|Cinnamon||Vitamin K, curcumin cinnamaldehyde, polyphenols, Cysteine, B complex vitamins||Fights inflammation helps ward off infections, cuts the risk of heart disease.|
|Black Pepper||Piperine, oleoresins, alkaloids, manganese, vitamin K||Activation of cellular and humoral immune responses reduces inflammation|
|Dry Ginger||Gingerol, paradols, sesquiterpenes, shogaols, and zingerone||Reduces inflammation, nausea remedy fights cancer, fights bacteria and virus|
|Raisin||Vitamin C, zinc, potassium, magnesium||Reduces inflammation, healthy eyesight, maintains bone health, fights bacteria|
Other medicinal plants for the COVID-19 treatment and boosting immunity
Medicinal plants such as
Tinospora cordifolia - for chronic fever
Andrographis paniculate - for fever and cold
Cydonia oblonga Zizyphus jujube Cordia myxa - Antioxidant for immune-modulatory, anti-allergic, smooth muscle relaxant and anti-influenza activity
Arsenicum album 30 - for Effective against SARS-CoV-2, immune-modulator
Agastya Haritaki - Upper respiratory infections
Medicinal Plants with antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties
Rhus toxico dendron
The plethora of nutrients present in this immune-boosting drink triggers the immune system and keep infections at bay. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of Tulsi mitigates fever, common cold, cough, flu, headache, and sore throat.
While certain chemical compounds in ginger wards off germs and bacteria and the active compound curcumin in turmeric lower inflammation.
Besides these cloves and cinnamon are valued as effective expectorant and pepper bursting with vitamins A, C and K boost the immune system.
What other measures are advised by the Ministry of AYUSH?
Ministry of AYUSH advised few self-health care measures and guidelines for boosting immunity with ayurvedic procedures, like
Drinking warm water throughout the day
Regular practice of Yogasana
Pranayama and meditation for at least 30 min
Intake of spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and Lahsun (Garlic), drinking herbal tea/decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin) - once or twice a day
Application of sesame/oil/coconut oil in the nostrils every morning/evening,
Oil pulling therapy
Intake of chavanprash (10 gm/day)
Golden Milk- Half teaspoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk - once or twice a day, etc.
Additionally, steam inhalation with fresh pudina, clove powder with honey can be taken to fight against dry cough/sore throat