Immunity is the main mechanism of host defense against infectious agents.
The body defends itself from infectious agents by battling against it with one’s own immune system. The immune system protects the body from infectious agents that exist in the environment (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) and from other noxious insults.
The immune system has two functional divisions: Passive and Acquired. Both components involve various blood-borne factors (complement, antibodies, cytokines) and cells.
The acquired immune response has the ability to specifically recognise a pathogen (bacteria or virus) and ‘remember’ it if exposed to it again. T-cells (immunity cells) are critical in the recognition of the enemy and the co-ordination of this immune response. In this type, live vaccines are used i.e., the microorganisms are introduced into one’s system. The immune response produces resistance to make sure that in the future we don’t get affected by that particular bacteria or virus.
Active immunity plays an important role in immune responses in the event of re-exposure and our utilization of vaccines.
Passive immunization prevents disease via interaction between the administered antibodies (Vaccines) and invading microorganisms (viruses and bacteria). Passive immunization is able to provide immediate and effective protection.
Depending on the virulence of the pathogen and multiple other factors vaccines are made to be effective with lesser side effects. Immunity acquired or passive works towards resistance to the infection and reduce the consequences of infection.
Triphala constitutes of tannins, gallic acid, ellagic acid and chebulinic acid.
These are potent antioxidants that accounts for the immunomodulatory activity.
· Terminalia chebula (black myrobalan)
· Terminalia bellerica (bastard myrobalan)
· Phyllantus emblica (emblic myrobalan or Indian gooseberry)
This is considered as the tridoshic rasayana which indicates that the energetics are appropriate for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha or all types of patients.
Polyphenols in Triphala modulates the human gut microbiome and thereby promotes the growth of beneficial Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus while inhibiting the growth of undesirable gut microbes.
The top few benefits to your system are:
1) Promotes proper digestion and absorption of food.
2) Has hypolipidemic effects- reduces serum cholesterol levels.
3) Lowers blood glucose levels- fasting and postprandial blood glucose are reduced.
4) Polyphenols prevents oxidative damage.
5) Protects diabetics and those predisposed to diabetes through inhibition of glycation enzymes.
6) Maintains homeostasis of the endocrine system.
7) Boosts your immune system.
8) Prevents immunosenescence (gradual deterioration of the immune system due to increase in age).
9) Increases production of red blood cells and haemoglobin.
10) Relaxes bile duct.
11) People suffering from asthma, dysentery, uterine debility to mention a few also benefit from this formulation.
Ayurvedic physicians (Vaidyas) have been using Triphala for many centuries to cure and help benefit mankind in several ways.