Concept of Immunization in Ayurveda
The global awareness of herbal medications has invited serious enquiries to replace the current immunization of Allopathic system. Unfortunately, most of the enquiries are catered by quacks, who has a little knowledge on the Ayurvedic system, giving interpertations from the classical references in misleading way. Prakara yoga described in the classical text of Paediatrics, Arogya Kalpadrumam written by Shri Kaikulangara Rama Warrier, is correlated to the immunization chart. However, the concept of Ayurvedic Prakara yoga is not meeting in anyway the conventional specific disease preventing immunisation scheme. Ayurvedic concept is much broader and not replacing the disease targeted conventional immunization. So its’ better to go through the conventional immunization programme and follow the Ayurvedic prakara yoga as a lifestyle to build immunity and lead a healthy satisfied life.
The concept of immunity is translated in Ayurveda Charak Samhita as “Vyadhikshamatwa” .
Vyadhi-ksamatwa nama Vyadhi bala Virodhitwa
Acharya Chakrapanidatta in his commentary has interpreted the term Vyadhi-ksamatwa as Vyadhi bala Virodhitwa i.e., antagonistic to the strength and virulence of the disease and Vyadhyutpada Pratibandhakatwa i.e., the capacity to inhibit and bind the causes and factors of the disease.
A Prakaram (प्राकारम् in Sanskrit), also spelled Pragaram or Pragaaram) in Indian architecture is an outer part around the Hindu temple sanctum. These may be enclosed or open and are typically enclosed for the inner most prakaram. So Prakara yoga is a protective wall for the child and surprisingly, this medical system has framed the concept almost 5000 years back when life was merged with mother nature and no threats of bateria or viruses where present. The concept and medications selected in this combination are time tested and still relevant in this digital world. The selection of herbs and medium requires detailed research and if done properly, can find solutions for several paediatric and congenital ailments. The author of Arogya Kalpadrumam, Shri. Kaikulangara Rama Warrier, has given the courtesy to Acharya Bhela for the concept of Prakara Yoga.
Prakara iva sathrubhyo ye rakshanthi vapu sisso: |
Prakarayogamsathanhusthan braveemi pridhgvidhan ||
Arogya Kalpadrumam 35/2
Vacha + Tripadika Swarasa 3 drops in the early morning on the vertex from day 2 to Day 7.
Scientific Name: Acorus calamus
Part Used Rhizome
Main Combinations : Manasamitra Vatakam, Kolakulathadhi churna, Brahmi Ghritha, Saraswatharishta, Saraswatha Ghritha
Benefits: Apasmara ( Epilepsy), Smriti Nasha ( Memory disorders), Unmada( Mental disorders) Medhyam ( Brain nourisher).
Properties Laghu ( Light), Theekshna ( Sharp)
Dosha effects: Vata Kapha Samana ( Balancing/ Decreasing)
Scientific Name: Adiantum lunulatum
Part Used: Whole plant
Benefits : Used in Visha ( poision), Wound ( Vrana), Daha ( Burning sensation), Atisara ( Diarrhoea), Visarpa ( Erysipelas), Bhuta graha badha ( Mental disorders), Rakta ( Blood disorders).
Chemical Constituents: 21- hydroxyadantone, kaempferol, quercetin glucosides.
Properties: Guru ( Heavy)
Dosha effects: Vata Pitta Samana ( Balancing/ decreasing)
After 15 days
From Day 15 to day 21
Give Powder of Pachangas of Vilwa ( Root, Bark, Leaf, Fruit and Flower) mixed with Dhathri juice in the early morning for 7 days. The dosage is 125 mg