“Swasthasya Swastha Rakshanam” , the very first aim of Charak Samhita and a priority fundamental to understand Ayurveda has in itself the essence of vaccination or inoculation. The dictum ‘prevention is better than cure’ is not a new concept at least for Ayurveda.
Need to vaccinate or inoculate was felt for in modern science since 1800 onwards. Though health and medicine scholars have described vaccination as top then achievements of public health in 20th century yet the opposition to vaccination has existed as long as vaccination itself. There has been enormous criticism against it as old as opposition to smallpox vaccine in England and United States around mid of 1800 resulting in anti-vaccination leagues. Recent controversies regarding the safety and efficacy of DTP, the measles, the mumps and rubella(MMR) vaccines, and the use of mercury containing preservative called thimerosal-has a perception of doubt among community at present. Altough the time periods have changed and good results of vaccination are seen in certain fields at present-wether politically, philosophically or spiritually-the opposition of vaccine have remained relatively consistent since Edward Jenner introduced it.
Ultimatedly there was need to sincerely look towards more safe and beneficiary ways. Ayurveda has the concept of immunization ie. defending body against disease in its basics. Prophylaxis(preventive) approach of Ayurveda is ancient, consistent, harmless and effective. The approach is totally different and gives prime importance to the management of Immunity based on its own philosophy and practice. Ayurveda covers broad spectrum of relevances responsible in occurring of disease such as Sharir, Nij, Kalaj, Deshaj, Sankramaka, Janpadodhvansa, Vishaj, Astanga-indriya artha samyoga, Pragya apradha and so on and not restricting it to categories Agantuj, Janpadodhvansa and few of Kalaj covered by modern immunization. Rest of the communities remain out of scope of modern immunization and vaccination.
Ayurveda gives different principles and methods of immunization along with wide range of immunity increasing herbal medicines. Prophylaxis principles include Nidan parivarjan, Dincharya, Ritucharya, Virrudha ahar, Sodhan kriya, Rasyan management, Agniddeepan, Prakriti etc and even Kulaj which describes safeguards against many congenital diseases. Herbal medication under the taxanomy of Rasayan has in itself to say a lot about immunization. Recently a US patent has been awarded to Serum Institue of India and University of Pune for using Ashwagandha as a vaccine adjuvant. An adjuvant increases the efficiacy of vaccination.
A special Ayurvedic Immunization Suvarnprashan is a safe ayurvedic combination which is beneficial for normal growth and development of a child. It increases immunity, intelligence, prevents recurrent infections, improves memory, concentration and learning ability and thus has a wide positive role in physical and mental development of child. It can be administered from birth to 10 years of age to bestow excellent benefits.
Panchagavya prashan is also concerned with immunization though has essence of ritual fundamental behind it. As a ritual it is practiced once every year during July and August during which the vaccine viraemia is at its peak in cow. Advance mechanism of this concept is as under.
Fresh Cow Dung———- Enteric organisms plus vaccinia virus
Urine ———–Acidic, antitoxic attenuation of microbes
Milk ———-Medium to protech attenuated organisms
Curd ———-Medium to protech attenuated organisms
Ghee ———-Enteric coating
Copper Vessel ———-Isolation Attenution
It works as an oral vaccination and every year a repeat dose can work as a booster dose. There is a need of further research to prove the hypothesis it has IgA.
Thus Ayurveda vaccination has a scope of prevention on larger basis, no side effects or after ill effects, takes care of body, mind and disease equally, rasayan practices can be safely promoted and lastly individual can participate in their own health management instead of being only passive patient.
Arya Ayurvedic Clinic
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Makarpura, Vadodara. Gujarat. India.
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