Category: Allergic Rhinitis

How can Ayurveda kick allergy out of the body naturally?

Allergy and Ayurveda:Overview

ALLERGY’ is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to certain substances which it misidentifies as harmful. This overreaction of the immune system is called an ‘allergic reaction,’ and the substances which trigger such a reaction are called ‘allergens.’

An allergy or allergic reaction generally manifests itself in the form of some commonly-occurring disorders of the skin and respiratory system. These disorders include eczema, hives, asthma, hay fever, and food allergies.

AYURVEDA’ is an ancient, holistic (whole body) system of medicine, which is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The core concept of Ayurveda is that an equilibrium of the body’s three fundamental bio-elements or ‘Doshas’ —Vata, Pitta, and Kapha — leads to good health.

The main aim of Ayurvedic medicine system is to prevent the occurrence of diseases and to promote health and well-being. To achieve this aim, Ayurvedic experts mainly depend on the use of herbal formulations to treat diseases naturally, and also recommend dietary and lifestyle changes to patients suffering from different disorders.

Herbal Remedies for Allergy

Ayurvedic Perspective of Allergies

According to Ayurveda, allergies are generally a result of an excess of the Kapha and Pitta dosha, or the earth and fire elements. Ayurveda believes that the main causes behind the occurrence of allergies are accumulation of toxins and low immunity.

More specifically, the Ayurvedic viewpoint of allergies is that ‘genetics’ is the primary reason that causes an individual to suffer from allergies. These are considered to be a result of the one or all of the following conditions:

  • Weak agni (digestive fire)
  • An individual’s state of vykruti (imbalance)
  • The presence of ama (undigested or poorly digested food which turns toxic and interferes with the bodily processes).

The management of allergies naturally with the help of Ayurveda involves the diagnosis of the root-cause of allergy for every individual patient, and its subsequent treatment.

How Ayurveda can treat allergy naturally?

Ayurveda can effectively kick allergy out of the body naturally with the help of herbal formulations which can cure different types of allergies by:

  • Detoxifying the body by eliminating toxins.
  • Strengthening the immune system.

In addition, Ayurveda practitioners also suggest some necessary modifications in the diet of patients suffering from allergies.

More specifically, Ayurveda is beneficial in treating Vata, Pitta and Kapha types of allergies in the following ways:

Vata allergies

  • According to Ayurveda, Vata allergies are caused because of dryness, and their symptoms mostly include dry cough with, insomnia and anxiety.
  • To cure Vata allergies,Ayurvedic practitioners recommend that patients should drink tea made from ginger root (Zingiber officinale) 4-5 times a day, and also inhale sesame oil.

Pitta Allergies

  • These allergies cause excessive heat in the body, and are associated with symptoms like burning eyes, rashes and loose stools.
  • Ayurvedic cure of these allergies involves the consumption of tea prepared from Neem leaves (Azadirachta Indica), and also a mixture of warm milk and half a teaspoon of turmeric (Curcuma Longa) powder. Moreover, patients are also asked to inhale coconut oil 2-3 times a day.

Kapha allergies

  • These allergies are developed due to moist, humid conditions and their symptoms include slow digestion, and mucus production.

Management and Treatment of Allergies

  • For relief from these allergies, Ayurvedic experts recommend that patients should drink one glass of warm water with half teaspoon of liquorice (Mulethi or Glycyrrhiza glabra), after every meal. Another method of treatment is to take half a teaspoon of ‘Sitopaladi’ churna with honey, three times a day.
  • Other than the above-mentioned Ayurvedic treatments for different types of allergies, there are some excellent herbs which are considered to be extremely beneficial for relief from allergy in general

The widely-known anti-allergy herbs include:

  1. Haridra (Turmeric Rhizome -Curcuma Longa)
  2. Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
  3. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  4. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  5. Shirish (Albezzia lebbock)
  6. Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica)
  7. Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  8. Bharangi (Clerodandrum serratum)
  9. Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
  10. Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)
  11. Vaasa (Adhatoda vasica)
  12. Anantmool (Tylphora asthmatica)

Ayurveda can effectively treat allergies in a natural manner if the patients follow some strict guidelines with regard to changes in diet and lifestyle habits, along with taking herbal formulations. In specific, patients suffering from allergies can gain benefits from Ayurvedic treatment if they remember that:

  • Heavy foods — like meats, nuts, sugar, dairy products, and processed foods — should be avoided
  • Iced beverages should be avoided
  • Plenty of warm water should be consumed throughout the day
  • Eating habits should be altered, so that the lunch is a hearty meal while the dinner is a light meal
  • Exercise should be made a part of daily routine, for stimulating agni and eliminating ama
  • Yoga breathing practices should be tried in order to relax the body and the mind
  • Adequate sleep should be ensured
  • Intense stress should be avoided because it can aggravate allergies
  • Herbal oil massage should be done to improve blood circulation and eliminate allergy-causing chemical toxins.

In addition to the above-mentioned guidelines for allergy management, there are also some other Ayurvedic approaches to treat allergies. These approaches are listed below:

  • Use a Neti pot once or twice a day, with a weak saline solution and distilled water, to reduce the heaviness of Kapha.
  • Practice ‘Nasya’ (nearly one hour after using Neti pot) by dabbing some sesame oil spiked with eucalyptus/camphor in both nostrils
  • Practice a daily ‘Pranayama’ routine which should include Kapalabhati (skull-polishing breath), Dirgha (three-part breath), Ujjayi (ocean-sounding breath), and Bastrika (bellows breath)
  • Take a Kapha-reducing diet that includes warm, light, natural, and cooked foods which can be easily digested
  • Increase the use of ‘warming’ spices — like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, and cumin — in cooking

Conclusion:

  • Ayurveda can kick out allergies from the body in a safe and natural manner. However, it is advisable that people suffering from allergies should have their allergy diagnosed properly, and should consult a  registered Ayurveda practitioner for guidance related to the best diet plan for them, as well as the use of the most suitable herbal formulations to cure the allergy.

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How to Get Rid of Allergic Rhinitis in Ayurveda?

Introduction

Allergic rhinitis means you get allergic symptoms in your nasal passage. Allergic rhinitis is of 2 types, it can occur in a particular season called seasonal and can also happen the whole year, you sometimes get cured, but it returns soon after, it is called perennial. In such allergies a person can’t breathe normally. The allergies that occur in a season are caused by the pollens, which come from grasses, trees and weeds, also from fungi and moulds. The perennial allergy is caused by house insects, cockroaches, fungi, moulds and animal dander or it is caused by your genetics. Treatment for perennial allergy is a little difficult.

These allergies occur when allergens (allergy causing substances) get in touch with your nose, ears and throat. When these come in contact with your nose, these stimulate the cells and persuades them to release the chemical called histamine, which is responsible for causing allergy.

Allergic Rhinitis

What are the Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

  • Nasal blockade
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy eyes, nose or throat
  • Runny nose
  • Puffy eyes or ‘allergic shiners’
  • Post nasal drip
  • Tears

These symptoms may occur during a particular season or for the whole year long. It doesn’t concern on how old you are. You can become more prone to allergies, if your family has an allergic history. There are certain factors that make you more prone like:

What are the causes of Allergic Rhinitis?

  • Air pollution
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Chemicals
  • Colognes
  • Cold temperatures
  • Fumes
  • Hairspray
  • Humidity
  • Wind
  • Perfumes
  • Wood smoke

What are the Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis

What is The Ayurvedic concept of allergic rhinitis?

  • According to Ayurveda allergic rhinitis is due to an imbalance between Vata and Kapha doshas. The idea of Ama, Asatmya and virudh aahara (wrong foods) also cause the allergic conditions. Ama is the product of weak digestion and impaired metabolism. It leaves its impression on rasa and Rakta dhatu leading to a clear display of pratisaya. Wrong food combinations give a lift to allergies, which happen like having fish with milk, milk with fruit juice, honey with clarified butter, lemon with milk and having ice cream after meals.
  • Ayurveda believes in that the 3 doshas of the body, Vata, Pitta and Kapha should be perfectly balanced and treats the allergies like a disease. It cleans the sinuses, flushes out the phlegm, throws out the dosha that is disturbed after detoxification is done in the whole body. To permanently settle this issue, some dietary alterations and life style changes are mandatory. It also makes the immune system stronger. panch-karma is an effective way of curing allergic rhinitis.

Nutritional Tips:

  • Better eat light foods and drink lukewarm water. Kapha nashaka foods like saindhav salt, less spicy food, legumes, soups etc.
  • Avoid eating the heavy foods, processed foods, too hot or too cold foods, non-vegetarian foods, junk foods, lower the intake of sweets, yogurt, banana, deserts, cakes, yellow grams and ice-creams.
  • Totally say no to alcoholic drinks and cold beverages.

How to treat allergic rhinitis in Ayurveda?

  • If the allergic symptoms are acute and in deep rooted conditions, Vamana Panchkarma treatment becomes inevitable, after that it is followed by Virechana healing. This healing helps to relieve Ama and balance the Tridosha.
  • If the allergy victim has normal digestion, Nasya treatment (nasal drop therapy) is done with some herbal oils like Indian Valerian (Valeriana wallichi), ginger oil, Licorice ,Glycyrrhiza Glabra and Bhringraj (Eclipta Alba) Juice
  • When the Panchkarma treatments are over, certain remedies are given to the patient to enhance his/her respiratory immunity and strengthen upper respiratory canals.
  • The seasonal allergy is acquired during your course of life. Plenty of seasonal reactions or sensitivities that the person starts feeling the sensations during any age, can be the triggering factor behind such type of allergies. Such types are very easily dealt and cured.
  • Both type of allergies are treated differently. In the perennial allergy that happens from the birth, the correct identification to what caused this allergy is necessary. If the allergy happens to be by a food than it becomes very easy to avoid that particular food and control the allergy. But if the allergy is not due to a single food or item, it might create asthma later, then it is a serious matter. Such allergy needs a professional help and has to be healed in a holistic way. Ayurveda has remedies that can cure such allergies.
  • In Ayurveda, throwing Ama out of the body is the main process to cure allergies, as it weakens the immune system and it fails to adapt seasonal changes. Thus a weak immune system can invite many other infections to cause multiple diseases.

You can seek the help of an Ayurvedic doctor for rhinitis allergy treatment. We provide Allergy Care Pack that consists of 4 herbs that are effective in treating all kinds of allergies.

How to treat allergic rhinitis in Ayurveda

Which are Best Herbal Remedies offered by Planet Ayurveda?

Aller-G Care:

  • It contains a poly-herbal formula that is effective for all kind of allergies, including pollen allergy. It contains the herbs Haridra, neem, shirish and ashwagandha, which together help remove all kinds of allergies.

Tulsi Capsules:

  • Tulsi plant has a holistic approach with the Hindus. It is given as a remedy to rectify many diseases. It is best for sore throat, cough, cold and viral flu. It can be given to the persons having asthma. It also helps in controlling diabetes and can reduce the symptoms of cancer.

Praanrakshak Churna:

  • It also takes care of various allergies, especially in rhinitis, sneezing, It contains the herbs known as vassa,  shirish, anantmool, dalchini, mulethi, kantkari and bharangi.

Curcumin Capsules:

  • All types of allergies are cured by this effective remedy. It can also cure your digestive troubles, keep a check on cancer and sooth your arthritis problems.

All these 4 packs are prepared only after scrutinizing all the ingredients that are used to prepare it, in a modern lab. Every ingredient is tested and only those are accepted that come from organic trees, plants and herbs. These are proving to be very effective on a number of patients. A renowned Ayurvedic doctor keeps his/her watchful eyes on the whole process and these products are sent abroad to many countries. All are authentically herbal and vegetarian with no side effects.

Ayurveda regulates a well-planned execution detox schedule that happens at the end of every season. It helps in flushing out all the toxins that have accumulated in the previous season and are causing all these allergies and if we ignore them, these turn into severe diseases. Ayurveda just vitalize and rejuvenates your immune system so that no infection ambushes your body and you enjoy the life in a healthier way.