Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

BENEFITS OF ORGANIC HONEY IN ALLERGY

HoneyHoney is one of the healthiest animal products available today. It is a sweet fluid produced in beehives by the honey bees that are housing in it. There is a tedious manufacturing process involved behind the production of this sweet appetizing fluid honey.

Honey is an ancient household product that has been used in a number of food recipes, desserts, mock tails etc. It is a great natural sweetener that is highly nutritious and is considered better for use in comparison to all other sweeteners natural as well as synthetic.

ORGANIC HONEY

Nowadays, due to the widespread contamination of the farmlands and harmful methods of farming for obtaining maximum produce at cheaper rates, most countries have set up standards for producing high quality organic food products that have been grown under strict government rules.

Guidelines for organic farming varies from country to country and are mainly aimed at ensuring best quality of food production which is not contaminated by any pollutant or pesticide. Regular testing of the food and close monitoring of the whole process is done right from cultivation until it reaches the supply in the market. The products that go through this stringent process are thus labelled as organic.

Organic honey is one such product formulated under stringent guidelines and is said to have a superior taste and nutrition quotient as compared to the ordinary varieties.

Raw honey is said to contain a substantial amount of the pollens of the plant from which it is obtained. As a result, it becomes extremely harmful for people who have a weak immune system and are thus prone to allergies. Therefore, organic honey should be the preferred choice as it is free from any such allergens that are naturally present in raw honey.

HOW HONEY CAN BE BENEFICIAL FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?

Before discussing the awesomeness of organic honey, let us first get into the depth of how honey can be beneficial for people with allergies. Honey is a natural sweetener that has a soothing effect on the body. It has great anti –inflammatory properties that make it extremely beneficial in wound healing, burns, cuts, and other inflammatory conditions affecting the human body.

It counter balances the inflammation producing substances in the body which are secreted at the time of an allergic reaction e.g. Prostaglandins, histamines etc.

Honey is a tremendous anti –microbial, anti –inflammatory and tissue healing agent. Be it any kind of allergic reaction seasonal, dust or pollen grain allergy, honey directly acts on the histamines produced by the body in response to an allergic reaction and neutralizes them helping the person to achieve better control over the symptoms.

Realizing the importance of honey in the field of health and medicine, a proper therapeutic branch has been made called as APITHERAPY that deals with the usage of honey as a nutritional substitute and as a therapeutic natural remedy.

Ayurveda texts have immense matter that explains why pure Honey (Organic honey available nowadays) or Madhu has a wide therapeutic spectrum in the natural treatment of many diseases. There are eight types of honey mentioned in Ayurveda namely, Bhramara, Makshika, Pauthik, Kshaudra, Chathram, Ardhyam, Oudalakam and Daalam. These are used in the treatment of various disorders according to their individual therapeutic properties. Other than this, it is also said that the properties of honey greatly vary depending upon the place of origin, the source of bee hives and the flowers from which the bees collect their nectar for producing Honey.
herbal remedies for allergyAccording to Ayurveda, the cause of developing an allergy is an accumulation of “Ama” or toxins in the body and a vitiated Kapha dosha. Honey has its activity against the kapha (Water body humor) dosha and also has a detoxifying action on the body. It not only expels out all the harmful toxins but also strengthens the immunity to catch any such infection.

Thus, we can say that regular use of pure honey can be a boon to the people suffering from serious allergic conditions or are simply prone for developing one. Since, purity of raw honey is questionable, it is advisable to use organically prepared honey for external as well as internal use.

Ayurveda for Hallux Rigidus

Hallux_Rigidus

Hallux rigidus as the name suggests involves stiffness and limitation in function of the big toe joint between the first metatarsals and the phalanges of that foot.

It is a slowly progressive degenerative disease that involves increasing difficulty to flex the toe joint. It commonly affects people in their 30 s to 60 years of age and is more commonly found in women than in men.

Formation of osteophytes or bone spurs is considered to be an aggravating factor for this condition.

There may be a history of any trauma involving the condition. But it also occurs independently in many people. .

The gap between the metatarsophalangeal joint is gradually reduced in this condition with an aggravation of the condition involved.

AYURVEDIC POINT OF VIEW

From the Ayurvedic point of view, Hallux rigidus can be compared with “Sandhigat vata” a disease that is comparable to osteoarthritis in modern medicine. Since, hallux rigidus is also a type of osteoarthritis, a similar diagnostic approach can be followed for it. .

Sandhigata vata involves a vitiated vata dosha at the articulation site of the joints (Toe joint in case of hallux rigidus). It involves piercing pain at the site of the joint involved and occurs usually in old age causing pain during walking, getting up from sitting position and all other kinds of activities that involve movement of the joints. .

The causative factor for the development of the disease is a vitiated vata dosha which is accompanied by “dhatukshaya” or a degeneration of the bones of the joint and the surrounding tissue material like the synovial membrane and the synovial fluid.

HALLUX RIGIDUS IN FEMALES

In females, this condition occurs more commonly in and around the menopause when the body goes through major hormonal changes that lead to demineralization of the bone tissues. .

Lack of exercise, excessive weight are other common factors involved.

CAUSES OF HALLUX RIGIDUS

  • People with fallen arches
  • Excessive rolling in of the ankle joints.
  • History of trauma
  • Pain during rest
  • Difficulty wearing shoes
  • Pain may radiate to other parts of the foot, leg and back
  • Limping

All these are probable causes, the exact cause of the disease is not known.

SYMPTOMS OF HALLUX RIGIDUS

  • Pain, swelling and inflammation at the site of the joint.
  • Difficulty in squatting, running etc.
  • Pain and stiffness in the joint at the base of the big toe.
  • Aggravation of symptoms in cold weather.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR HALLUX RIGIDUS

1. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin is the main active principle that is responsible for the remarkable medicinal properties exhibited by turmeric. Curcumin is a very potent anti – inflammatory agent that helps relieve any kind of inflammation in the body. It suppresses the immune response that is involved in the development of inflammation in the body. Curcumin capsules are also a source of numerous anti –oxidants that are helpful in scavenging the free radicals that damage the joint area around the big toe in hallux rigidus. .

Curcumin is a very versatile herbal supplement that has great rejuvenating properties and that are very helpful in managing senile disorders like hallux rigidus in patients.

2. Aamvatantaka Churna

Aamvatantaka churna is very helpful for the treatment of osteoarthritis and similar diseases like hallux rigidus. Aamvata is a condition that involves the vitiated vata that interacts with the toxins (AMA) that accumulate in the body as a result of our lifestyle and food habits and cause inflammation in the joints. .

It has a blend of herbs such as Curcuma longa, Trigonella foenum graecum and Colchicum autumnale. All these herbs have proven effects in preventing and delaying age related changes in the body. .

In case of hallux rigidus, this powder shows a great recovery in patients who are chronically suffering from the disease. The degenerative changes in the joint of the big toe are very much reduced by the use of this herbal powder.

3. Cap. Joint Aid Plus

The contents of Joint aid plus capsules include Vitex negundo, Commiphora mukul, Boswellia serrata, Zingiber officianale, Tinospora cordifolia and Withania somnifera. .

The capsules help in dealing with all kinds of joint conditions that cause any kind of skeletal problem in the body. .

Regular use of this product helps in the maintenance of joint flexibility and lubrication so as to minimize wear and tear in patients of hallux rigidus. .

Besides this, the herbs are a great supply of natural anti –oxidants to the body and increase the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

4. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava capsule is a very effective herbal medicine that is a great diuretic supplement. .

In case of arthritis, a few patients have a problem in the release of excess fluid that accumulates around the arthritic joints. .

Even in patients of hallux rigidus, in advanced stages, there is progressive increase in the stiffness and pain involved in the joint of the big toe which often gets badly swollen because of that. .

This swelling poses great difficulty in mobilization in patients having swollen knee joints. .

Punarnava capsules together with the above three herbs makes for a great herbal medicine for hallux rigidus.