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Allergies

ALLERGIESAyurvedic Treatment of Allergies - Medicines, Home Remedies and Diet Charts

Allergies are an overreaction of the body's immune system to specific substances that it misidentifies as harmful and thus treats them as allergens. This overreaction of the body's immune system is known as an allergic reaction and the substances that cause it are called allergens - which forms the basis of all allergies. Allergic reactions manifest themselves in the form of commonly seen skin and respiratory disorders such as eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma, food allergies and can trouble any individual irrespective of age / gender etc. In Ayurveda medicinal science, allergy treatment is done by first diagnosing the individual root-cause of every patient and then accountable prescription is recommended by intake of medicinal herbs. You are welcome to contact Nakra Ayurveda Hospitals and Herbals Pvt Ltd to avail our Free Online Ayurveda Consultation for Allergies.


Causes of Allergies
 

Internal factors (factors that are based inside the human body) causing allergies include heredity, sex, race and age and thus cant be ignored at all. External factors (factors that are based in the surrounding or the environment) include alterations in exposure to infectious diseases during early childhood, environmental pollution, allergen levels and dietary changes and these are the mmost common forms because these cant be avoided under any circumstances.


Symptoms of Allergies
 

  • - Dark circles under and around the eyes as it confirms the weakening of immune system

  • - Recurring headache which becomes chronic in nature

  • - Shortness of breath which can be quite troublesome at times

  • - Cough of all types

  • - Diarrhea which can be quite severe

  • - Stomach cramps accompanied with diarrhoea

  • - Wheezing sounds in chest

  • - Asthma which also is chronic in nature

  • - Itchy, watery eyes with redness

  • Itchy, runny nose with sneezing

  • Itching, eczema and/or hives with rashes etc


Ayurvedic Treatment of Allergies
 

Ayurveda regards allergy as a disorder caused by impaired digestion, which is why preliminary symptoms may include indigestion, constipation or diarrhea and thus varied signs are present in each individual type. This dysfunction in the digestive process is the cause of the hypersensitivity to certain substances, such as dust and pollen that triggers the allergic attacks and this dysfunction has to be avoided. Deposits of ama (toxins in the form of mucus) in the lungs and respiratory tract create obstruction in breathing and cause wheezing, coughing or sneezing so these must not be taken lightly at all by any physician or patient.
 

Each time a person comes in contact with an allergen, the doshas are imbalanced, and toxins are released according to the imbalanced Doshas, leading to specific symptoms as has been explained above in detail for your easy reference. For example, if Pitta Dosha is imbalanced, it releases specific heating toxins that accumulate in deep tissues like Rasa (nutrient plasma), Rakta, (blood), Mamsa (muscles) and Lasika (lymphatic) and similarly all dosha and dhatu are interlinked with each other leading to vitiations in physiological system. These toxins cause contamination of deeper tissues leading to a host of symptoms of various skin allergies so skin tisue must be protected from such invasions. If Kapha is imbalanced, it gets accumulated in the respiratory channels, causing blockage and respiratory allergies and this certainly can be very severe at times.
 

Ayurvedic allergy treatment focuses on pacifying the imbalanced dosha, restoring digestion with herbal preparations, and advising supporting diet and lifestyle changes and its this very reason why we can achieve holistic health benefits in all allergies by intake of medicinal herbs. Ayurvedic tonics are also administered to build up the strength of the lungs so its all as per the discretion of attending physician.


Diet & Lifestyle Advice for relief in Allergies
 

  • - Eat at least 2 hours before going to bed and follow this advice with complete sincerity.

  • - Drinking warm water or herbal teas throughout the day is beneficial for all age groups of patients.

  • - Heavy foods including dairy products, fried foods, cold foods, rice, beans and legumes should be avoided as they can create more ama leading to further indigestion.

  • - The use of spices, pickles and chilies in cooking should also be minimized Honey, nuts and seeds can be taken in moderate amount so this protocol of cooking needs to be followed as well.

  • - Avoid excessive or physically demanding exercise as these can vitiate the human physiology very much.

  • - Yoga and breathing exercises (Pranayama) can be helpful so must be practiced by all age groups of patients.


Home Remedies for Allergies
 

  • - Take 200 ml carrot juice, or a combination of carrot juice with beet and cucumber juices as both are good healthy choices. In the case of mixed juices, 50 ml each of beet and cucumber juices should be mixed with 100 ml of carrot juice to prepare 200 ml of mixed juice and this is like amrit for all such patients. Drink for relief in allergies and benfits are considerable.
     

  • - Squeeze half a lime in a glass of lukewarm water and sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey so that digestive capacity are enhanced. Take it once daily first thing in the morning for several months and long term intake is very pivotal. It not only flushes the system of toxins but also acts as an anti-allergic agent so patients must use this daily.
     

  • - Take 5 drops of castor oil in half a cup of any fruit or vegetable juice, or plain water on an empty stomach in the morning and though taste might not be palatable but still its highly beneficial. Or mix one part turmeric and two parts of amla powder and patients should take it daily. Take one small teaspoon twice daily with water and if water can be lukewarm then certainly its much more beneficial.