Combat Allergies with Ayurveda
Ayurveda offers a unique perspective and a number of
effective allergy remedies for springtime.
Millions of people worldwide suffer from seasonal allergies eg.hay fever being the most common one, every year, during the transition of seasons, especially,
winter to spring.
allergen reactions are caused by a build-up of impurities due to digestive
weakness or eating the wrong foods during the previous season.
the spring, this effect is compounded when impurities accumulated during winter
start "melting" due to warmer temperatures.
Ayurvedic Perspective on Seasonal allergies:
The symptoms of allergies primarily indicate the
increase of kapha and pitta.
- Sneezing, constantly running nose with whitish
mucus, wheezing, cough and heaviness or dullness of the body are all symptoms
of Kapha aggravation.
- Pitta aggravation produces symptoms such as itching and
burning eyes, sinusitis, yellow nasal discharge, excessive thirst, skin rashes
- Vata aggravation is
also always indicated due to a derangement of the
immune systems responses and hypersensitivity of the nervous system which Vata
governs.The involvement of vata may also manifest as headaches, cough,
insomnia and anxiety.
According to Ayurveda, ama (undigested toxins) and low
immunity are the main cause of allergies. Ama can settle at the digestive level
or in various tissues with different symptoms at each level. When improperly
digested ama is carried through channels into the various tissues in the body,
the resulting toxin accumulation imbalances the tissues. Ama toxicity
aggravates pitta or kapha, and in each case, the symptoms may vary.
the body of toxins and eat a lighter diet for two weeks while the seasons
highly effective tactic for combating allergens is to cleanse the body of
toxins when the seasons change.
This is especially important for those who are prone to
allergen reactions, as it is the accumulated toxins from winter that cause
spring reactions, and the accumulated toxins from summer that cause problems in
according to the seasons.
the allergen season (once spring or late summer starts), follow the seasonal
diet recommended for that season, taking into account your body type.
- Take herbal supplements to boost immunity and clear away
- Ayurvedic Panchkarma treatments are the foremost for cleansing and detox.
- Medicated Ayurvedic herbal oils are administered into the nostril after an energising massage and steaming to the face. This once again helps to cleanse and clear out any mucus congestion from the sinuses.
- Ayurvedic foot massages are very helpful for people suffering from redness, burning, itching and watering of eyes.
- Ayurvedic full body massages are also beneficial, if there is congestion of toxins in the body.
Tips for Diet & Lifestyle:
- Avoid cheese, yoghurt, ice cream milk and sugary foods as
these all produce kapha, which will increase mucus and congestion in your body.
- Avoid hot and cold caffeinated drinks, spicy foods, and oily,
- Cooling herbal teas using mint, coriander and fennel are
- Choose a diet that consists of fresh, freshly
prepared and include seasonal foods.
- Spices such as coriander,ginger, cumin,basil, parsley and
fenugreek are beneficial.
- Certain foods are also accredited with immunity boosting
properties including almonds, dates and mung beans and these should be included
in the diet when appropriate
- Chywanprash is Ayurveda's foremost formula for improving
immunity and is very beneficial taken year round.
- Following a seasonal detox programme will help restore good
immunity as it gradually cleanses accumulated toxins, promotes good digestion
and increases assimilation of nutrients.
- While there are numerous classical ayurvedic preparations,
one should consult an ayurvedic practitioner for the right diagnosis and
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