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Combat Allergies with Ayurveda


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                                      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.

      Seasonal allergen reactions are caused by a build-up of impurities due to digestive weakness or eating the wrong foods during the previous season.

      In 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 and fever.
  • 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.

Ayurvedic Recommendations:

  • Cleanse the body of toxins and eat a lighter diet for two weeks while the seasons change.
      One 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 the fall.

  • Eat according to the seasons.

       During 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 toxins simultaneously.

  • Ayurvedic Panchkarma treatments are the foremost for cleansing and detox.

  1. 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.
  2. Ayurvedic foot massages are very helpful for people suffering from redness, burning, itching and watering of eyes.
  3. 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, fried foods
  • Cooling herbal teas using mint, coriander and fennel are beneficial.
  • 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.

Please Note:

  • 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 treatment.

    Enjoy reading !! Questions and comments welcome !!

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