Defeat Allergies with Natural Cures
Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. Stopping to smell the flowers is something you’d like to do more often, but your allergies prevent you from doing so, leaving you a congested, sneezing, sniffling mess. And every spring, your mound of used tissues rises at a quicker rate than the daffodils that bloom outside your window on the balcony. If this sounds similar, it may be time to consider utilizing an Ayurvedic method to treat your allergies and asthma.
The buildup ofama (Sanskrit meaning “something which damages or weakens”), on the other hand, is the primary source of concern.
If you’ve ever tried to burn damp wood in a fire that wasn’t burning, you know that the consequence is smoke and burnt trash.
Ama accumulates in many physiological tissues and clogs internal channels when people maintain poor eating habits.
- Because the immune system is working overtime to defend the body from this hazardous situation, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive.
- Spring, in particular, is a time when the kapha dosha is very active.
- Every allergy sufferer is unique in their own way, according to Ayurvedic principles, and competent practitioners design treatment to meet the individual as a whole.
- (See “Spring It On” for additional information on how Ayurveda may assist you in making the transition from winter to spring.)
10 Ways to Beat Allergies with Ayurveda
For those of us who suffer from allergies, this is a particularly difficult time of year. The presence of seemingly harmless molecules floating in the air causes discomfort for those of us who are afflicted with respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies. In what way do allergies differ from other conditions? The question is, why do we have them at certain stages in our life but not at others? Why is it that some people can spend hours playing with their pets while others couldn’t come within 200 meters of a puppy without getting itchy eyes and a fit of sneezing and coughing?
- In each of these instances, the body interprets something that is normally non-hazardous as dangerous.
- Genetics, a weak agni, or digestive fire, a person’s condition of vykruti, or imbalance, and/or the presence of ama, undigested or poorly digested food that becomes poisonous and interferes with processes in the body are some of the fundamental reasons of allergies, according to Ayurveda.
- To loosen up the heaviness of kapha, or earth and water energy, in the sinuses, use anneti potdaily, or twice a day, with a mild saline solution and purified water, as directed by your doctor.
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Fresh, organic veggies and fruits should be prioritized.
Using fruits as their sources, the Ayurvedic triad of amalaki, haritaki, and bibtaki cleanses and strengthens the body’s natural defenses.
10. (Skull-Polishing Breath). 10. Engage in regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes to assist increase agni and remove ama. Walking, participating in a fun exercise class like vinyasa yoga, hiking, biking, or participating in a dancing class are all examples of ways to get moving.
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Do you have any allergies that bother you? If so, what are they? Perhaps the approach of spring has become a source of dread for you because of the extent to which your allergies have taken over your life. Unfortunately, many of us feel completely powerless when it comes to making a genuine and significant difference in our allergy experience. Due to the fact that allergies are more widespread at this time of year, spring is an especially appropriate time to investigate the Ayurvedic approach to allergens—which, fortunately, provides a unique viewpoint as well as a variety of effective allergy therapies for the spring season and beyond.
In this post, we will discuss:
- In this section, you will learn about allergies and the three doshas. You will also learn about general therapeutic strategies for allergies. There are many routes to the same destination.
According to Ayurveda, an allergy is the consequence of a specific substance (the allergen) worsening a certain dosha: vata, pitta, orkapha (breathing pattern). As a result, according to Ayurvedic principles, allergies are classified according to dosha, depending on which dosha is provoked in each specific case. In addition to this, it is conceivable that more than one dosha is at play. The majority of the time, allergic responses are a reflection of our individual constitutions. A pitta-predominant individual is more likely to acquire a pitta type of allergy, whereas a kapha-predominant people is more likely to suffer from a kapha kind of allergy, to put it another way.
However, it is possible to develop allergies that are unrelated to our individual constitutions.
Assuming such is the case, let us begin by distinguishing between the three forms of allergens recognized by the Ayurvedic system.
Allergies and the Three Doshas
A summary of allergies according to dosha is provided below, with a brief investigation of the basic symptoms as well as possibly aggravating foods as well as a short list of dosha-specific therapies for each of the three types: vata-type, pitta-type, and kapha-type. This material serves as a critical basis for further investigation. Although these specifics are important, there is no need to become bogged down by them since, in the next section, we will look at a variety of Ayurvedic methods that can help alleviate allergy symptoms, regardless of their source of origin.
Vata forms of allergies are commonly encountered in the digestive tract, with symptoms such as burping, bloating, digestive discomfort, gas, gurgling intestines, nonspecific abdominal pain, and intestinal colic being the most commonly reported. Other vata-related symptoms might include wheezing, headaches, ringing in the ears, joint pain, sciatica, muscle twitching or spasms, sleep disturbances, nightmares, and other vata-related issues. 1
Possible Correlation with Vata-Aggravating Foods
Vata imbalances can result in food sensitivities to raw foods, numerous beans (black beans, pinto beans, adzuki beans, and so on), and some animal proteins, such as pork, as well as other symptoms.
These meals can also increase allergies that are associated with the vata dosha.
When the vata dosha is exacerbated, it is critical to slow down, remain warm, stay hydrated, and consume an avata-pacifying diet. Warm herbal drinks with a drop of sesame oil or ghee added to balance the dryness of the vata dosha, as well as warm and grounding herbs, are generally effective in alleviating vata-type allergy symptoms.
Pitta kinds of allergies are most commonly caused by an allergen’s hot, sharp properties coming into touch with the skin and then entering the bloodstream, according to the Mayo Clinic. In order to avoid hives, rashes, and itching, Pitta-type allergies are commonly characterized by skin responses such as allergic dermatitis and eczema, and they may also manifest as bloodshot eyes. Pitta allergies can produce symptoms such as heartburn, acid indigestion, stomach distress, nausea, and vomiting in the GI system.
Possible Correlation with Pitta-Aggravating Foods
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can develop food sensitivities or allergies to spicy and hot foods as well as citrus and sour fruits as well as tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and fermented foods. These foods can also increase allergies associated with the pitta dosha.
When pitta is active, it is recommended to remain cool, avoid strenuous exercise during the day, and consume a food that is pitta-balancing. Herbs that are cooling and cleaning might also be beneficial. Because pitta has such a strong affinity for the blood, cleansing the blood may be quite beneficial in many cases. Donating blood can be as effective as conventional bloodletting in calming pitta as it is in calming vata. 3
For the Skin
Try one of the treatment techniques listed below to restore balance and comfort to your skin: Cilantro Juice made from fresh cilantro Garlic juice cools and relaxes the entire system, promoting optimal health, comfort, temperature, and fluid balance in the skin. Garlic juice is also beneficial for the digestive system. Simply throw a handful of fresh cilantro in a blender with approximately a third cup of water and pulse until smooth. Remove the pulp from the juice and enjoy it. 4 Applying fresh cilantro pulp directly to the skin provides more localized soothing support and can be used in conjunction with cilantro juice to provide even more localized soothing support.
Because of the abundance of pollen-based allergens during the spring season, kapha-type allergies are the most likely to be worsened. Allergy symptoms associated with Kapha include irritation of the mucous membranes, hay fever, cold, congestion and cough, sinus infection, water retention, bronchial congestion, asthma, and sleeping difficulties. 6 When it comes to the digestive tract, kapha type allergies can cause a feeling of heaviness in the stomach as well as sluggish digestive function.
Possible Correlation with Kapha-Aggravating Foods
A high level of kapha can result in dietary sensitivities or allergies to dairy products such as milk and yogurt as well as wheat, cucumber, and watermelon, amongst other things.
These foods are also prone to worsen allergies that are associated with the kapha dosha.
When attempting to balance kapha, it is better to stay warm and dry, avoid daytime naps, stay active, and consume an akapha-pacifying diet to get the greatest results. Drinking herbal teas that are lightening and clarifying can also assist in liquefying, drying, and eliminating excess kapha. 7 Using tiny amounts of local honey as a sweetener helps to cleanse the system of excess kapha and can also assist to reduce sensitivity to pollens in the environment. Additionally, warm and stimulating herbs can aid in the removal of excess kapha from the chest and stomach, the promotion of healthy fluid balance in the tissues, and the restoration of vigor to a sluggish digestive fire.
The practice of a weekly one-day fast—whether it is a complete fast, an all-fruit or all-juice fast, or a mono-diet of kitchari—can help maintain kapha in balance during the remainder of the spring.
It is preferable to practice this under the supervision of an Ayurvedic practitioner.
General Therapeutic Strategies for Allergies
When it comes to allergies, understanding the sort of allergy that you have is a vital first step. However, there are several treatment options that can be beneficial regardless of which dosha is at the base of your particular allergy. These therapies may be used in conjunction with any dosha-specific tactics that you may be employing, and because they are universal, they frequently have the added benefit of improving our overall feeling of well-being at the same time.
Avoid the Allergen
If you are allergic to a particular allergen, it is crucial to avoid exposure to that allergen in order to allow your body to rest from the overactive immune reaction that is at the foundation of your allergy. If you have an allergy to pollen, you should try to keep out of its path for a few days or weeks. If you have an allergy to cat dander, you should attempt to avoid any contact with cats for a while. Also, dressing mostly in cotton clothing might be beneficial (which is fantastically hypo-allergenic, especially if the fiber is organic and was produced free of pesticides).
Support Strong Digestion
An important part of Ayurveda’s philosophy is the importance of having a healthy digestive tract. When it comes to allergies, digestive power is tightly related to the immune response, therefore emptying out and recharging the digestive capacity may be quite beneficial when dealing with allergies.
Consume as little as possible of stimulants, refined sweets, and processed meals in order to promote your digestion (agni). It is also beneficial to eat mindfully, maintain a steady mealtime schedule, and add agni-stimulating herbs and spices into one’s cooking.
Prioritize Proper Food Combining
Due to the delicate relationship between the digestive system and immune function, appropriate meal pairing can give critical assistance by aiding in the improvement of digestive health. This, in turn, has the potential to improve immunological function. When it comes to Ayurvedic nutrition, there are a number of foods that, while they may be good to consume separately, are extremely difficult to digest when consumed together. Meat and dairy products, such as milk and yogurt, beans, and cheese, are examples of this.
Follow a Dosha-Pacifying Diet
This will vary depending on which dosha is most prominently at play in your allergic response and how severe the reaction is. If you are experiencing more kapha-type symptoms, you should adopt an akapha-pacifying diet. Following a pitta-pacifying diet will help to alleviate your allergic reaction if pitta is the primary aggressor. In addition, if your symptoms are indicative of vata-type allergies, you should adopt an avata-pacifying diet.
Undertake a Dietary Cleanse
The close relationship between digestion and immune function means that stimulating the digestive fire with a cleanse may be an exceptionally effective strategy to enhance the immune system and prevent allergies from developing. Cleansing is predicated on the premise that our bodies are inherently intelligent; when we give them a break from the constant barrage of potentially harmful inputs, our bodies immediately allocate the extra energy to cleaning house—repairing and rejuvenating the system in order to function at peak performance levels.
Cleanses aid in the removal of toxins, the balancing of the doshas, and the invigoration of the digestive fire—all of which contribute to improved digestive health, appropriate immunological function, and fewer allergies.
Ayurveda provides a variety of cleaning treatments that are both efficient and safe.
Cleanse or Lubricate the Nasal Passages
A direct support for the nasal passages can help to lessen the impact of allergens on these sensitive tissues because the respiratory system is a typical site of allergy symptoms. The benefits of Nasyaandneti pot are similar in that they both promote good breathing and a clear mind, but their impacts are completely different. The descriptions provided below will assist you in determining which option is the greatest fit for you. Alternatively, you may try with both and see which you prefer more in the end.
It’s possible that one is a better fit for you than the other. However, if you enjoy them both, you may switch them by day, by season, or by symptom, depending on what is most effective for your particular body.
Aromatherapy, also known as nasya, is a technique for applying a herbal oil to the nasal passages in order to soothe these delicate tissues while also promoting unobstructed breathing, relieving accumulated stress, and promoting mental clarity—all while acting as an important barrier against potentially bothersome allergens. It is also said that lubricating the nasal passages improves the quality of one’s voice and helps to sharpen eyesight. Nasya should not be conducted during a woman’s period or when she is pregnant.
Inhaling warm salt water through the nasal passages (also known as neti pot therapy) helps to clear congestion. It works by moistening the mucuses on the inside of the nasal passages and clearing them of debris such as dust, dirt, pollen, and other allergens, as well as excess mucus. It is ideal to use a neti pot for this activity. Following neti pot, if your nasal passages feel dry or if you want to establish an extra barrier against potential allergens, you may use your pinky finger to lubricate the nostrils with oil.
If you are unfamiliar with the use of a neti pot, we recommend that you view our brief introductory video.
Gargle with Supportive Liquids
When you use a neti pot, you are essentially pouring warm salt water into your nasal passages. This is called nasal rinse. Dust, dirt, pollen, various allergens, as well as excess mucus are removed from the nasal passages as a result of this treatment. When performing this activity, a neti pot comes in handy. Following neti pot, if your nasal passages feel dry or if you want to establish an extra barrier against potential allergens, you may use your pinky finger to lubricate the nostrils with oil.
We recommend that you first view our brief instructional video on how to use a neti pot before continuing.
Meditate to Reduce Stress
The majority of allergies may be traced back to stress. 10Ayurveda recognizes the effectiveness of a variety of subtle treatments that can aid in the reduction of the negative effects of stress on the body’s physiology. A very powerful approach, meditation allows us to reduce our sense of stress while simultaneously encouraging the development of more constructive reactions to difficult situations. Meditation may be learned and practiced at any time. Even ten to fifteen minutes of meditation each day can have a significant influence on your state of mind and well-being.
Devote a Few Minutes Each Day to Pranayama
Practice of working with the breath to influence both gross and subtle components of the mind-body system is known as pranayama (breath control). Pranayama, like meditation, promotes balance in the neurological system, begins to unwind the loop of chronic stress that can cause allergies, and also assists in accessing and resetting long-standing patterns in the energy body.
In addition, pranayama provides more targeted support for the respiratory passageways, which are frequently influenced by allergic reactions. Here are a few breathing techniques to take into consideration:
Alternate Nostril Breathing
NADI Shodhana, also known as the technique of opening the nasal passages, is extremely beneficial for lowering stress and promoting equilibrium throughout the respiratory channels. Particularly beneficial when suffering from hay fever, wheezing, or sneezing. 11
Ujjayi Pranayama is a breathing technique that awakens the throat center and helps to bring the entire energy body into harmony. The immune system is also significantly aided by this supplement.
Bhastrika (Bellows Breath)
It is a stimulating technique that generates internal heat, aids in the liquefaction of excess mucus, and generally helps to eliminate clogs from the respiratory system. Bhastrika Pranayama It is particularly effective for allergies that are congestive in nature.
Breathing exercises like Bhastrika Pranayama are energizing because they generate internal heat, aid in the liquefaction of excess mucus, and assist to eliminate blockages from the respiratory system in general. It is especially effective in the case of allergies that are congestive in nature.
In addition to being warming and stimulating, Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) are also grounding exercises. Sun salutations are particularly beneficial for allergies associated with the vata and kapha doshas because they foster the creation of internal heat.
In addition to being warming and energizing, Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is also grounding. Sun salutations are particularly beneficial for allergies of the vata and kapha kinds because they foster the formation of internal heat.
Many Paths, One Objective
When it comes to Ayurveda, one of the most motivating aspects is its capacity to heal each individual in a way that is tailored to his or her own requirements. Ayurveda has a variety of efficient treatment techniques for virtually any condition. As we have seen, allergies are a condition that is difficult to manage. It’s true that when it comes to deciding which treatments to pursue, the symptoms aren’t the most essential consideration. It is the person. This implies that you. Your unique constitution, imbalance, food, lifestyle, and other factors are the most important pieces of information to consider when evaluating which therapies would be the most beneficial in your particular instance, and you are the most important piece of information.
- Ayurveda’s approach to healing is also an opportunity for you to participate in your own healing process.
- At first glance, the alternatives we’ve put out for you above may appear to be overwhelming.
- Some people believe that altering their diet will provide them with an opportunity for good transformation.
- Ayurveda is not a fast fix or a panacea for all of life’s problems.
- While it may take a little time and work to find your own road toward balance—your own individual pathway toward allergy relief—this is an incredibly powerful adventure to be beginning on right now.
For our part, we genuinely hope that we will be able to provide you with assistance along the journey. Here’s to a vivacious spring, some allergy relief, and a life distinguished by steadily improved health and wellness for everyone.
Follow These Ayurvedic Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis
In addition to its capacity to cure each individual according to his or her own requirements, one of the most exciting aspects of Ayurvedic medicine is its holistic approach. Many efficient treatment options are available in Ayurveda for virtually any condition. Allergies are a prime example of this, as we’ve already observed. It’s true that when it comes to deciding which therapy to pursue, the symptoms aren’t the most essential consideration. I am referring to the person. In other words, you.
- This is why working with a certified Ayurvedic practitioner can be such a wonderful and fulfilling experience.
- A healing consultation is a chance to sit with your circumstance, to consider the numerous elements at play in your imbalance, and to investigate—from a mindful place—which healing methods are most likely to address and treat the root of your specific imbalances.
- However, in actuality, each of us has a unique sweet spot—a distinct entrance point that, when tapped, can allow for deeper healing.
- Another type of herb, a properly matched pranayama, an invigorating meditative practice, or a combination of tools can help to create an excellent place for healing.
- However, the tradition has lasted the test of time for more than five thousand years and continues to assist and inspire people all around the world today.
- We, on the other hand, really hope that we will be able to assist you along your journey.
7 Ways To Beat Seasonal Allergies With Ayurveda
Opinions of Subject Matter Experts The most recent update was made on March 16, 2020. Allergies, according to Ayurvedic medicine, are caused by an excess of cold, heavy, and thick kapha in the body. Excessive kapha attributes can result in congestion, mucus production, and sneezing, as well as a lack of digestive fire, or agni. What is the best approach to start treating allergies caused by dust and seasonal irritants according to Ayurvedic principles? Improve your digestive fire by incorporating the traits that are diametrically opposed to kapha (warmth, light, mobility, and clarity) into your daily regimen.
While it took a few seasons for me to see a significant difference, the wait was well worth it for the relief I have had and continue to experience today, several years later.
However, dairy shares some characteristics with excess kapha, such being chilly, heavy, and thick. Starting with cold dairy (such as cheese, ice cream, and milk), I gradually increased my intake of hot dairy items until I was only eating them once every two months, or less frequently.
2. Eat warm, cooked foods.
According to Ayurveda, when your digestive fire is low, your body is unable to utilize all of the nutrients contained in raw foods. In the body, toxins build as a result of improper digestion of the meal. It is beneficial to consume warm, cooked foods in order to allow the digestive fire to rest and recharge.
3. Do an ayurvedic cleanse.
Taking part in an ayurveda cleansing, orpanchakarma, can aid in the removal of toxins from the body and the resetting of the digestive system. I cleanse at least twice a year, once in an ayurvedic center and once at my residence in the country. A neti pot, also known as a nasal rinse cup, can be quite beneficial for people who suffer from seasonal allergies. It aids in the removal of congestion as well as allergens that irritate the nasal passages and sinus cavities. During the spring and fall, I use one every morning, and at least once or twice a week during the summer and winter, depending on my schedule.
It’s something I do every night before going to sleep.
Controlling your breathing may assist you in achieving mental and spiritual tranquility, as well as in creating space in both your mind and your body.
It’s crucial to find a breath that is comfortable for you, so experiment with different breathing patterns.
7. Choose the right herbs and spices.
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What is an allergy?
As a result of the immune system’s hypersensitivity, an allergic reaction occurs when the immune system reacts inappropriately to typically innocuous elements in the environment. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 50 million people in the United States experience an allergic reaction each year. These reactions can range from annoying to life-threatening, and understanding what causes your symptoms can assist you in preventing them and making lifestyle modifications.
Among the many types of allergies include medication and food allergies; latex allergies; insect and animal allergies; tree and plant allergies; and environmental allergies caused by dust mites, mold, roaches, and pet dander, as well as seasonal allergies to a variety of pollen.
The negative effects of medications are well documented, and many individuals turn to natural or integrative therapies to relieve symptoms or to work in combination with conventional care.
Ayurvedic Approach to Allergies
As a result of the immune system’s hypersensitivity, an allergic reaction occurs when the immune system reacts inappropriately to ordinarily innocuous compounds found in the environment. Every year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 50 million people in the United States experience an allergic reaction. These reactions can range from annoying to life-threatening, and understanding what causes your symptoms can assist you in preventing them and making lifestyle changes that will help.
Among the many types of allergies are medication and food allergies; latex allergies; insect and animal allergies; tree and plant allergies; and environmental allergies caused by dust mites, mold, roaches, and pet dander, as well as seasonal allergies to a variety of pollens.
The negative effects of medications are well documented, and many individuals turn to natural or integrative therapies to relieve symptoms or to operate in combination with contemporary therapy.
Management of Allergies
It is necessary to control allergies.
- Identifying and avoiding causal variables
- Stabilizing and restoring equilibrium to the system Immune resistance is being bolstered. Eventually, the sensitive objects will be reintroduced as part of an integrated strategy.
Allergies, Dosha Imbalances, and Ritucharya
Individual Prakriti (body constitution) and Vikrati (environment) influence allergy symptoms (imbalances). Allergies are more prevalent during seasonal transitions, and Ritucharya or seasonal practices can help to reduce their severity. Allergies of the Vata type are widespread throughout the autumn season. Pitta allergies are widespread throughout the summer months, and they typically entail inflammation and present themselves more prominently on the skin. Kapha allergies are widespread in the springtime, and their symptoms are thick and congested in appearance.
Multiple doshas can get out of balance at the same time.
The change from summer to fall causes a vata imbalance, which is accompanied by remnants of pitta inflammation in the body.
During the winter, as the air becomes colder, drier, and more windy, pollen allergies, dust allergies, pet dander allergies, mold allergies, food intolerances, and allergic asthma become more prevalent. Most of the time, constriction outweighs mucus production. Symptoms might include the following:
- Variable appetite, bloating, cramps, constipation, and digestive disorders are all possible symptoms. Tinnitus is a ringing sensation in the ears. Sneezing, dry coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and post-nasal drip are all symptoms of the common cold. Headaches, aches, and pains are common. Anxiety, lack of concentration, and restlessness are all symptoms of insomnia.
Ten Steps to Manage Fall Allergies
1. Cleanse and re-energize your skin. Mild detoxification, with an emphasis on regeneration, is essential in the management of autumn allergies; it reduces acute symptoms while also preventing future recurrences of the condition. (To learn more about Fall Ayurvedic cleaning, including how it varies from other cleanses, see this page.) 2. A diet that is vata-balancing. Eat food that is warm, prepared, and simple to digest, and make sure that you are eating the right foods in the right proportions.
- Ghee, unctuous food, and the flavors of sweet, sour, and salt are preferred.
- Warm water is referred to as pathya (favorable).
- This entails sticking to a schedule, which includes eating on time, sleeping on time, engaging in a digital detox, and getting plenty of rest.
- Dinacharya is number five.
- Prepare your nostrils by cleansing and protecting them with a neti pot and performing a pratimarsha (daily) nasal massage with 1–2 drops of Anu taila, ghee, or sesame oil.
Make a cup of Tulsi, ginger, CCF, or dashamula tea to relax.
Herbal preparations are available.
The immunity package from Sri Sri Tattva, which includes Shakti drops and Amruth, would be really useful.
Yoga is number eight on the list.
Pranayamas such as ujjayi breathing, three-stage pranayama, bhastrika, kapal bhati, nadi shodhan, and shankh mudra, among others, are beneficial in the management of allergy symptoms.
Practice relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises and meditation.
De-stressing, according to Ayurveda, is essential in the management of allergies and the general mind-body resiliency.
Follow the protocol established for the organ system that has been affected.
Initial symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion.
Excessive exposure to cold (either internally through food or externally) should be avoided, as should head showers (be sure to dry your hair afterward), yogurt, ice cream, cold salads, and contact with known allergens.
In addition to specific allergy formulations for each step of the allergy cycle, here are some home treatments to try first.
Take 14 to 12 tsp Ginger paste or powder and mix it with boiling milk till smooth.
Take 14 to 12 tsp of this combination every hour or two for a couple of hours.
It can be used to alleviate symptoms by mixing it into (lukewarm) tea.
Teething is made easier by gargling with turmeric and salt or licorice; tulsi and sea salt steam inhalation; and turmeric powder gargling.
Diet and lifestyle modifications can help to maintain a healthy dosha balance.
Turmeric and Neem are both excellent medicines for those who have skin sensitivity.
Allergies to the Gut Sor intolerances can develop as a result of agni and ama being affected.
Avoid cold and difficult-to-digest meals, such as raw salads and raw smoothies; instead, eat readily digested heated foods; avoid nightshades such as bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and potatoes; and get enough sleep and manage stress.
Allergies, Asthma, Cold, Flu…or COVID-19
As we enter the Fall season, one of the issues is determining the difference between Covid-19 and other conditions such as allergies, asthma, flu, and colds, since all of these ailments can cause respiratory symptoms! For the most up-to-date comparison between them, please see this page from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Researchers at the University of Southern California discovered that the course of Covid-19 symptoms helps to identify it from the flu, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered a comprehensive comparison between the two.
The AAFA warns that information is constantly changing; if you suspect Covid-19, put yourself in quarantine and have yourself tested.
Take a Breath!
Stress has been shown to have a significant influence on allergies and general health. It’s understandable that we’re concerned as the school year begins, with the economy picking up and schools reopening, as well as concerns about finding work and remaining healthy in the middle of the epidemic. Currently, forest fires are raging across California and other states, as I write this. Forest fire season in Ayurveda literally means “forest fire season” because of the vata-pitta imbalance in the environment and in our mind-body complex, which can contribute to a predisposition to burnout at the start of the fall season.
Stay safe, wear a mask, meditate, and practice excellent physical and mental hygiene while maintaining social ties and social separation, if at all feasible.
An Ayurvedic Approach to Seasonal Allergies
Our immune system is a sophisticated and amazing mechanism that works tirelessly to keep us healthy. When it is in balance, it does an excellent job of finding and removing possible risks to human health, such as poisons, germs, viruses, and cancer cells, without any difficulty. However, our immune system might overreact to a chemical in the environment that is normally innocuous, such as pollen, animal dander, or mold, causing it to overreact and get infected. The unpleasant symptoms of an allergic reaction might occur when the body attempts to eliminate the perceived threat.
An excessive immune response might also manifest itself as respiratory symptoms (asthma) and skin symptoms (eczema) (hives, eczema).
We will discuss the common phenomenon of environmental or seasonal allergies in this article.
Although the body can mount allergic responses to a variety of things, including food, medicines, and other foreign material, we will focus on the common phenomenon of environmental or seasonal allergies in this article.
The Underlying Causes of Allergies
You might be perplexed as to why one individual can spend a day strolling through flowering fields without having any symptoms, while another can’t even go out of their own house without experiencing severe allergic reactions. One of the most important differentiating characteristics is heredity. According to scientific study, the likelihood of acquiring allergies increases by around 30% if one or both of your parents suffers from an allergic condition. If both of your parents suffer from allergies, your chances of developing them are more than 60%.
Individuals’ digestive fire, or inner resilience (also known as agni), the amount of allergen that enters the body, and their present state of balance or imbalance in the doshas are among the factors that influence their health.
Allergic reactions can be prevented and controlled if we take into consideration all of the criteria mentioned previously.
Strong agni, or digestive fire, according to Ayurveda, is one of the most significant components in maintaining good health. When our agni is powerful, we have the ability to absorb energy and knowledge from our environment, extract whatever is helpful to us, and remove whatever we do not require. Apart from that, when Agni is glowing brilliantly, our bodies will not mount an aggressive response to foreign stuff such as pollen, but will instead eliminate it in a healthy and helpful manner. In other words, our bodies are more resistant to environmental changes as a result of our genetic makeup.
- When we relax our minds and bodies, we are less inclined to respond angrily to “invaders” from other countries.
- The agni can also be strengthened via other mindfulness techniques such as yoga and careful breathing.
- Yoga’s Ujjayi breathing method (pronouncedoo-jai) is an ancient breathing practice that can assist to relax both the mind and the body.
- The following is an example of how to do ujjayi breath:
- Breathe into your lungs a little more deeply than you normally would. Exhale via your nose while tightening the muscles in your throat. Exhale with your mouth closed. If you are doing this right, you should sound like Darth Vader from Star Wars. You may also get the hang of this technique by exhaling the soundhaaaah with your mouth wide until you get the feel of it. Now, with your lips closed, produce a similar sound while feeling the outflow of air via your nasal passages as you do so. As soon as you have mastered this technique on the outflow breath, you may apply it to the inflow breath by gradually tightening your neck as you inhale.
In addition to eliminatingama (the Sanskrit word for poison), another key approach to improve the agni is to increase its activity. Ama is a term that refers to both physical and mental poison that builds up in our bodies and can interfere with our natural healing processes.
Ama istriphala is a plant that is beneficial in the treatment of allergies since it is purifying. 500-1000mg of the medication is indicated to be taken before night. You may find out more about enhancing agni and removing amahere by visiting this website.
Reducing the Quantity of Allergens That Enter the Body
Another important step in managing and avoiding allergy symptoms is to be aware of how much of the aggravating allergen is present in our surroundings and to make intentional decisions to eradicate it as much as possible from our environment. The ancient Indian science of Ayurveda teaches that we are always in dynamic interaction with our external environment. When we place ourselves in a setting where we are exposed to high doses of an allergen, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain control over our symptoms, despite our attempts.
Neti pot therapy, which involves doing a mild saline rinse using a neti pot, is a beneficial method for both prevention and treatment of allergy symptoms.
When you use this saline rinse once or twice daily, you may flush out any foreign material that has entered your body through your nasal passages and is causing you discomfort.
The oil provides a protective coating on the nasal tissues, preventing allergens from immediately attaching themselves to the membranes of the nasal passageways.
Balancing the Doshas
The primary dosha, or mind-body constitution, of a person may frequently anticipate which allergy symptoms will appear, so it’s crucial to understand your dosha type as well as any existing imbalances in your body and mind. It’s possible to find out what your major dosha is if you don’t know what it is by completing the Chopra Center’s Dosha Quizhere. While it is vital to understand our major dosha and particular proclivities, it is also crucial to recognize that everyone of us possesses all of the doshas and can consequently experience imbalances in any of the doshas.
It is only via knowing this that we can more specifically direct the remedies.
Kapha Allergy Symptoms
It is believed that the usual allergy symptoms of springtime – congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing are caused by a buildup of the Kapha dosha, which is composed of earth and water elements, according to traditional Ayurvedic theory. This results in a sense of “heaviness” in the head and sinuses, as well as excessive mucus production. Other signs and symptoms include sluggishness and a sense of exhaustion. There are various easy and effective remedies that may be used to alleviate the traditional Kapha-type allergy symptoms, including acupuncture and homeopathy.
As previously stated, the neti pot is an effective instrument in the treatment of allergies. In addition to the advantages of eliminating allergens, it is particularly helpful in lowering Kapha in the head and sinuses, which is important from a doshic standpoint. Using nasya oil with energizing smells, such as eucalyptus, camphor, or juniper, can help to relieve the feelings of heaviness. Some more remedies for acute Kapha allergy symptoms include the use of pungent and bitter (astringent) plants and spices to lower Kapha, such as ginger, cayenne and pepper, basil, cumin and cardamom, sage and turmeric.
Trikatu is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal remedy for reducing Kapha that can be used on a daily basis. Apart from that, therapy should be oriented on bringing lightness to the body in other ways, such as via regular exercise and the use of a dry sauna.
Pitta Allergy Symptoms
When allergy problems manifest themselves during the summer, the underlying cause is frequently an out-of-balance Pitta dosha. During the summer, excess heat can cause inflammation in the respiratory system or on the skin, which is regulated by Pitta, which is ruled by the elements of water and fire. Rashes, headaches, burning or red eyes, and inflammation of the sinuses and airways are the most common symptoms (sinusitis, bronchitis). Ayurveda advocates taking cooling plants such as coriander and cilantro to alleviate Pitta and the accompanying allergic symptoms.
It has been shown that the use of clarified butter, or ghee, as well as aloe vera helps reduce the inflammatory response that is characteristic with Pitta imbalance.
Vata Allergy Symptoms
Allergic symptoms include headaches, wheezing, sneezing, and widespread muscular pains when the Vata dosha is out of balance. Due to the cold and dry air conditions that prevail in the fall, they are more commonly observed. The concentration of the lighter components of space and air in the mind-body physiology is the cause of this phenomenon. Aside from dry coughing and restlessness, other symptoms of Vata imbalance include dry eyes and a dry cough. It is essential to keep hydrated and consume warm drinks, such as ginger tea with honey, in order to counteract the effects of the excess space and air elements.
Performing a self-massage, also known as abhyhanga, is another effective strategy for soothing Vata.
Sesame oil is the most nourishing and warming oil for Vata balance, yet it is also the most expensive.
When we stop thinking of our surroundings as a threat, we may begin to reduce the excitability of our immune system and perceive our connection to the outside world as nourishing.
8 Ayurvedic Remedies for Dust Allergies
Dust Allergy Treatment using Ayurvedic Medicine Each season brings with it a unique set of allergy symptoms. Typically, this manifests itself in the form of dust allergies in the winter, pollen allergies in the spring, and mold allergies in the summer. Each season brings with it spells of excessive sneezing and coughing that we must endure. Fortunately, there are several natural therapies that can help us prevent and decrease the symptoms of this condition if they occur. Dust allergies are the most prevalent type of allergy, and they are caused by small dust mites.
Because these insects are able to thrive in virtually all climates, it is nearly hard to completely eliminate them from the environment.
Because there is no actual remedy to the problem other than prevention, you may have pondered how you may go about dealing with it.
Here’s a look at some of the most effective Ayurvedic treatments for dust allergies that can assist you in dealing with the symptoms of dust allergies more successfully.
Local or raw honey includes trace quantities of pollen from the surrounding area. It can make you less susceptible to pollen and dust mites if you consume 2 tablespoons of it on a regular basis. Take it twice a day to protect yourself from the impacts of a dust particle and to boost your immunity. It is also beneficial in the treatment of seasonal allergies.
Air Filters and Purifiers:
The process of filtering and purifying the air in your environment might assist you in breathing in fresh and clean air. The appropriate air purifier may capture and trap allergens that are floating about freely in the air and enhance air quality so that you can breathe only clean air while you are working. Using air filters and purifiers can also assist to alleviate the symptoms of respiratory ailments.
Turmeric and Milk Delight:
The process of filtering and purifying the air in your immediate vicinity might assist you in breathing in fresh and clean air more easily. With the correct air purifier, you can capture and trap allergens that are floating around freely in your environment, while also improving air quality so that you can breathe only clean air. Respiratory disorders can be made easier to manage by using air filters and purifiers.
Generally, neti pots are used for nasal irrigation, which is conducted with warm salt water. It has received special recognition in Ayurveda and has shown to be quite beneficial in the treatment of nasal allergies. To put it simply, the nasal passages are washed by pouring warm salt water into one nostril and allowing it to exit through the other nose. In this process, which has been in use for centuries, the container is in the shape of a flattened teapot with a spout on one end and is placed over the mouth of the container.
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Pour a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves and honey into a cup and consume. This combination should be consumed on a daily basis. Peppermint’s anti-inflammatory and decongestant characteristics help to reduce dust allergy symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose by decreasing inflammation and congestion.
Green tea is a beverage that most people are familiar with. The fact is that many people are unaware that green tea can help to alleviate the symptoms of allergies, particularly those caused by dust and grit. Green tea contains a high concentration of antioxidants, which can be used to treat a variety of allergies and associated symptoms.
Green tea is something that almost everyone is familiar with. Many individuals, however, are unaware that green tea can help to alleviate the symptoms of allergies, particularly those caused by dust and grit, which are common in urban environments. Several allergies and associated symptoms can be alleviated by drinking green tea, which is high in antioxidants.
Histamine is an organic nitrogenous molecule that plays a role in the body’s immunological reaction to any intruding factor that comes into contact with it. Histamine has a critical function in the pathogenesis of allergies. Vitamin C has incredible antioxidant properties, making it effective in the treatment of dust and other seasonal allergies, among other things. This is due to the fact that Vitamin C inhibits the production of histamines. Including citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables in your diet will help you receive more Vitamin C.
After all, prevention is always preferable to cure!
Use a dehumidifier indoors as well as keeping insects and rodents out of your home, and if your symptoms don’t improve after a few weeks, consult with a Naturopath for more assistance.
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