Spring Allergies Got You Down? These Ayurvedic Solutions Can Help
Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. Spring always gives a welcome respite following a long period of cold and bleak weather. However, although the vivid buds and blossoms are our reward for making it through the cold and snowy months, they’re also the heralds of a variety of pollen—airborne allergies that may cause a cascade of symptoms such as coughing, a runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes, nose, mouth, and throat.
Climate change, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, may be boosting pollen concentrations and extending the allergy season.
Not so fast, my friend.
Remember that the body is merely doing everything it can to keep us safe,” says the author.
- According to Arora, the Ayurvedic method is based on three basic concepts: First and foremost, we must strengthen our immunity, which in Ayurveda is translated as “digestive capacity.” We want to keep ouragni, or digestive fire, fueled at all times.
- Finally, eating and practicing in accordance with our symptoms can have a major impact on our well-being.
- “Ayurveda is a self-care handbook that is easy to understand and use.
- “In fact, we can feed off the energy of spring that helps flowers blossom and plants sprout,” she writes.
5 ways to use Ayurveda for allergies
In spite of the fact that it appears to be such a simple thing, warm water has a mild cleaning impact. It is effective in clearing mucosal congestion from the nose, food passageways, and lungs, as well as in promoting the production of digestive fire and enzymes. According to Arora, this will help to improve immunity over time since it maintains tissue pathways clean.
Scrape your tongue every morning
According to Indu Arora, yoga and Ayurveda educator and author of SOMA: 100 Heritage Recipes for Self-Care, while deciding between a steel or copper tongue scraper, use caution. It is with the copper scraper that you will seekapha(mucus) orama(toxins), which manifest as white or yellowish accumulation, tooth marks, dullness or paleness, among other things. If you see deep fissures or red spots on your skin that reflect pitta, use the steel scraper to remove them. First and foremost, you’ll need to stock up on high-quality scrapers—one steel and one copper—for use in battle.
Then, every morning before cleaning your teeth, extend your tongue and take a peek at your reflection.
The practices of yoga and Ayurveda are all about living in the present moment, according to Arora.
“Gently scrape from the rear to the front, from the side to the front, and avoid using too much pressure.” According to Arora, “you don’t want to cause any wear and tear or harm.” Do you already incorporate oil swishing into your daily routine?
In such instance, swirl and scrape your teeth before brushing them. Your throat and voice will remain clean and clear as a result of using this product, which you will find surprising.”
Use a copper neti pot
Instead of using a plastic or ceramic neti pot, copper is preferable since it ionizes the water and helps to release excess kapha in the body. If you are prone to nasal congestion, a nasal rinse will be of great assistance. Instead of utilizing a ceramic or plastic product, Arora suggests using a copper neti pot, which is more durable. What is the explanation behind this? When you keep water in a copper vessel (which can be purchased for $30 at her store), the water gets ionized. Copper is considered to be a pacifier in Ayurveda, and it can help to calm the kapha dosha, which can become excessive in the spring.
The directions are straightforward: Soak distilled or plain drinking water in the neti pot overnight to get it ionized, then use it in the morning.
“It is not necessary to do it on a daily basis.
Overuse of this product can cause the natural oils in the nasal mucosa to be stripped away, which can result in increased dryness in the nostrils.”
Eat and practice according to your dosha
For this one, draw on the discernment that Arora urged you to use: “We have to take a deep breath and assess what type of sensations we are experiencing.” Which dosha do they belong to: kapha, pitta, or vata? “How is the change in season impacting us?” says the author. Symptoms of the Kapha dosha: Congestion, coughing, heaviness, lethargy, a lack of appetite, and stickiness in the eyes are all symptoms of the flu. In general, “avoid the kinds of foods that irritate kapha, such dairy products, refined white flour, and cane sugar, as well as anything that’s dull, heavy, and frozen,” recommends Arora.
“Avoid hot, warming meals such as red chile, garlic, onion, red bell pepper, and alcoholic beverages,” advises Arora.
To keep pitta under control, you can take a tablespoon of aloe vera internally around the start of spring, once a day for approximately two weeks, to keep it under control.” She also recommends that you review your skin-care routine, because pitta skin is sensitive to strong cleansers and chemicals, according to her.
- Try to buy goods that are organic, natural, and do not include a lot of preservatives.” As a matter of fact, Arora created her own herbal powder that contains clay, chickpea flour, sandalwood, and other natural ingredients.
- “It was passed down to me by my grandmother, and I re-created it with the help of my own guru,” she explains.
- Adding rose water, milk, aloe vera, or water to it will make it taste better.
- The key is to stay away from raw, iced, cold, or aerated meals, according to Arora.
Pick yourself a pack of circular cotton pads to use as eye drops for dry eyes. Take two cotton balls and soak them in ghee, which is clarified butter, before placing them over your eyes to provide some lubrication.
With each new ritual and adjustment, pay attention
Make use of the judgment that Arora urged you to use for this one: In order to determine the nature of our symptoms, we must take a deep breath. Which dosha do they belong to: kapha, pitta or vata? I’m curious how this shift in season is impacting us. Symptoms of the kapha dosha: Complications include: congested breathing, coughing, heavy breathing, dullness, a lack of appetite, and stickiness in the eyes (photophobia). In general, “avoid the kinds of foods that irritate kapha, such dairy products, refined white flour, and cane sugar, as well as anything that’s dull, heavy, and cold,” advises Arora.
- Sneezing, hives, redness in the eyes, discomfort and rashes are all Pitta symptoms.
- ” Cilantro, fennel, and aloe vera are examples of herbs that are cooling and relaxing.
- “Take a look at the contents in your cleanser, soap, shampoo, and moisturizer, and try to pick goods that are organic, natural, and do not include a lot of preservatives,” says the author.
- This powder may be used as a cleanser, scrub, and mask.
- Adding rose water, milk, aloe vera, or water to it will make it taste even better.” In the event of an outbreak, apply it for two weeks and pay close attention to how your skin reacts.
- In order to be healthy, Arora recommends that you avoid eating anything that is raw, iced, chilly, or aerated.
- Pick yourself a pack of circular cotton pads to use as a compress for your eyes.
Meet Indu Arora
Indu Arora, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist, believes herself to be a lifelong student of the ancient art of yoga. Since 1999, she has been teaching about yoga philosophy, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda to students throughout the world. She is motivated by and teaches under the Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, Kashmir Shivaism, and Sivananda Yoga traditions, all of which she has studied and practiced. She has studied both Yoga and Ayurveda in a traditional Guruparamapara context, where she has gained a thorough understanding of both.
Her main idea is that “Nothing, and I mean nothing, has the greatest capacity to cure!” The author ofMudra: The Sacred Secret,Yoga: Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision (also known as The Little Red Book on Yoga), and SOMA – 100 Heritage Recipes for Self-Care, she is well recognized for her work on yoga and meditation.
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.
- More recipes and healthy materials like this one are available on request.
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.
In this section, you will learn about allergies and the three doshas, as well as general allergy treatment strategies. It is a case of many roads leading to one destination.
Allergies and the Three Doshas
Allergies and the Three Doshas; General Therapeutic Strategies for Allergies; Allergies and the Three Doshas There are many ways to go to the same place.
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.
8 There are also more advanced Ayurvedic treatments, such as panchakarma, that are extremely effective at clearing stored kapha from the system. 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. We have numerous different forms of Ayurvedic cleanses detailed in our Cleansing Department if you are interested and would like some advice.
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.
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
If your throat is irritated, gargling with either a little amount of honey in hot water or a mixture of 1 cup hot water, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, and 1 teaspoon natural mineral salt can be both clarifying and relaxing for your throat. 9
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. If you do not already have a meditation practice, Vasant Lad, MASc, teaches Empty Bowl Meditation, which is a simple yet profound technique that is suitable for almost anybody.
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.
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.
Yoga is yet another useful and fun therapy that may aid in the reduction of stress and the overall balance of the system. Think about one of the following flows as a starting point:
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.
Moon Salutations (Chandra Namaskar) are a kind of yoga that is cooling, peaceful, and grounding. Moon salutations are more ideal for pitta-type allergies since they calm and chill the system down and make it more comfortable.
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.
7 Ways To Beat Seasonal Allergies With Ayurveda
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.
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.
My 30-minute daily practice includes anuloma-viloma, bhastrika, and kapalabhati. 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.
Using warming spices in your food, such as ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and black pepper, can assist to strengthen your digestive fire and keep it burning. It is also believed that the herbs tulsi, pippali, and licorice might aid to renew the respiratory system. Do you want to transform your interest in health and wellness into a rewarding career? Become a Certified Health Coach by completing this course. More information may be found here.
Can Ayurveda Help with Autumn Allergies? Say Bye-Bye to Your Sniffles!
On September 4, 2020, Anuradha Gupta published a blog post. Do you have a sneeze going on? Does your nose runny, your eyes watery and irritable (itchy, watery and irritated eyes), you have headaches, dark circles under your eyes, rashes, coughing or nasal congestion? My son has been experiencing similar symptoms since he was diagnosed with allergic asthma. As a result of seasonal allergies and anaphylactic food allergies, he has a variety of health issues, which is one of the reasons I became interested in Ayurveda in the first place: I wanted to find an integrated way to managing his health.
We become concerned every time we cough or acquire a fever since it is flu season, and the Covid-19 epidemic is still going strong.
What is an allergy?
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, nearly 50 million people in the United States have some form of allergic response each year, making it the sixth greatest cause of chronic illnesses. Allergies may range from being unpleasant to being life-threatening, and understanding what causes your symptoms can assist you in preventing them and making lifestyle modifications. 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.
Drugs, some foods, latex, insects, animals, poison oak, and other substances can cause an allergic reaction.
Environmental allergies are more common in children than adults.
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 unbalanced doshas, a weakened agni (metabolic and digestive fire), the presence of ama (toxins from the environment and the body), and the influence of Ojas (described as the vitality or health of tissues), allergies emerge and immunity is reduced. The method to controlling allergies focuses on improving immunity, also known as Vyadhikshamatwam, which refers to the body’s ability to resist infections or recover more quickly if one becomes ill. Consider the case of a pipe with bends.
The organ system that is most susceptible differs from person to person.
Genetics, an unsuitable diet and lifestyle, stress, seasonal changes, chronic illnesses, and psychological trauma are all potential causes of the condition.
Management of allergies
Allergy treatment entails the following steps:
- 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
Identifying and avoiding causal variables; stabilizing and restoring equilibrium to the system; and Immune resistance is being boosted. Eventually, in an integrated manner, the sensitive objects will be reintroduced.
It is believed that the change from summer to fall brings about a Vataimbalance, which is accompanied by remnants of Pittainflammation. 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 any of 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
- In order to effectively manage autumn allergies, mild detoxification with an emphasis on rejuvenation is essential
- It reduces acute symptoms while also helping to avoid future recurrences of the condition. (See this page for additional information about Fall Ayurvedic cleansing and how it differs from other cleanses.) Vata-pacifying diet consisting of warm, prepared, easily digestible foods, as well as guaranteeing appropriate dietary pairings. Apathy manifests itself in the form of junk food, cold, dry, rough food consumed at inconvenient times, or missing meals (to be avoided). Ghee, unctuous food, and the flavors of sweet, sour, and salt are preferred. Warming spices such as ginger, cumin, turmeric, and a sprinkle of black pepper, as well as tulsi, cinnamon, and nutmeg, should be included. Stayhydrated. Warm water is referred to as pathya (favorable). Starting with one to two glasses of warm water flavored with lemon and local honey in the morning, and continuing throughout the day with warm water or herbal tea
- Following a regimen, such as eating at regular intervals, sleeping at regular intervals, engaging in a digital detox, and getting enough of rest, is essential for balancing Vata. Incorporate mild, restorative activities and stretching into your routine. Each day, or as frequently as you are able, do sesame oil pulling, or arimedadi thailam andabhyanga (self-massage) using sesame oil or any therapeutic oil, as part of your dinacharya (daily routine). Maintain good nasal hygiene by using a jal neti (neti pot) and doing a daily pratimarsha (nose cleansing) with 1-2 drops of Anu taila, ghee, or sesame oil. Herbal teas–include tulsi, ginger, CCF, or dashamula tea
- Herbal formulations–include herbs that are warming but not unduly drying, such as chamomile or chamomile tea. The immunity package from Sri Sri Tattva, which includes Shakti drops and Amruth, would be really useful. Some of the alternatives include Amla, Neem, Turmeric, Haritaki, Vasa, Ashwagandha, Triphala, Yashtimadhu, and Chyawanprash
- Others include Amla, Neem, Turmeric, Haritaki, Vasa, Ashwagandha, Triphala, Yashtimadhu, and Chyawanprash. Yoga — moderate, restorative yoga is recommended. Asanas that are beneficial include the spinal twist, fish position, wind relieving stance, bridge pose, shoulder stand, warrior pose, and more variations. Pranayamas such as ujjayi breathing, three-stage pranayama, Bhastrika, kapal bhati, nadi shodhan, and shankh mudra are also beneficial in the management of allergy symptoms. De-stress using breathing exercises and meditation– Research has shown that worry and stress can exacerbate seasonal allergy symptoms. De-stressing, according to Ayurveda, is essential in the management of allergies as well as general mind-body resiliency. Follow the protocol that is appropriate for the organ system that has been affected. Severe allergies, particularly those affecting several organ systems, are complicated and may need long-term care in order to improve immunity.
A. Respiratory allergies are characterized by Vata vitiation in conjunction with Kapha aggravation. Initially, Vata produces sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion. If left untreated, Vata can progress to sinusitis, persistent cough, bronchitis, and degenerative lung disease, among other things. 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.
Management at different stages
- VataStage: Sneezing and throat inflammation that is severe. Take 14 to 12 tsp Ginger paste or powder and mix it with boiling milk till smooth. Alternatively, combine 1 teaspoon shredded Pearl Onion with 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon raw honey. Take 14 to 12 tsp of this combination every hour or two for a couple of hours. When you’re at the congested stage with white thick phlegm, ginger juice mixed with honey might be really beneficial. It can be used to alleviate symptoms by mixing it into (lukewarm) tea. It is helpful to consume tulsi because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic qualities. Gargling with turmeric and salt or licorice is advised, as is steam inhalation with turmeric powder, tulsi, and sea salt
- Acupuncture is also indicated. PittaStage: Infectious stage characterized by yellow or green phlegm. Ayurvedic care is based on an integrated approach, but if an infection has been identified, seek medical attention immediately.
B. Allergies to the skin/Sheetapitta Inflammation, heat, and congestion on the skin as a result of allergic irritation; the approach entails pacifying Kapha, clearing channels, and regulating Pitta. Diet and lifestyle modifications can help to maintain a healthy dosha balance. Avoid sour or acidic foods, limit your intake of fatty and fried foods, and stay away from yogurt, tamarind, ice cream, and other common allergies. Turmeric and Neem are both excellent medicines for those who have skin sensitivity.
Allergies to the Gut Allergies to the gastrointestinal tract 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
The ability to distinguish between Covid-19, allergies, asthma, flu, and colds is becoming increasingly difficult as the season progresses. All of these conditions have the potential to cause respiratory symptoms! Refer to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) most recent comparison of the two products, available here. 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. In Ayurveda, the beginning of autumn is referred to as the “forest fire season,” because of the Vata-Pitta imbalance in the environment and in our mind-body complex, which contributes to a predisposition to burnout and fatigue.
- Continue to be safe, wear a mask and meditate, and maintain excellent physical and mental hygiene while maintaining social ties and social separation wherever feasible.
- Come to our free breath and meditation course, Beyond Breath!
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- Consult your physician or other trained health providers with any queries you may have regarding a medical problem.
Relieving Seasonal Allergies with Ayurveda
Seasonal allergies, according to conventional wisdom, are characterized by an unpleasant reaction to food, medication, the environment, and cosmetics. The most frequently recommended strategy of treating seasonal allergies is to offer rapid relief with antihistamines while avoiding the allergens that trigger the reaction. As a result, Ayurveda has a different perspective on allergies, believing that they are caused by an imbalance of the doshas, or bio-energetic principles, that control the operation of our body and brain.
In addition to avoiding the external causes of allergies, it is essential to improve internal immunity by measures such as a healthy diet and lifestyle, the use of some common herbs, and some rejuvenating therapies.
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. 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. Different sorts of allergy symptoms are caused by dosha imbalances in different parts of the body.
- Symptoms of a Kapha Allergy 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.
- Other signs and symptoms include sluggishness and a sense of exhaustion.
- You can experiment with the Jalneti nose cleansing technique, which is a classic yogic nasal cleansing system.
- When done correctly, this aids in the regulation of pressure in the brain, and although it may appear difficult or unpleasant at first, with a little experience it becomes simple and very effective.
- Drinking hot honey water or ginger lemon tea might be a quick and simple cure.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Symptoms of a Vata Allergy Allergic symptoms include headaches, wheezing, sneezing, and widespread muscular pains when the Vata dosha is out of balance.
The concentration of the lighter components of space and air in the mind-body physiology is the cause of this phenomenon.
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.
Use soothing herbs, such as ashwagandha, to restore balance to Vata. Ashwagandha is also an immunological modulator, which means it can help to reduce the immune system’s reaction to allergens. Performing a self-massage, also known as abhyhanga, is another effective strategy for soothing Vata.
Natural Ways of Relieving Seasonal Allergies
Consume foods that are light, warm, and prepared. Warm, prepared vegetarian dishes, such as those produced with a small amount of clarified butter (ghee), aid in the recovery of the body. Eating warm, prepared meals, according to Ayurvedic principles, allows the digestive fire to take a break. It is unable to access the nutrition stored in raw meals when digestion is inadequate, and the poorly digested food produces toxins as a result of the poor digestion. When you are certain that your digestion is in good working order (particularly in the summer), you can indulge on raw greens and salads.
Reduced or avoided dairy consumption can assist to alleviate the symptoms associated with mucus production and will allow the body to rid itself of toxins in a more natural manner.
If you want to try something different, you might attempt the ancient yogic nose cleaning procedure known as Jalneti.
When done correctly, this aids in the regulation of pressure in the brain, and although it may appear difficult or unpleasant at first, with a little experience it becomes simple and very effective.
Exercise gently and engage in pranayama (yogic breathing).
These basic techniques can be beneficial not just on a physical level, but also on a mental and spiritual one, by bringing quiet, attentiveness, and space into one’s life and surroundings.
As long as we keep our agni balanced, avoid exacerbating allergens and ama (toxicity) by deliberate decisions, and keep our internal energies, or doshas, in harmony with one another, we are less likely to suffer from poor health such as seasonal allergies.
As a result of Ayurveda’s teachings, we may experience this connection more fully and get closer to our natural state of health and equilibrium.
Instant relief with Nasya Face and Head Massage at Ayush Wellness Spa
Nasya is a one-of-a-kind nasal treatment that also includes the face and neck, and it is designed to ease congestion and assist allergy patients. Nasya consists of a relaxing pressure point facial massage, a head and chest massage, as well as a steam treatment to relieve stress. An Ayurvedic herbal oil blend that has been specifically designed to relieve sinus issues and congestion is sprayed into each nostril. The oil provides a protective coating on the nasal tissues, preventing allergens from immediately attaching themselves to the membranes of the nasal passageways.
Approximately 55 minutes is allotted for the treatment. £80 is a reasonable price (price at April 2017) To make a Nasya appointment at Ayush Spa, please click here or contact 01534 614171.