An allergy is a reaction of the body's immune system to a usually harmless substance, such as pollen or food. Allergies can cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe.
Common allergy symptoms include:
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Watery, red, or swollen eyes
• Rashes or hives
• Anaphylaxis (severe, life-threatening allergic reaction)
Allergies are caused by an immune system response to a foreign substance, such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, or food. When exposed to the allergen, the body produces antibodies known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) that trigger the release of histamine and other chemicals, resulting in an allergic reaction.
In Ayurveda, allergies are caused by an imbalance of the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). This imbalance can be caused by a variety of factors including diet, lifestyle, environment, and emotional stress. To treat allergies, Ayurveda recommends a combination of diet and lifestyle modifications, herbs, and other natural therapies.
Diet: Foods that are considered to be cooling and calming should be included in the diet. These include foods such as fruits and vegetables. Foods that aggravate allergies should be avoided, such as processed foods, fried foods, and refined sugars.
Lifestyle Modifications: Stress, lack of sleep, and overexertion can all contribute to an imbalance of the doshas and aggravate allergies. To reduce the symptoms of allergies, it is important to practice stress-relieving activities such as yoga and meditation. It is also important to get enough rest and avoid overworking the body.
Herbs: Certain herbs are used in Ayurveda to help reduce the symptoms of allergies. Some of these herbs include licorice, turmeric, ginger, neem, and bhringaraj. Herbal remedies can be taken in the form of teas, tinctures, and capsules:-
1. Amla (Emblica officinalis): Amla is a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation caused by allergies. It is also known to boost immunity and help to reduce allergic reactions.
2. Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia): Guduchi helps to reduce inflammation and has anti-allergy properties. It is also effective in treating respiratory allergies and asthma.
3. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which make it effective in treating allergies. It is also known to reduce congestion and help to clear the airways.
4. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Licorice is known to reduce inflammation and help relieve the symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose.
5. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): Brahmi is an antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and has anti-allergy properties. It is also known to boost immunity and help to reduce allergic reactions.
6. Tulsi (Holy basil) : Tulsi is an herb used in Ayurveda to treat allergies. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help reduce inflammation and prevent the release of histamine, which is responsible for allergy symptoms.
Other Natural Therapies: Other therapies used in Ayurveda to treat allergies include massage, aromatherapy, and marma therapy. These therapies work to restore balance and reduce inflammation in the body.
It is important to consult with an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner before taking any herbs or starting any therapies in order to ensure safe and effective treatment.
Disclaimer : Sandeep Kumar and Anupam Vasudeva are not GP, they have Ayurveda medical degree from India where it is considered equal to any other medical degree. This qualification is recognized in Australia by vetassess governing body as Complementary Health Therapists. Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic does not claim to cure a disease or terminal illness and does not create any unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment. Ayurvedic medicines and treatments are generally considered to be safe but rarely may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. We recommend seeking urgent medical attention in the case of an adverse reaction. This website provides you with information. You must contact your Ayurvedic or another health professional before you apply them. Read More