Do your eyes water on windy days? Are you always stuffy when it rains? Do you have breathing issues when the season changes?
It’s not a surprise. Many people get rashes on the skin, itching, redness or swelling of the body after touching or eating something wrong, Unhealthy. Changing season is a common trigger for Allergy.
“Allergy” can be either genetic or caused by a reaction to Allergens (agents causing allergy, such as dust, pollen etc.). The latter one is easy to deal with. The symptoms and type of Allergy depend on the weather conditions, allergens, and their reaction with the Amavisha (a toxin in our bodies).
As per Ayurveda, seasonal and acquired sensitivities is caused due to a reactive type of toxin called Amavisha. Amavisha is formed, by Ama (simple toxin) which is created by incomplete digestion or eating unsuitable/heavy to digest food, which gets lodged in the colon and digestive tract. If the diet or lifestyle which is causing the accumulation of Ama in the digestive tract is not corrected, then the Ama can eventually travel to different organs or tissues in the body and lodge there. If not flushed out, eventually simple Ama interacts with the organs, tissues (dhatus) or functions of the body (subdoshas) where it is settled, and it develops into the reactive toxin called Amavisha. This is the basis of many disorders, according to Ayurveda.
Allergens add an extra element to this scenario. When substances such as dust or pollen interact with the Amavisha, this creates a reaction. It is the reactive nature of Amavisha that causes this to occur. Wherever they interact and interfere, these toxins make it hard for the cells to function properly in that part of the body.
Signs of Amavisha vary depending on which part of the body the Amavisha is located. If the Amavisha/allergen combination affects the skin, it could result in rashes, discoloration, roughness or irritation. The same mixture in the lungs is linked to respiratory issues. Amavisha/allergens in the intestinal tract cause GI tract distress.
In this post, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, natural remedies, and herbal medicines to help to control the allergy.
- Weak immune system
- Weak Agni (digestive fire)
- Ama accumulation (toxins)
- Due to imbalanced of dosha (Vata, Pitta or Kapha)
- Agni (digestive fire) determines which tissue or organ system will be affected.
- Number of allergens in the body
- Allergens (Dust, Pollen etc.)
- Detergents & Fragrances
- Bees or insects sitting or insect’s bites
- Vata related allergy
- Pitta related allergy
- Kapha related allergy
- Such people are allergic to dry, bitter, spicy foods, raw foods, cold foods, beans, cold dry and windy weather, excess stress.
- Bloating of stomach, flatulence, burping, abdominal pain, accompanying symptoms can be nerve pains, tingling sensations in limbs, loss of sleep, twitching of muscles, bone aches and pains, pains in joints, intestinal colic
- Sudden symptoms of an allergic reaction may start with wheezing, asthma, dizziness, giddiness, tinnitus, earaches and pains, headaches, constipation, anxiety, etc.
Healthy Lifestyle tips for Vata related Allergy:
- Avoid foods like potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, beans, bitter and astringent foods.
- Avoid cold, dry and windy weather.
- Includes mild sweet, sour and salty food in your diet.
- Avoid food like spicy, sour and salty foods along with citric fruits. Also avoid hot weather and extremely sunny conditions because some people have very sensitive skin due to certain fabrics, metals, synthetic material, etc.
- Allergy-related to Pitta dosha: the main part which gets affected easily are skin, eyes, parts of the digestive system, liver and spleen.
- Symptoms which are shown in body parts are red rashes, urticaria, and allergic dermatitis, and eczema, redness of the skin with itching, heartburn, nausea, acidity, diarrhea, burning and redness of the eyes.
Healthy Lifestyle tips for Pitta related Allergy:
- Avoid spicy, salty sour foods, and astringent tastes like green vegetable and salads.
- Avoid direct contact with sun and sunlight & extremely hot weather.
- Herbs like sandalwood and Rosewater are good for the area which get affected.
- Drink Coconut water daily.
- Avoid food like sweet, sour, salty foods including dairy foods, cheese, yogurt, milk etc. & also fruits like cucumber, watermelon as they may lead to allergic reactions.
- The symptoms include a runny nose, mucus accumulation, high fever, congestive disorders, colds, cough and also Kapha related asthma. Other Kapha related allergic symptoms are water retention, heaviness in abdomen, sleeping disorders.
Healthy Lifestyle tips for Kapha related Allergy:
- Avoid cold, heavy foods like cheese, yogurt, milk, cream etc
- Avoid excess of sweet, sour and salty tastes.
- Favor more of bitter, spicy tastes.
- Avoid cold, rainy, wet weather.
- Sun salutations
- Anulom vilom
- Forwards bends
- Shitali Pranayama
- Moon salutations
- Shitkari Pranayama
- Spinal twists
- Chandra Bhedana
- Ujjayi Pranayama
- Chyawanprash: Chyawanprash is an herbal jam primarily aimed at supporting the immune system. It nourishes the mucous membranes. Chyawanprash promotes strong digestion and metabolism, reduces ama (natural toxins), and supports the body’s natural defenses.
Dosage: Take 1 tbsp of it with milk daily once in a day.
- Essential Oils for Allergies: Take few drops of Lavender oil because it has a natural antihistamine property, add few drops of Peppermint as it has anti-inflammatory properties & adds Lemon essential oil as works as a natural antihistamine.
Procedure: Put some drops of these essential oils in a bowl and add a few drops of coconut oil to it & mix and then place some oil on your cheeks, forehead, chest or sinuses.
Usage: Apply the oil directly to affected area once in a day.
- Cumin, Coriander, and Fennel Tea: This tea kindles the digestive fire and is particularly adept at clearing ama (natural toxins).
Procedure: To make this tea, take seeds of Cumin, Coriander, and Fennel in equal parts about 50gm each and add about ⅓ tbsp of each seed per cup of water.
Dosage: Drink the tea regularly once in a day.
- Ginger Tea: Take 1 cup of water and add ginger to it and some sugar and boil.
Dosage: Take the tea sip by sip once in a day for a few minutes.
- Mulethi Tea: Take 1 cup of water and add mulethi to it and some sugar and boil.
Dosage: Take the tea sip by sip once in a day for a few minutes.
- Nettle-Peppermint Tea: Take 1 tbsp of dried peppermint OR ¼ cup chopped fresh peppermint add 1 tbsp of dried nettle leaf and honey & add 8 ounces of fresh water.
Procedure: Place the nettle and peppermint in a mug and cover with boiling water. Steep them for 10-15 minutes & strain it & add honey to taste.
Dosage: Drink 2 times daily as needed for allergy relief.
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