Intelligent health care usually goes by the saying, “Prevention is better than cure.” Ayurveda backs this statement up wholeheartedly because maintaining a health-conscious lifestyle has an overall benefit to a person than only targeting problems when they come along. While many detrimental situations cannot be foreseen by us, something like seasonal allergies can be prevented by Ayurvedic treatment.
In Ayurveda, there are two categories of allergies that are recognized: asaatmya influences and amavisha influences. Asaatmya influences are those that a person is born with, such as dust or peanuts. These specific allergens can be easy to avoid unless your list of allergens is far too many to skip out in a meal. Amavisha influences, on the other hand, are developed later in a person’s life. It is a lot easier to handle amavisha allergens and is also known as seasonal or acquired sensitivities. Amavishas start off as the lesser dangerous toxin called ama, which is formed by incomplete digestion. When food is too heavy for the body to digest, it lodges itself in the colon and digestive tract. If the diet isn’t corrected, the ama finds its way to different organs or tissues and settles there, which then creates the reactive toxin, amavisha.
Given time, these allergies only get worse if not addressed. Dreading a change in season shouldn’t be such a lifestyle-changing occurrence, and so a few preventive measures will help you stay sniff-free for a long time to come. We’ve put together some simple Ayurvedic treatments for allergies that you can follow for a healthier system.
Always ensure that the food you eat has lots of veggies and is warm. Warm, cooked food gives the digestive fire a chance to rest. When the digestion is low, it can’t derive the nutrition stored in raw foods. The food isn’t digested well enough and so it creates toxins. To avoid this, include salads and fruits in your daily diet and watch your digestion kick into gear!
This is the practice of putting herbalized drops of oil in the nasal opening. This helps keep the allergens from directly causing irritation in the nasal cavity and thus avoiding any respiration-related allergies from being formed. Because of the direct contact of the oil and the nasal passages, the benefits of the herbs are absorbed immediately and is advantageous to the immune system.
Prevention works only if you’ve been following the routine, even before the chances of the allergy to act up come along. In case of an already present toxin, cleansing the body can work wonders. Since the digestive system plays the most important role in maintaining overall optimum health, doing something that could improve this system is the best method of fighting against allergies. An Ayurvedic cleanse gets rid of the toxins and reboots the digestion, assisting the body to work against harmful foreign bodies.
No dairy products
Or just very, very limited consumption of the above. This includes cutting off cold milk products almost completely, and sparse consuming of the warmer products. Eliminating milk from your diet is beneficial because it has the same properties as too much Kapha and phlegm – it is cold, heavy, and dense. Too much Kapha in your body can cause asthma or even depression. It is important for this to be balanced or at least reduced, and so, controlling how much milk you ingest can help treat allergies.
For anyone with allergies that act up seasonally, a neti pot is absolutely essential. A neti pot is a nasal rinse cup, which helps flush out the nasal cavity with a saline solution. The benefits include improved sinus symptoms and decreased sinus medication use. The neti pot can be used multiple times in a day because all it does is reduce congestion and allergens which irritate the nasal passage and the sinuses.
The best part about Indian food is the spices we use in everything we eat. Our vegetables are always seasoned with chilli, turmeric, ginger, and/or garlic, and many Indian desserts we make include cinnamon. These spices, along with a few more Ayurvedic herbs like tulsi and licorice, support and rejuvenate the respiratory system.
Regardless of allergies, diets, varying lifestyles, the only thing that should be consistent in everyone’s lives should be exercising! Having a strong cardiovascular system has no downside to it at all. Along with basic cardio exercises, practising pranayama, or breathing techniques can bring a sense of serenity to the mind. It helps in retaining attention and keeping calm. Practising anulom-vilom and kapalbharti have proven to be very beneficial to one’s body.
Watch this video to know the natural ways to treat allergy explained by Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Following each of these, or even a combination of these Ayurvedic treatments for allergies can help a person against harmful toxins on a day-to-day basis. Choose Ayurveda to live a healthier life, naturally.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Ramchandra Konduskar
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd