Allergies

Allergies

Allergies occur when the body’s immune system reacts to specific substances misinterpreting it as harmful. The most common allergic reactions manifest as skin and respiratory disorders causing nasal allergies, eye allergies skin allergies such as eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma and food allergies.

Causes

Both internal as well as external factors cause allergic reactions. Internal factors include heredity, sex, race and age while external factors are based in the surrounding or the environment such as exposure to infectious diseases during early childhood, environmental pollution, allergen levels and dietary changes.

Symptoms

  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Breathlessness
  • Itchy, watery eyes and nose
  • Eczema

Ayurvedic View
Ayurveda relates allergy to improper digestion which justifies preliminary symptoms such as indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. This dysfunction in digestive system results due to hypersensitivity to allergens such as dust and pollen. Deposits of ama (toxins) in the lungs and respiratory tract block the channels causing wheezing, coughing or sneezing.
Ayurvedic treatment for allergies includes pacifying imbalanced dosha, re-establishing proper digestion with herbal formulations and diet and lifestyle changes.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Eat 2 hours before sleeping.
  • Herbal teas are beneficial for allergies.
  • Avoid heavy foods including fried and cold foods, dairy products, rice, beans and legumes
  • Avoid using spices, pickles and chilies in cooking.
  • Honey, nuts and seeds can be taken.
  • Excessive physical work should be avoided.
  • Yoga and breathing exercises (Pranayama) can be practiced.

Home Remedies

  • Combine carrot juice with beet and cucumber juices and drink when symptoms exaggerate.
  • Add half lime and honey to lukewarm water and take it once a day in the morning on empty stomach.
  • Add 5 drops of castor oil to any fruit or vegetable juice or water and consume on an empty stomach.