Ayurvedic perspective on allergies

Many of us feel helpless and even desperate when faced with bouts of spring or some other type of allergy. Fortunately, Ayurveda is able to offer a sustainable solution to the problem, with natural remedies in its arsenal, depending on the constitution and following a certain diet. According to Ayurveda, an allergic reaction is caused by a certain substance (allergen) that excites a specific dosha: Vata, Pitta or Kapha. In this connection, first of all, the Ayurvedic doctor determines what type of dosha allergy belongs to in each individual case, for each specific person. It is possible that an imbalance of more than one dosha is involved in the process. This type of allergy is associated with the digestive tract with symptoms such as belching, bloating, flatulence, gurgling and colic in the intestines. They may also include Vata-specific conditions such as headache, ringing in the ears, joint pain, sciatica, spasms, insomnia, and nightmares. Foods that bring Vata out of balance include raw foods, large amounts of beans, cold foods, dryers, crackers, cookies, and popular fast food snacks. These foods exacerbate allergies associated with Vata dosha. Bringing Vata into balance. It is important to stay warm, calm, drink enough water, and eat a Vata-pacifying diet. Ginger tea with a few drops of ghee is highly recommended. Since Vata dosha is located in the intestines of a person, it is important to put it in order, which will result in a weakening and elimination of allergies. As a rule, pitta allergies are manifested by skin reactions in the form of hives, itching, eczema, dermatitis, and can also be expressed in inflamed eyes. The states that characterize Pitta include sharpness, heat, fire. When allergens with the corresponding properties enter the bloodstream, a manifestation of Pitta allergy occurs. In the gastrointestinal tract, it can be heartburn, indigestion, nausea, vomiting. Spicy foods, spices, citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and fermented foods are all things Pitta fears. The listed foods should be avoided or minimized by those with Pitta constitution and allergies. Lifestyle recommendations include cleansing the blood of toxins, following a proper diet with cooling foods, and avoiding exercise during hot weather. For allergies, try Neem and Manjistha Cleansing Blend. Drink water with crushed herbs 3 times a day after meals. To soothe inflamed skin, use Neem oil externally and cilantro juice internally. Allergy symptoms related to Kapha imbalance are irritation of the mucous membranes, hay fever, cough, sinusitis, fluid retention, bronchial asthma. In the digestive tract, kapha manifests itself as heaviness in the stomach, sluggish digestion. Possible relationship with food. Foods that tend to aggravate the symptoms of Kapha allergy: milk, yogurt, cheese, wheat, cucumbers, watermelons. A dry, warm climate is recommended. Try to avoid daytime naps, stay active, and maintain a Kapha-friendly diet. Tea with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom or cloves helps to remove excess Kapha.

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