Ayurvedic Approach To Seasonal Allergies

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Ayurvedic Approach to Seasonal Allergies - Blog by Santhigram Kerala Ayurveda

Tackle Seasonal Allergies in the Ayurvedic Way 

How many of life’s pleasantries are lost to you because of constant runny nose or an asthma attack? How many flowers have left you wondering about their smell because to sniff one would bring on an onslaught of sneezing? Yes, our immune system is a great and at the same time, a complex system. When working perfectly it do a great job by keeping ever alert to foreign bodies and toxins affecting our body. But in an imbalanced state, it either acts too vigorously or turns weak. Allergies are the result of vigorous action of our immune system, which is over reacting to environmental changes like change in weather, sound and light or to some substances which are usually harmless.

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So if you are walking around carrying pills and sprays in your pocket to tackle seasonal allergies, then it is time to rethink. This is because, the root of a problem needs to be analysed and corrected, rather than suppressing your over reacting immunity using steroids. So, it’s time to consider an Ayurvedic approach to tackle allergies, as Ayurveda analyses the underlying cause of allergies and prevents you from being a victim, rather than treating at a later stage as a patient.

Cause of allergies according to Ayurveda

The Ayurvedic system of medicine categorises allergies into two types. The first one is heredity; it is said that you have risk of having allergies if one of your parent is allergic. The probability increases to if both your parents are allergic. The second type of allergy is seasonal allergies, which you may develop at a later stage of your life. This is the result of external influences on the body.

According to Ayurveda, a person’s inner resilience, which is called as the digestive fire, or Agni, his mind-body constitution (doshas) and the quantity of allergens that enters the individuals’ body are taken into account while treating allergies. The science of Ayurveda teaches the techniques to strengthen our Agni, improve our mind-body balance and to avoid toxic exposure.

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If our agni is strong, we can take positive energy from the atmosphere and eliminate whatever we don’t need. A strong Agni also prevents aggressive body responses to foreign materials, and removes them in a healthy way. Or in other words, Ayurveda aids a balanced immunity.

Understanding your type of body constitution and thereby its tendencies, or dosha is the first step, which an Ayurvedic physician can help you out and thereby prescribe specific preventive methods or treatments for seasonal allergies. Ayurvedic theory also outlines that the main cause of seasonal allergies are the building-up of toxins (amavisha), which is formed when a person partake food that is unsuitable for his body constitution. When allergens come into contact with amavisha, they create an allergic reaction.

Three Simple Ways to Combat Allergies

According to Ayurveda, a healthy diet and lifestyle can maintain the balance between the different doshas. Ayurvedic treatment places a lot of importance on what you eat. Each allergy sufferer is different in the eyes of Ayurveda, and each will have their own treatment given out by the physician. But the basics revolve around a healthy diet, strengthening the agni and detoxifying the body.

Below are 3 simple steps to keep away from seasonal allergies:

  1. Strengthening the inner fire through yoga & meditation: As stated earlier, Ayurveda stresses the importance of a strong digestive fire or Agni. Strengthening the Agni will strengthen the body, and this can be achieved through regular meditation and elimination of ama.

    When the body has a strong Agni, it can take in energy and information from the surroundings better. Regular meditation and yoga can calm the mind and increase the body’s capability of extracting nourishment from the environment, thus effectively detoxifying the system.

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  2. Detoxification through diet: The environmental changes during the onset of a new season would interact with the body, due to the imbalance between the different doshas and can result in the accumulation of ama. So the amavisha should be flushed out before each season, whether you are allergic or not. This will prepare the body to accept any changes that occur in the new season.

    Therefore, as each season wanes into another, the body needs to be detoxified so that it is better prepared for the changes. Detoxifying the body also helps in cleansing the shrotas or the micro-channels in the cells through which transport of nutrients and waste products takes place.

  3. Eat according to the seasons: A seasonal diet is recommended by Ayurveda, especially for people who suffer from seasonal allergies. For example, during the Kapha season (springtime), stay away from greasy food and have lots of soup and green food to prevent allergies occurring due to Kapha imbalance.

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