Allergic Rhinitis (Vata-Kaphaj Pratishyay)
Ayurvedic Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) : Symptoms, Causes, Types, Do's, Don'ts, Yoga, Ayurvedic : Complete Ayurveda Details
Rhinitis is a short-term and big problem characterized by the symptoms produced by nasal irritation or inflammation. Culprits are small particles like dust, pollen, dirt, germs, mold and microscopic viruses or bacteria, or some environmental factors that act as an allergen that triggers Allergic Rhinitis. The human immune system is well designed to recognize any foreign body. The nasal lining systematically produces mucus, which traps these foreign bodies. This contaminated mucus flows from the front of the nose and drains down the back of the throat naturally.
If the immune system of a person is oversensitive it will react to these foreign bodies and now these foreign bodies are termed allergens. Antibodies are produced to fight against this allergen (antigen). Antigen-Antibody complex developed whenever antigen comes in contact with the nasal passage of your nose and throat internally, these antibodies cause cells to release a number of chemicals, including histamines. The irritated nasal mucous membrane becomes inflamed and produces too much mucous. This thick mucus, or contains irritating substances can flow from the front nasal opening as a sign of a runny nose, or become noticeable from the back, as post-nasal drip, or as a cough for clearing the throat.
Thus resulting in something wrong typical symptoms like continuous sneezing, runny or blocked nose, irritation in nose & eyes and in the throat, headache, febrile body, etc. Arbitrarily, rhinitis lasting less than six weeks is called acute rhinitis, and persistent symptoms are called chronic rhinitis.
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Classification of Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis is one of the most common chronic diseases and is estimated to affect between 10 to 20 percent of the population in the world.
Allergic rhinitis can be classified into three types:
1. Seasonal Rhinitis
It is also known as Hay fever, which is triggered by exposure to outdoor environmental causes like allergens, such as pollen from plants. The term hay fever is a misnomer in medical science.
NO HAY, NO FEVER SO WHY IT IS “HAY FEVER?”
“Hay fever” is a turn-of-the-century term that has come to describe the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, especially when it occurs in the late summer. Although, the signs and symptoms are not caused by hay, in real ragweed is one of the main culprits. Secondly, seasonal rhinitis is not accompanied by fever.
Causes of Hay Fever or Seasonal Rhinitis
Summer is the main season of production of pollens, so hay fever symptoms are generally at their most intense in summers. Primary triggers of hay fever are:
- Grass pollen
- Pollen from trees
- Weed pollen
- Airborne mold
2. Perennial Rhinitis
The term perennial itself means which occurs all year round and symptoms last for an hour or more each day, however, in some cases the severity of the condition will vary over the course of the year in allergens like dust, animal hair, and mold.
Causes of Perennial Rhinitis
Perennial Rhinitis is commonly provoked by allergens:
- Dust mite feces
- Pet dander, Saliva, urine
- Cockroach and other insect feces
- Indoor mold
3. Occupational Rhinitis
The term occupational itself means the symptoms of allergic rhinitis only occur in a particular work environment, then this is known as occupational rhinitis. Allergens that cause perennial rhinitis are often involved, such as animal allergies for laboratory and farmworkers.
Causes of Occupational Rhinitis
Environments according to different work are:
- Grain dust affecting farmers and agricultural workers
- Cement factory workers
- Flour affecting bakers
- Agro mills and factories
- Latex affecting medical workers wearing gloves
- Fish and seafood proteins affecting factory and kitchen workers
On the basis of allergic and nonallergic; Allergic Rhinitis is also differentiated into two:-
1. Allergic Rhinitis
The cause is weak immunity and causative factors are Pollen, Dust, Dirt, Mites, Smoke, Strong Odor, etc.
2. Non-Allergic Rhinitis
It is also named Vasomotor Rhinitis. Many odors in sufficiently high concentrations will cause nasal irritation in almost anyone. Vasomotor rhinitis seems to be an exaggeration of the normal nasal response to irritation; In this case, allergens are not culprits.
Irritants that can worsen non-allergic rhinitis:-
- Cigarette smoke or wood smoke
- Changes in temperature
Ayurveda Concept of Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic Rhinitis is compared with Vata Kapha (are bio energies or life forces of the body) Pratishyay (Rhinitis).
In this, Virudha Aahar (wrong food combinations), Asatmya (unsuitable food), and Ama (body toxins) predict allergic conditions. The product of impaired digestion and metabolism is Ama, which affects Rasa (extract of food) and Rakta Dhatu (blood cells) producing Pratishyay. Virudha Aahar likes eating fruits mixed with milk, milk with fish, ice creams after dinner, honey with clarified butter, etc. leads to allergy.
Classification of Allergic Rhinitis as Per Ayurveda
Following are the types of allergic rhinitis according to Symptoms:
- Vataj Pratishyay – Nasal Congestion
- Vataj Pratishyay – Sneezing
- Kaphaj Pratishyay – Breathlessness
- Kaphaj Vataj Pratishyay – Nasal Discharge
- Kaphaj Vataj Pratishyay – Headache
Ayurvedic Reference of Allergic Rhinitis
Diagnosis of Allergic Rhinitis as Per Ayurveda: Ashtvidh Pariksha (Eightfold Examination)
In Ayurveda, Ashtvidh Pariksha (Eightfold Examination) has its own importance. The disease is diagnosed with Ashtvidh Parikshan. Nadi Pariksha (Pulse Examination), Mala Pariksha (Stool Examination), Mutra Pariksha (Urine Examination), Jihwa Pariksha (Tongue Examination), Shabda Pariksha (Voice Examination), Sparsha Pariksha (Skin Examination), Drika Pariksha (Eye Examination), Akriti Pariksha (General appearance of a person).
In Ashtvidh Pariksha:-
1) Nadi Pariksha or Pulse examination:- Nadi Pariksha or Pulse examination is very important. In Pulse Examination, Ayurvedic Vaidya can analyze:-
1. Current status of the Person‘s Body, Mind, Spirit, and Soul
2. Symptoms of imbalance Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
3. Disease reaction in Human Body.
In Allergic Rhinitis Nadi Rate, Rhythm, Volume, and Force are like Snake & Swan.
2) In Mutra Pariksha (Urine Examination):- Mutra is examined by naked eyes – Urine appears Pandu (Pale), Phenayukta (Foamy) in Allergic Rhinitis (Vata Kaphaj Pratishyay).
3) In Mala Pariksha (Stool Examination):- Mala or Stool is examined by naked eyes – Mala appears Hard, Kapisha (Brown colored).
4) Jihwa Pariksha (Tongue Examination):- Jihwa appears cold, rough, whitish, and sticky.
5) Shabda Pariksha (Voice Examination):- The voice becomes hoarse, guru (heavy), etc.
6) Sparsha Pariksha (Skin Examination):- Appears rough, wet, warm, etc.
7) Drika Pariksha (Eyes Examination):- Eyes appear pluta (watery), snigdha (greasy), kanduyukta (itchy), roudra (reddish, terrifying)
8) Akriti Pariksha (General Appearance):- The overall physique of a person is indicative of a person’s stamina, strength & life forces and Ayurvedic physicians can get information from akriti pariksha or the general appearance of the person.
Causes of Allergic Rhinitis as Per Ayurveda
- Increase in Kapha Dosha,
- Virudha Aahar (wrong food combinations),
- Poor Digestion,
- Pet Animals,
- Cold Temperature etc.
Signs and Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis as Per Ayurveda
क्षवप्रव्रुत्ति: शिरसोs तिपूर्णतास्तम्भोsगमर्द: परिह्रष्टरोमता।
The above shloka of Ayurveda explains signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis or vata kapha pratishyay, as:-
- Nasal Congestion
- Nasal Discharge
- Itching in Nose and Oral part
- Loss of Taste, etc.
“What people don’t realize is most ancient Ayurveda Immunization is designed by Acharya Kashyapa to gain natural immunity against allergies. For new borne and the people who have more moderate to severe nasal allergies, raw honey made by forest bees having almost all pollens extract acts as an ayurvedic vaccination.”
– Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)
Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
CEO & Founder of IAFA®
Ayurvedic Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic Rhinitis is well known for its recurrence & chronicity. Recurrence of disease happens only when the vitiate dosha has not been eradicated completely. These doshas reside in the body in their latent stage & when they come in contact with aggravating factors give rise to the same disease again.
Viewing this concept, Ayurvedic treatment of Allergic Rhinitis includes avoiding allergens causing the reaction (Nidana Parivarjana), Detoxification (Shodhana), Pacification (Shaman) & Rejuvenation (Rasayana) with below-given treatment measures.
Internal Medications for Allergic Rhinitis
- Anand Bhairav Rasa
- Tribhuvan Kirti Rasa
- Lavangadi Vati
- Sitopaladi Churna
- Guduchyadi Yoga
- Marichyadi Yoga
- Vyoshadi Vati
- Khadiradi Vati
- Anu Thailam
- Pipalaydi Nasya
- Vidangadi Nasya
- Chaturjatak Nasya
- Churna Nasya
- Chyawanprash Rasayana
- Chitrak Haritaki Rasayana
- Agastya Haritaki Rasayana
- Vyaghri Haritaki Rasayana
- Vasa Avaleha
External Therapies for Allergic Rhinitis
- Snehana (External oleation): Specially to the forehead with oil.
- Swedana (Fomentation): Gentle sudation with hands or upahada swedan.
- Dhumapana (Smoking herbal drugs).
Purificatory Therapies for Allergic Rhinitis
- Vamana: Sodhana (purificatory) therapy intended for the removal of vitiated Kapha dosha.
- Nasya: Nasya has dual action i.e. pacificatory and purificatory & it promotes the strength of indriya.
- Vasti: Recommended for correction of Vata.
Single Herbs Used in Allergic Rhinitis as Per Ayurveda
- Kantkari (Solanum surattense)
- Vasa (Adhatoda vasica)
- Madhuyashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
- Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum)
- Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa)
- Bibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica)
- Shati (Hedychium spicatum)
- Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
- Shirisha (Albizia lebbeck)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
Dietary Management of Allergic Rhinitis as Per Ayurveda
- Consume lukewarm water and food
- Less spicy light food
- Heavy Meals,
- Fermented Food,
- Cold Food,
- Cold Beverages,
- Virudha Aahar (wrong food combinations),
- White Flour (Maida),
- Daily head shower,
Lifestyle Improvement of Allergic Rhinitis as Per Ayurveda
- Keep watch and stay away from the Particles which causes irritation or allergy
- Take a warm water bath daily
- Regularly take nose inhalation steam
- Don’t sleep in the daytime, especially after lunch
- In cold temperatures, wear warm clothes
- Eat slowly and properly for effective digestion
- Do regular yoga and exercise daily
Yoga & Asanas in Allergic Rhinitis as Per Ayurveda
Some Yoga poses are specific, it will help to control Allergic Rhinitis. These Yogasanas will improve breathing, fixes intestinal functioning, improve mental state, keep fit and energetic, and decrease the intensity of Allergic symptoms.
- Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Seasonal Allergy Chapter No. 8, Page No. 50-54.
- Agnivesha. Charaka Samhita, Comm. Chakrapanidatta Ed. R.K. Sharma, Bhagwandash, Chowkambha Sanskrita Series, Varanasi, 1984, Sutra Sthana 11/43.
- Sushruta. Sushruta Samhita Dalhana Commentary – Nibandhasangraha, edited by Vaidya Jadavaji Trikamji Acharya, Chaukhamba Surbharti Prakashana, Varanasi, 2012, Sutra Sthana 1/15.
- Sharma PV, Dravyaguna vijnana – volume II, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India: Chaukhambha Bharati Academy; 2001.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)