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    Allergic Rhinitis (Vata-Kaphaj Pratishyay)

    उपद्रवाश्चापेप्रुथग्विधानरुणांप्रतिश्यायपुर:सरा: स्म्रुता:॥

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)


    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 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.


    Dr. Gupta’s IAFA suggests taking a detailed examination with an Ayurvedic allergy specialist for understanding the root cause behind the ailment. Your search related to herbal remedies for allergic rhinitis, natural treatment for allergic rhinitis, and alternative treatment for allergic rhinitis end here. Consult with Dr. Sahil Gupta (BAMS, MHA) and follow his guideline, you will be fine soon.


    • Increase in Kapha Dosha,
    • Virudha Aahar (wrong food combinations),
    • Pollen,
    • Dust,
    • Poor Digestion,
    • Pet Animals,
    • Cold Temperature etc.

    Ayurvedic reference 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, 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 misnomer in medical science.


    “Hay fever” is a turn-of-the-century term which 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 allergen 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 farm workers

    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 non allergic; Allergic Rhinitis is also differentiated into two

    Allergic Rhinitis

    Cause is weak immunity and causative factors are Pollen, Dust, Dirt, Mites, Smoke, Strong Odor, etc.


    Non-Allergic Rhinitis

    It is also named as Vasomotor Rhinitis. Many odors in sufficiently high concentration 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
    • Fumes
    • Humidity
    • Pollution
    • Changes in temperature

    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®


    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 like eating fruits mixed with milk, milk with fish, ice creams after dinner, honey with clarified butter etc. leads allergy.


    Following are the types of allergic rhinitis according to Symptoms:

    • VatajPratishyay- Nasal Congestion
    • VatajPratishyay- Sneezing
    • Kaphaj Pratishyay- Breathlessness
    • Kaphaj VatajPratishyay- Nasal Discharge
    • Kaphaj VatajPratishyay- Headache


    In Ayurveda, Ashtvidh Pariksha (Eight-fold Examination) has its own importance. 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), AkritiPariksha (General appearance of a person).

    In Ashtvidh Pariksha,

    Nadi Pariksha or Pulse examination

    Nadi Pariksha or Pulse examination is very important. In Pulse Examination, Ayurvedic Vaidya can analyse,

    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.


    In Mutra Pariksha (Urine Examination)

    Mutra is examined by naked eyes – Urine appears Pandu (Pale), Phenayukta (Foamy) in Allergic Rhinitis (Vata Kaphaj Pratishyay).


    In Mala Pariksha (Stool Examination)

    Mala or Stool is examined by naked eyes – Mala appears Hard, Kapisha (Brown coloured).


    Jihwa Pariksha (Tongue Examination)

    Jihwa appears cold, rough, whitish, and sticky.


    Shabda Pariksha (Voice Examination)

    Voice becomes hoarse, guru (heavy) etc.


    Sparsha Pariksha (Skin Examination)

    Appears rough, wet, warm, etc.


    Drika Pariksha (Eyes Examination)

    Eyes appears pluta (watery), snigdha (greasy), kanduyukta (itchy), roudra (reddish, terrifying)


    Akriti Pariksha (General Appearance)

    Overall physique of a person is indicative of person’s stamina, strength & life forces and Ayurvedic Physician can get information from akriti pariksha or general appearance of the person.


    क्षवप्रव्रुत्ति: शिरसोs तिपूर्णतास्तम्भोsगमर्द: परिह्रष्टरोमता।
    उपद्रवाश्चापेप्रुथग्विधानरुणांप्रतिश्यायपुर:सरा: स्म्रुता:॥

    The above shloka of Ayurveda explains signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis or vata kapha pratishyay, as

    • Sneezing
    • Headache
    • Nasal Congestion
    • Nasal Discharge
    • Itching in Nose and Oral part
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Loss of Taste etc


    Pathya (Do’s)

    • Consume lukewarm water and food
    • Less spicy light food
    • Soups

    Apathya (Don’ts)

    • Heavy Meals,
    • Fermented Food,
    • Cold Food,
    • Cold Beverages,
    • Virudha Aahar (wrong food combinations),
    • Curd,
    • White Flour (Maida),
    • Pickles,
    • Daily head shower,
    • Chocolates


    • Keep watch and stay away from the Particles which causes irritation or allergy
    • Take 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 effectivedigestion
    • Do regular Yoga and exercise daily


    Some Yoga poses are specific, it will help to control Allergic Rhinitis. These Yogasanas will improve breathing, fixes intestinal functioning, improves mental state, keeps fit and energetic, and decrease the intensity of Allergic symptoms.

    • Pavanmuktasan
    • Setubandhanasan
    • Vrukshasan
    • Virbhadrasan
    • Trikonasan
    • Ardhachandrasan

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis

    Allergic Rhinitis is well known for its recurrence & chronicity. Recurrence of disease happens only when the vitiate dosha have 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. IAFA provides Ayurvedic treatment based on this principle in a systematic manner which includes; avoid allergens causing reaction (Nidana Parivarjana), Detoxification (Shodhana), Pacification (Shaman) & Rejuvenation (Rasayana).

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    For External Use:

    External Therapies for Allergic Rhinitis:

    Dhumapana (Smoking Herbal Drugs): For Dhumapana or herbal smoking, IAFA provides a unique and efficient preparation for the ailments related to the respiratory tract such as Allergic Rhinitis.

    1. Nasal Air: One end of the wick is burned and the flame should be stopped. The medicated smoke coming out of the wick can be inhaled through alternate nostrils and eliminated by the oral route. The duration of herbal smoking should be 3-5 minutes.

    Purificatory Therapies for Allergic Rhinitis:

    Nasya: Nasya has dual action i.e. pacificatory and purificatory & it promotes the strength of indriya.

    1. Nasayoga Grutham: Instill 4-5 drops twice daily. 2-3 drops can be applied on the navel area before going to bed.
    2. Nasal All Clear X Drops: Instill 4-5 drops twice daily.

    Internal Medications:

    1. Total Care 3X Ras: Take 30-60 ml once a day in the morning.
    2. Respiratory Detox Tablet: Take 2 tablets twice a day before food.
    3. Respiro Detox Formula: Take ½ teaspoon (3 g approx.) with honey or lukewarm water twice in a day.
    4. IAFA Curcumin Capsule: Take 2 capsules daily on an empty stomach in the morning.
    5. IAFA Res Chai – 7: Take ½ teaspoon (2.5 g approx.) for 1 cup of tea twice in a day.

    Products Description:

    1. Nasal Air:

    IAFA’s Nasal Air can be used effectively in the ailments of the respiratory tract. This unique dhoopam wick is used for herbal smoking which is a beautiful blend of 7 herbs such as: Aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Shatahva (Anethum graveolens), Tvak (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Syonaka (Oroxylum indicum), Eranda (Ricinus communis) and Haridra (Curcuma longa).

    2. Nasayoga Grutham:

    Nasayoga Grutham contains herbal ingredients that are quite helpful for allergic rhinitis. It works by maintaining the physical barrier in between environmental pathogens and nose allergens. It contains Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) infused Gir Cow A2 Grutham which is approx 20 plus years old ghee.

    3. Nasal All Clear X Drops:

    Nasal All Clear X Drops by IAFA helps in clearing the nasal passages and aid in the treatment of respiratory tract infections including allergic rhinitis. It clears phlegm, opens nasal blockage and promotes breathing as well.It is a pure Ayurvedic herbal preparation having combination of 10 herbs such as: Jyotishmati (Celastrus Paniculata), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), Vidanga (Embeliaribes), Shigru (Moringa pterygosperma), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Nagarmotha (Cyperus rotundus), Bruhati (Solanum indicum), Sariva (Hemidesmus Indicus) and Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra).

    4. Total Care 3X Ras:

    The triple action formula of Total Care 3X Ras helps in alleviating symptoms of allergic rhinitis by providing relief in conditions like shallow breathing, cough, cold by improving the immune system. The herbs used in Total Care 3X are: Satyanashi (Argemone mexicana), Dronpushpi (Leucas cephalotes), Sirisha (Albizia lebbeck), Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Vasa Putapaka (Adhatodavasica), Dugdhika(Euphorbia hirta), Yavakashara (Hordeum vulgare) and Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra).

    5. IAFA Respiratory Detox Tablet:

    Respiratory Detox Tablet of IAFA acts as immumo-modulator which helps in increasing the level of antibodies and prepares the body to fight infections. The herbs present in Respiratory Detox Tablet are: Hingu (Ferula narthex), Surasa (Ocimum sanctum), Jivanti (Leptadenia reticulata), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri), Kanthkari (Solanum xanthocarpum), Bruhati (Solanum indicum), Agaru (Aquilaria agallocha), Pushkarmul (Iris germanica) and Ustekudus (Lavandula stoechas).

    6. Respiro Detox Formula:

    The antihistaminic property of IAFA’s Respiro Detox Formula helps in the management of allergic respiratory disorders. Ingredients of Respiro Detox Formula are: Giloy Satva, Tankan Bhasam, Saftik Bhasma, Godanti Bhasma and Abhrak Bhasma, Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Vanshlochan (Bamboo manna), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and Indian Silver Fir (Abies webbiana).

    7. IAFA Curcumin Capsule:

    IAFA’s Curcumin Capsules contain the 95% standardized extract of Curcuma longa along with 95% piperine extract. Curcumin present in turmeric acts as anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and analgesic agent thus providing relief in allergic rhinitis.

    8. IAFA Res Chai – 7:

    In addition to being delicious, IAFA Res Chai – 7 has health – promoting properties as well. This tea soothes the respiratory tract in a natural way. Herbs present in IAFA Res Chai – 7 are: Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Karpooravalli (Coleus aromaticus), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Changeri (Oxalis corniculata), Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), Talis patra (Abies webbiana), Joofa (Hyssopus officinalis), Choti Pippali (Piper longum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and Yavakshara (Hordeum vulgare).

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    For External Use:

    1. Nasayoga Grutham: Instill 1-3 drops in nose once daily. 1-3 drops can be applied on the navel during night as well.
    2. Nasal All Clear X Drops: Instill 1-3 drops in nose once daily.

    Internal Medications:

    1. Respiratory Care X Drops: 1 ml (1 dropper) with 10 ml water twice in a day.
    2. Shishu Laxoherb: 1 ml (1 dropper) with 10 ml of water twice a day.
    3. Respiro Detox Formula: 1/4 teaspoon (1 g approx.) with honey twice in a day.

    Product Description:

    1. Nasa Yoga Grutham:

    IAFA’s Nasayoga Grutham is a unique herbal formulation especially designed for providing strength and relieving itching and irritation in the nasal mucosa. The constituents of Nasayoga Grutham are Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and Go Grutham (GirCow ghee).

    2. Nasal All Clear X Drops:

    Nasal Clear X Drops contain a mixture of herbs that work in a synergistic manner to provide relief in allergic rhinitis in children by clearing phlegm and opening the nasal blockages. Therefore, its regular use promotes breathing as well. Herbs used in nasal all clear X drops are: Jyotishmati (Celastrus Paniculata), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), Vidanga (Embeliaribes), Shigru (Moringa pterygosperma), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Nagarmotha (Cyperus scariosus), Bruhati (Solanum indicum), Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus) and Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra).

    3. Respiratory Care X Drops:

    IAFA’s Respiratory Care X Drops is an herbal formula for kids which is a proprietary blend of 10 herbs that is safe and effective for kid’s respiratory health. The herbs present in Respiratory Care X Drops are: Vasa (Adhatoda Vasica), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Surasa (Ocimum sanctum), Jivanti (Leptadenia reticulata), Kantakari (Solanum surattense), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Bhumi Amalki (Phyllanthus niruri), Bruhati (Solanum indicum) and Agaru (Aquilaria agallocha).

    4. Shishu Laxoherb:

    Shishu Laxoherb is an excellent nature’s friendly preparation which can be safely used for kids. It corrects the digestive system in kids without causing any side effects. Ingredients of IAFA’s Shishu Laxoherb are: Revand Chini (Rheum emodi), Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), Anjeer (Ficus carica), Amaltaas (Cassia fistula) and Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra).

    5. Respiro Detox Formula:

    IAFA provides a safe and effective solution for kid’s health that helps in allergic rhinitis naturally. Composition of Respiro Detox Formula: Thales pathradi Choornam, Giloy Satva, Tankan Bhasam, Saftik Bhasma, Godanti Bhasam, Abhrak Bhasma, Black Pepper (Piper nigrum), Vanshlochan (Bamboo manna), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and Indian Silver Fir (Abies Webbiana).

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: How do I know that I have Allergic Rhinitis?

    Answer: One, who has Allergic Rhinitis, will have symptoms like common cold with heavy sneezing, itching in nose, throat & eyes, fatigue, etc.

    Question: What will happen if Allergic Rhinitis untreated?

    Answer: It becomes chronic and may lead to complications like chronic nasal obstruction, and inflammation etc.

    Question: Is Allergic Rhinitis serious?

    Answer: Allergic Rhinitis causes heavy sneezing, Itching and irritation in nose, eyes and in throat etc. It can cause sleep problems, interfering everyday life.

    Question: Is there a permanent treatment for Allergic Rhinitis in Ayurveda?

    Answer: Yes, Ayurveda treats Allergic Rhinitis permanently. 90% of patients who are suffering from allergies can become normal with correct IAFA ayurvedic treatment. Ayurveda has the potential benefit of relieving a large number of patients from the horrible attacks of allergic reaction in general and allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) in particular. It focuses on the body's immune system by reducing hypersensitivity to allergens. After administration of ayurvedic medicines, over a period of time, the patient reacts less aggressively to the triggers and gets better adapted to his environment.

    Question: Is taking antihistamines daily bad for my health in Allergic Rhinitis?

    Answer: For long term use it has many side effects like drowsiness, weight gain, changes in vision, dry mouth, upset stomach etc.

    Question: Can Allergic rhinitis be permanently wiped off?

    Answer: Yes, by IAFA root cause treatment in allergy disorders you can get permanent relief from this disease. Ayurveda the ancient method of treatment will help you in reducing the frequency of attacks of this disease and can prevent it from leading to different other disease like Asthma or Sinusitis.

    Question: Are there any home remedies I can follow to combat Allergic Rhinitis?

    Answer: Simple remedial measures such as warm water intake, taking hot herbal tea or help to clear the airways by unblocking the nose through Jal Neti. Eating food products rich in omega-3 fatty acids like flax seeds (alsi) almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and will lower the risk of developing allergies.

    Question: Is allergic rhinitis a contagious disease?

    Answer: Allergic rhinitis is not an infectious disease and never be transmitted from one person to other. The reason of the disease is a hypersensitivity reaction to certain substances, and this trait is individualistic.

    Question: How do I know if my child is suffering from Allergic rhinitis?

    Answer: Allergic rhinitis usually occurs after years of repeated inhalation of allergens. The most common symptoms to rule out are continuous sneezing with nasal discharge, itching, watering and redness of eyes. Inflammation can sometimes spread from nasal passages to the throat and ear producing postnasal drip and discomfort in ears. Some children can even complain of nasal blockage with mouth breathing at night. However, the final diagnosis can be made only by a broad certified ayurvedic allergist, on careful eight fold examination and history taking.

    Question: What causes my allergies to flare up within the spring?

    Answer: Pollen is that the presumably cause. Your immune system is designed to remember the pollen released by various plants. Each type of plant releases pollen at about the same time every year. In the early spring, trees are usually the first to release pollen usually. Grasses come next in the spring and early summer and weeds generally release their pollen in late summer. The specific types of pollen and the time of their release depend upon the local climate and vary around the country. People with hay fever (seasonal rhinitis) are often allergic to more than one type of pollen.

    Question: What will influence the severity of the allergic reaction season?

    Answer: Weather will influence the temporal arrangement and severity of the allergic reactions season. A gentle winter typically ends up in a lot of pollens. The grass season varies the foremost. If the spring is hotter and wetter than usual, then a lot of grass grows, that ends up in a lot of pollen season throughout the late spring and summer. However, rain will have edges; rain will wash pollens that have already been free out of the air.

    Question: I have always had normal nasal (rhinitis) symptoms, but this year, I have also developed asthma and food allergies. Is this a typical allergic response?

    Answer: This condition is called oral allergy syndrome. This occurs when cross-reactions between allergy pollen and fresh fruit cause itchiness and swelling in the mouth and throat after eating the food allergen. Although this is usually mild, you should be evaluated by your allergist, because sometimes the reaction can be severe.

    Question: Can allergies cause a fever?

    Answer: Generally, no. Allergies related to bacterial or viral infection can lead to a fever, we can indirectly blamed the fever on allergy.


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