Cow Milk Allergy (Ksheeraalasaka)
Cow Milk Allergy/ Ksheeraalasaka
Cow milk allergy (CMA) also known as Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA), is one of the most common food allergies in babies, and usually appears before 1 year of age.Cow milk allergy is a hypersensitivity reactionto milk proteins mostly alpha S1-casein in cow’s milk (also in any other animal milk).It causes gastrointestinal, skin and respiratory symptoms and may even involveanaphylaxis which is a life threatening condition.
Since it is a disease usually appearing before the age of 1, it can be correlated to Ksheeraalasaka in Ayurveda. It is a disease of breast fed babies-Ksheerada(the exclusively breast fed) and KsheeraAnnada (partially breast fed baby oncomplementary feeds).Dr.Gupta’s IAFA provides efficient treatment for Cow milk allergy by assessing the specific condition of the patient.
Causes of Cow milk allergy
Cow Milk allergy is an abnormal response by the body’s immune system to milk and other products containing milk. An allergic reaction usually occurs soon consuming milk.The disease has two forms
- Non-antibody mediated.
CMA is most frequently caused by a Non-IgE-mediated mechanism. Non-IgE mediated allergies tend to resolve by 2 years of age, while IgE-mediated allergies resolve by 3 years of age.
Ayurvedic Reference of Cow Milk Allergy-Ksheeraalasaka
Symptoms of Cow milk allergy
- Colicky pain
- Constipation with or without perianal rash
- Blood and mucous in stool
- Mouth ulcers
- Atopic dermatitis
- Swelling of lips or eye lids (angioedema)
- Allergic shiners
- Otitis media
- Chronic cough
General/ extraintestinal manifestations of Cow allergies
- Distress, irritability
- Frequent crying episodes
- Nutritional deficiencies like iron deficiency anemia
- Joint pain/hypermobility
- Poor sleep
- Night sweats
- Bed wetting
In Ayurveda symptoms include,
- Shoola (abdominal pain)
- Bhrama (vertigo)
- Anaha (abdominal distension)
- Stambha (constipation)
- Jwara (fever)
- Atisara (diarrhea)
- Trishna (dehydration)
- Chardi (vomiting)
- Vaksanga (obstructed voice)
- Ksheetavana (eructations)
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Diet in Cow Milk allergy
Do’s (Pathya) in Cow Milk allergy
- Eat Dairy Rich in Enzymes and Probiotics to Aid Digestion
- Choose a High Quality Whey Protein Powder
- Godhuma(wheat), Barley, Ragi, effective in diarrhea, rich source of iron and other minerals.
- Green leafy vegetables cooked in oil/gheeprovides minerals, vitamins and fiber.
- Lentil soups with provides good quality proteins.
- Thin meat soups helps regain lost weight, improves immunity.
Don’ts (Apathya) in Cow Milk allergy
- Drink Ultra-Pasteurized and Homogenized Milk
- Consume Low Fat Milk Products
Yoga Therapy for Cow Milk allergy
Yoga therapy is extremely beneficial to treat Cow Milk allergy since there is an underlying psychological component in many of the intestinal diseases. Yogasanas and pranayama are more beneficial to the patients.
- Nadishodhana Pranayama
- Bhastrika Pranayama
Ayurvedic Treatment for Cow Milk allergy
Ksheeralasakais a form ofAjeerna (indigestion).The severity of the diseasedepends onthe degree ofAma (undigested metabolites) OrAgnimandya(reduced digestive power) whichis involved and the treatment is also selectedaccordingly. Shodhana(purificatory therapies)Ama pachana(increasing metabolism)Agnideepana (strengthening the digestive power)Stanyasodhana (purification of breast milk)Samana (pacification of Doshas).
Internal Medicines forCow Milk allergy
- VachadiganaKwatha( decoction)
- Jambu amra tindukakapithapatrakwatha
- Laghupanchamoolakwatha with milk
- Vamana(emesis) for mother and child
Single herbs used in Cow Milk allergy as per Ayurveda
- Kutaja( Holarrhenaantidysenterica)
- Bilwa(Aegle marmelos)
- Musta (Cyperusrotundus)
- Sunthi(Zingiber officinale)
- Amalaka(Phyllanthus emblica)
- Pathya(Terminalia chebula)
- Mridweeka(Vitis vinifera)
- Dadima (Punicagranatum)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist