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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

  • Antibody-mediated, 
  • 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

Gastrointestinal symptoms

  • Colicky pain
  • Regurgitation 
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation with or without perianal rash
  • Blood and mucous in stool
  • Mouth ulcers



  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Swelling of lips or eye lids (angioedema)
  • Urticaria
  • Allergic shiners


Respiratory tract

  • Rhinitis
  • Otitis media
  • Chronic cough
  • Wheezing


General/ extraintestinal manifestations of Cow allergies 

  • Distress, irritability
  • Frequent crying episodes 
  • Fatigue
  • Nutritional deficiencies like iron deficiency anemia 
  • Joint pain/hypermobility
  • Poor sleep
  • Night sweats
  • Headache
  • 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)

Dr.Gupta’s provides efficient treatment for Cow milk allergy by assessing the specific condition of the patient. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® offers pure and authentic Ayurvedic Management for Cow Milk allergy. IAFA provides the best care and service for all your health problems”.

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Master’s in Health Administration

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.

Postures include,

  • Pavanamukthasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Sirsasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Paschitmoasana

Pranayama include,

  • Kapalbhati
  • 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)
  • HaridradiganaKwatha
  • Pathadimahakashaya
  • Jambu amra tindukakapithapatrakwatha

  • Vilwabhangasyakwatha
  • Musthadistanyasodhanakwatha
  • Laghupanchamoolakwatha with milk

Purificatory Therapies

  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What isCow Milk allergy?

Answer: Cow Milk allergy is a condition in which there is an abnormal response of body’s immune system to a protein found in cow’s milk, which causes injury to the stomach and intestines.

Question: What are the causes of Cow Milk allergy?

Answer: It is a hypersensitivity reactionto milk proteins mostly alpha S1-casein in cow’s milk caused by an abnormal immune system.

Question: What is the Ayurvedic treatment for Cow Milk allergy?

Answer: Ayurvedic treatmentinclude purificatorymeasures which purifies the gut of the mother and the child and expels the allergens ingested. It also improves the digestive power and thus helps in improving digestion and metabolizing the undigested elements.

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