Fish Allergy – Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

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Allergies to shellfish and fish are more common in adults and adolescents than in young children. A recent study estimated that one in every 100 people has a seafood allergy. The types of seafood that can cause allergies include scaly fish and shellfish, including molluscs (such as oysters, mussels and squid) and crustaceans (such as prawns, crayfish and yabbies). Allergic reactions to fish are typically mild, but all reactions can be unpredictable. Although rare, severe and potentially life-threatening reactions can also occur.

In Ayurveda, there is an important disease preventive concept described by all the samhitas in Ayurveda known as “satmya”. According to this concept diet or medicine which suits to one person may not be suits to another person & this is the reason diet may vary according to desha (places of living). Therefore, if any food or medicine which is non-conducive is taken, it causes alternate effects on body. Allergies comes under this concept and therefore, Fish allergy causes allergy in individuals who are ‘asatmya’ to that and there will be an immune reaction.

Causes of Fish Allergy

For all allergies, the immune system reacts to specific allergy triggers (allergens). Our immune system produces antibodies that detect the allergen and cause inflammatory reactions and the release of a chemical called histamine. Histamine causes hives, hay fever and other allergic symptoms. Allergic reactions to fish are mainly caused by a specific kind of protein called parvalbumin.

Symptoms of Fish Allergy

As with other food allergies, the symptoms of a fish allergy may range from mild to severe. They include:

  • Hives or a skin rash
  • Nausea, stomach cramps, indigestion, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Stuffy or runny nose and/or sneezing
  • Headaches
  • Asthma

Ayurvedic References of Fish Allergy

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Ayurvedic Treatment for Fish Allergy

Asatmya is a term which means intolerance. This tolerance or intolerance can be towards any medicine, food, weather, or any habits. Ayurveda believes that Asatmya is a result of weak or imbalanced Agni (digestive fire). A weak Agni means there is Ama (toxin) formation in the body Treatment involves Shamana chikitsa (internal medicines), Shodhana chikitsa (Panchakarma therapy), life style modifications and very strict diet regimen.

Internal Medicines for Fish Allergy

  • Guluchyadi Kashaya
  • Drakshadi Kashaya
  • Hingvadi Vati
  • Kutajaghana Vati
  • Chitrakadi Vati
  • Shivakshara Churna
  • Trikatu Churna
  • Dadimadi Ghritham
  • Guduchi Satva
  • Pravala Panchamrita

Purificatory Therapies

  • Vamana (Emesis therapy) 
  • Virechna (Purgation therapy) 
  • Asthapana Vasti (Medicated enema) 

Single Herbs Used in Fish Allergy

  • Pippalimoola (Piper longum)
  • Chavya (Piper chaba)
  • Sunthi (Zingiber officinale)
  • Amlavetasa (Garcinia pedunculata)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Kutaja (Holarrhena Antidysenterica)
  • Bilwa (Aegle marmelos)
  • Musta (Cyperus rotundus)
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Diet Management in Fish Allergy

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Avoid all fish, as well as products that contain them and products that have undergone processing in the same facilities as these foods.
  • Recognizing allergy symptoms and taking prompt action if they develop.

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Avoid these and look for them on food labels:
  • Fish gelatin, made from the skin and bones of fish
  • Fish oil
  • Fish sticks (some people make the mistake of thinking these don’t contain real fish)

Yoga Therapy for Fish Allergy

Yogasanas and pranayama are very effective in Fish Allergy.

Postures include:-

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

Pranayama include:-

  • Kapalbhati
  • Nadishodhana Pranayama 
  • Bhastrika Pranayama

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Fish Allergy?

Answer: A fish allergy is a type of food allergy in which the person is allergic to some types of fish but not others. Although most allergic reactions to fish happen when someone eats fish, sometimes people can react to touching fish or breathing in vapors from cooking fish.

Question: What are the Causes of Fish Allergy?

Answer: Fish allergy is a pathophysiological, IgE-mediated immune response to specific fish proteins.

Question: What is the Ayurveda Treatment of Fish Allergy?

Answer: If patient is healthy then sodhanchikitsa (purificatory) should be done with vamana, virechan and then shaman (palliative) chikitsa should be done with advised diet and medicines.

Dr. Gupta’s IAFA provides better care and fruitful treatment for the treatment of Fish allergy.

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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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