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Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (Tamakaswasa)

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Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis- Tamakaswasa

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (HP) is a disease causing swelling of the lung tissue. This can cause breathing difficulties and can result in irreversible injury to lung tissue.Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis is caused by breathing ofcertain environmental allergens that lead to allergic reactions in the body. These allergens can be present at home, at workplace, or in surroundings. Animal fur, bird feathers and droppings, pollen and molds are examples of common allergens.In Ayurveda, a similar condition is explained as Tamakaswasa. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is working on various ailments caused by allergies. IAFA is the leading institution that provides the best Ayurvedic management for Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. 

Causes of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis is more easily affected to people havingsome specific occupations. These occupations include:

  • Those working with animals like farmers,veterinarians, bird or poultry handlers etc.
  • People involved in processingof grains, vegetables etc. 
  • People employed in wood mills.
  • People working in electronics, plastic manufacturing, and painting industries

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis is caused by inhalation of certain allergens into the lungs that result in inflammation of lungs. HP is usually caused suddenly about 4- 6 hours after inhalation of allergens. The causative allergens include:

  • Bacteria
  • Molds and fungi
  • Some chemicals
  • Certain proteins

Repeated exposure to the above allergens may keep the lungs inflamed. If exposed to low levels of allergens continuously for a longer period can also result in chronic HP. 


In Ayurveda, the reasons for TamakaSwasa include exposure to cold wind, humid climate, rain, and other Kapha aggravating factors.

Ayurvedic reference of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis- Tamakaswasa

Symptoms of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

The symptoms of acute HP may last between 12 hours and several days. Itincludes:

  • Cough usually without sputum
  • Tightness of chest
  • Shortness of breath

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

In chronic HP, rarely there occurs irreversible and permanent damageto the lung tissue,knownas pulmonary fibrosis. Due toreduced oxygen supply tobody tissues following symptoms are seen in pulmonary fibrosis:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Weight loss

  • Fast and shallow breathing
  • Rounding and widening of fingers

Symptoms of TamakaSwasa as explained in Ayurveda include cough, fatigue, tastelessness, hoarseness of voice, runny nose etc.

Dr.Gupta’s IAFA is dedicated in the genuine Ayurvedic management of various allergic illnesses including Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® is the most reliable institution for all your concerns about allergies”.

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-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
Master’s in Health Administration

Diet in Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Do’s (Pathya) in Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

  • Vegetarian diet
  • Fresh & warm food
  • Fruits and salads with sour taste
  • Hot & sour veg soup
  • Hot gruel 
  • Green gram preparations
  • Use of well-ventilated rooms especially during working & sleeping
  • Drink warm water intermittently
  • Steam inhalation with appropriate herbal medicines
  • Light exercise preferably brisk walking

Don’ts (Apathya) in Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

  • Milk & milk products
  • Non vegetarian diet
  • Deep fried food
  • Refrigerated food & drinks
  • Smoking
  • Travel and workingin polluted areas
  • Use of A/C rooms for working and sleeping
  • Travel to high altitude places
  • Suppression of natural urges
  • Exposure to humid atmosphere 

Yoga and Pranayama for Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Practice of Yoga is very effective in boosting functionality of body along with mind. Following asanas (postures) can be practiced:

  • Trikonasana
  • Gowmukhasana
  • ParipurnaNavasana
  • Matsyaasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • UrdhwamukhaSwanasana
  • Phalankasana

Pranayama is also very effective in the management of Hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It enhances performance of respiratory system.

Treatment of Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Vata and Kaphadoshas are directly involved in the manifestation of Hypersensitivity pneumonitis. So Ayurveda emphasizes on normalizing vatadosha and kaphadosha.  Ayurveda combines internal medicines, purification therapy and other treatment procedures to treat Hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Internal Medicines for Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

  • IndukanthamKashaya
  • Dasamoolakatutratayakashaya
  • AmrutotharamKashaya
  • ElakanadiKashaya
  • Dasamoolarasayana
  • KusmandaRasayana

  • Agastyarasyana
  • Chyavanprashalehya
  • SwasanandamGulika
  • Dasamoolarishta
  • Kanakasava

Purification Therapy in Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

Purification therapies are advised after analyzing strength of disease as well as patient. It includes:

  • Vamana (vomiting)
  • Virechana (purgation)
  • Vasti (enema)
  • Nasya (administering nasal drop)

Treatment Procedures in Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

  • Dhoomapana (Inhalation of medicated smoke)
  • Swedana (Local steaming)

Single herb used in the management of Hypersensitivity pneumonitis

  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Tulsi(Oscimum sanctum)
  • Vasa (Adhatodavasica)
  • Amruta (Tinosporacordifolia)

  • Karpooravalli (Coleus amboinicus)
  • Pippali (Piper longum
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum)
  • Kantakari (Solanumxanthocarpum)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis?

Answer: Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis is the inflammation of lung tissues caused by inhalation of different allergens.

Question: What are the main allergens causing Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis?

Answer: The main allergens responsible for Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis include various bacteria, molds and fungi, certain proteins and chemicals

Question: Is Ayurvedic management effective in Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis?

Answer: Yes. Ayurvedic management of Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis includes overall therapy with internal medicines, external medicines, purification of body channels and external therapies. This can ensure complete and tremendous cure from Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis.

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