Mold Allergy (Vatajkaphaja pratisyaya)
प्रतिलोमंसिरागच्छन्नुदीर्यपवन: कफम् l
परिग्रह्यशिरोग्रीवमुर: पार्श्वेचपीडयन् l l
Molds are certain fungi that live in moist and damp places both inside and outside the house. Molds reproduce through very small structures called spores. Some people develop allergy to the spores of molds and it is called Mold Allergy. The spores are light weighed and so spread easily through air. There are different colors of molds like green,black, white, orangeetc. Mold Allergy may cause in various symptoms related to respiratory system. In Ayurveda, Vatajkaphaja pratisyaya and Tamakaswasa is explained, that has symptoms similar to that of Mold Allergy. It is caused by vitiation of Vatadosha and Kaphadosha. Ayurveda assures complete cure in the treatment of Mold allergy. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is having unique herbal remedies mentioned in Ayurveda classics for treating Mold allergy effectively.
Causes of Mold Allergy
There are different types of molds. Some common molds that may cause allergyare Penicillium, Aspergillus, Cladosporium and Alternaria. When the air containing mold spores is inhaled, body’s immune system recognizes spores as foreign substances and tries to expel them. As a result, antibodies are produced which cause secretion of chemicals called histamines. Histamines are the major particles responsible for various symptoms of allergy. Ayurveda says one of the reasons of swasa (dyspnea) as exposure to dust, smoke and wind.
Ayurvedic Reference of Vatajkaphaja pratisyaya (Mold allergy)
Symptoms of Mold Allergy
Mold Allergy is manifested mainly as symptoms affecting respiratory system. It will be expressed in different ways in different people. Allergic Rhinitis is the most obvious manifestation. Symptoms of mold allergy include:
- Itching of eyes, throat and nose
- Post nasal drip
- Dry, scaly skin
- Running nose
In severe stage shortness of breath, chest tightness etc. may be felt leading to Asthmatic condition. Also mold allergy may result in complications like pneumonia, sinusitis etc. Sometimes it causes skin abnormalities and rarely systemic illness may be initiated.
Ayurveda explains the symptoms of TamakaSwasa as cough, hoarseness of voice, running nose, difficulty in breathing, dryness of mouth. These symptoms will be exacerbated by increase of kapha in body, cloudy weather, presence of water, cold climate etc. The growth and spread of molds will be increased in these conditions that make the symptoms worse.
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Diet in Mold Allergy
- Warm water
- Steam inhalation
- Hot & light food
- Wheat, old rice
- Snake gourdor bitter vegetables
- Use of ginger, garlic
- Keeping house clean& hygienic
- Deep fried food
- Cold food & drinks
- Suppression of natural urges
- Exposure to humid atmosphere
Yoga and Pranayama for Mold Allergy
Practice of Yoga is very effective in increasing functionality of body as well as mind. It strengthens immune system. Following asanas (postures) can be practiced:
- Urdhwa mukha Swanasana
Pranayama is also very important & effective in the management of mold allergy. It clears channels through which air passes and helps to overcome the obstructions. Thus, it enhances performance of respiratory system.
Treatment of Mold Allergy
Vata and Kaphadoshas are directly involved in the manifestation of Mold Allergy. So Ayurveda focuses treatment on normalizing vatadosha and kaphadosha. It also aims in improving digestive system along with respiratory system. This is because occurrence of Swasaroga is related to dysfunction of both these systems. Ayurveda combines internal medicines, purification therapy and other treatment procedures to treat mold allergy.
Following drugs can be given along with proper anupana
- Pippali (Piper longum)
- Maricha (Piper nigrum)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
- Kantakari (Solanumxanthocarpum)
Purification therapies or Panchakarma procedures are advised after analysing strength of disease as well as patient. This will help to expel vitiated doshas from body. It includes:
- Virechana (purgation)
- Nasya(administering nasal drop)
Various treatment procedures are performed based on degree of vitiation and condition of patient. Following treatment procedures can be adopted:
- Dhoomapana (Inhalation of medicated smoke)
- Swedana (Local steaming)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist