Mold Allergy (Vataj Kaphaja Pratishyaya)
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Mold Allergy - Causes, Symptoms, and Ayurvedic Treatment
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 the air. There are different colors of molds like green, black, white, orange etc. Mold Allergy may cause in various symptoms related to respiratory system. In Ayurveda, Vataj Kaphaja Pratishyaya and Tamaka swasa is explained, that has symptoms similar to that of Mold Allergy. It is caused by the vitiation of Vata dosha and Kapha dosha. Ayurveda assures a 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 allergy are Penicillium, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, and Alternaria. When the air containing mold spores is inhaled, the body’s immune system recognizes spores as foreign substances and tries to expel them. As a result, antibodies are produced which cause the 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 Vataj Kaphaja pratishyaya (Mold allergy)
Symptoms of Mold Allergy
Mold Allergy is manifested mainly as symptoms affecting the 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 the severe stage shortness of breath, chest tightness, etc. may be felt leading to an 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 Tamaka Swasa as cough, hoarseness of voice, running nose, difficulty in breathing, dryness of the mouth. These symptoms will be exacerbated by an increase of Kapha in the 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 gourd or bitter vegetables
- Use of ginger, garlic
- Keeping the 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 the functionality of the body as well as the mind. It strengthens the 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 the performance of the respiratory system.
Treatment of Mold Allergy
Vata and Kapha doshas are directly involved in the manifestation of Mold Allergy. So Ayurveda focuses treatment on normalizing Vata dosha and Kapha dosha. It also aims in improving the digestive system along with the respiratory system. This is because the occurrence of Swasaroga is related to the dysfunction of both these systems. Ayurveda combines internal medicines, purification therapy, and other treatment procedures to treat mold allergy.
- Amrutotharam Kashaya
- Elakanadi Kashaya
- Nayyopaya Kashaya
- Indukantham Kashaya
- Kusmanda Rasayana
- Vyoshadi Vatakom
- Avipathi Churna
- Swasanandam Gulika
Following drugs can be given along with proper anupana
- Pippali (Piper longum)
- Maricha (Piper nigrum)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
- Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
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:
- Vamana (vomiting)
- Virechana (purgation)
- Vasti (enema)
- 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)
- Shloka No. 6, Svasahaidhma Nidanam, Ashtangahrudayam by Acharya Vaghbhata, Nidanasthana.
- Anonymous. Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia of India Part – II (Formulation) 1st ed. Volume I, Department of AYUSH; New Delhi, India: 2007.
- Sushruta, Uttartantra 24/67, Sushruta Samhita Dalhana Commentary Nibandh Sangraha, Ed. by Vd. Jadavaji Trikamji Acharaya & Narayana Ram Acharya, Chaukhamba Surbharati Prakashan, Varanasi, 2008.
- Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, Mold Allergy Chapter No. 6, Page No. 39-43.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist