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Nasal Allergy – Causes, Symptoms & Ayurvedic Treatment
वातकोपिभिरन्यैर्वा नासिकातरुणास्थनि ॥
विघट्टितेऽनिलः क्रुद्धो रुद्धः शृङ्गाटकं व्रजेत्।
निवृत्तः कुरुतेऽत्यर्थ क्षवथुं स भृशक्षवः ॥
An allergy refers to the hyper reaction of our body’s immune system to any strange substance that enters the body. The substances that cause allergy are called Allergens. It includes pollen grains, molds, dust, mites, feathered animals, pests like cockroaches or rodents. A human body responds with varied symptoms when the allergens come in contact with the nasal tissue. This condition is called Nasal Allergy.
Ayurveda has successfully measures in treating Nasal allergies. There are specialized cells in our body called Mast cells which release histamine and other chemicals when the body identifies allergens. The nasal tissues get irritated by the presence of these chemicals and show symptoms of nasal allergy. Ayurveda is the only measure for a successful and natural treatment for allergies.
Causes of Nasal Allergy
Ayurveda mentions strong odour, sun rays, insertion of thread or grass into nose etc. as the causative factors of nasal allergy. The above mentioned causes leads to Vata dosha blockage by Kapha dosha at Shringataka marma (vital point between the blood vessels that supply nose, ears, eyes, and tongue). Thus, the normal movement of Vata gets hampered and retrograde movement of vata will cause severe sneezing.
Symptoms of Nasal Allergy
- Runny nose with clear and watery discharge
- Pain and swelling of sinus
- Postnasal drip (Increased mucus drainage down the throat)
- Itching of nose, ears, eyes and throat
- Nasal congestion
- Red and watery eyes
- Sore throat
Ayurveda emphasizes sneezing as the major symptom of Nasal allergies. Allergic Rhinitis is the most common disease under Nasal Allergies, manifested by severe and continuous sneezing and runny nose. It mostly affects people around the age of 15 years and usually subsides by 40 years. People with Allergic Rhinitis show specific signs like ‘Allergic salute’ (frequent rubbing of the nose with palm). The unique diagnosis method used by Dr. Gupta helps in the complete understanding of the pathology which helps in designing the appropriate treatment.
Ayurvedic Reference of Nasal Allergy
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Ayurvedic Treatment for Nasal Allergy
The first and foremost point in the treatment of nasal allergies is to avoid contact with the allergens. Ayurveda advocates internal medications as well as treatment procedures to get rid of nasal allergy.
Internal Medications for Nasal Allergy
Following medicines can be advised based on the symptoms and condition of the patient
- Vyoshadi Vataka
- Haridra Khanta
- Sitopaladi Churna
- Agastya Rasayana
- Dasamoola Rasayana
- Indukantha Kashaya
Rasnadi churna can be applied on scalp for better results in nasal allergy.
Treatment Procedure for Nasal Allergy
Nasya (nasal administration of medicines) is an effective treatment procedure in nasal allergy. Through nasya, the administrated drugs enter aforesaid Shringataka marma and clear the blockage caused by kapha dosha. Various preparations like churna (powder), ghrta (ghee), and taila (oil) can be administrated as nasya, as per the condition.
Diet Management in nasal allergy
Warm and liquid food can be used by the people who are suffering from nasal allergy. Avoiding cold food, fermented milk products, old food and citrus fruits are suggestive in case of nasal allergies. Sea food and other identified allergic substances must be completely avoided in nasal allergy for attaining a fast releif.
- Warm water for drinking
- Pure honey
- Hot soup
- Adequate sleep (Average 7 hours)
- Exposure to cold, wind, dust, smoke etc.
- Day sleep
- Excess intake and exposure to water
- Spicy food & bakery items
Yoga Therapy for Nasal Allergy
Yoga postures like Padmasana, Sukhasana, Sidhasana etc. can be practised along with pranayama to get relief from nasal allergies. Breathing exercises are very beneficial to reduce nasal allergic symptoms. It helps to clear the nasal pathway and assists regular movement of air.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is Nasal Allergy?
Answer: Nasal allergy is the hyper response of our body’s immune system when an allergen enters the nasal tissues. It includes symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itching of nose, ears, eyes and throat.
Question: What is Allergic Rhinitis?
Answer: Allergic Rhinitis is the allergic response manifested mainly by sudden and continuous sneezing and runny nose.
Question: How Ayurveda helps to cure Nasal Allergies?
Answer: Ayurveda advocates various internal medicines as well as nasal procedures like Nasya to ensure maximum relief from Nasal Allergies. Moreover, Ayurveda advises medications and regimens to prevent its recurrence.
Question: What is the treatment of nasal allergy according to Ayurveda?
Answer: Ayurvedic treatment of nasal allergy includes expelling the phlegm, detoxfication, clearing the sinus according to the individual’s dosha. It includes both internal and external measures.
Question: Can Ayurveda treat nasal allergy?
Answer: Treating nasal allergy through Ayurvedic measures involves removing the root cause and increasing immunity. Ayurvedic remedies show improvement within few days depending on the condition of the patient. Maintaining balanced lifestyle along with the treatment can be a lasting effect for nasal allergy.
QuestiWhat is the cause of Nasal Allergy?
Answer: The causes of nasal allergy according to Ayurveda include Mandagni (low digestion strength), kapha vrudhi (increase of Kapha dosha), virudh ahara (intake of wrong food combination), long term intake of drugs like aspirin resulting in depleted immunity and making the person prone to nasal allergy.
Question: What is the diet management in nasal allergy?
Answer: Intake of light, freshly prepared, warm food is recommended. Intake of ice creams, deserts, cakes, alcohol, cold beverages must be avoided.
Question: What is the role of yoga and pranayama in nasal allergy?
Answer: Various yoga exercises such as Ardh Chandrasana, Veerbhadrasasna, Setu bandhasana are effective and pranayama such as Kapalbhati and Nadi Shodhan are effective.
- Shloka No. 14-15, Nasaroga Vijnaneeya Adhyaya, Uttarasthana, Ashtanga Hrudaya, Indian Materia Medica of Acharya Vagbhata.
- Sushruta, Sushruta Samhita, Nibhandha Sangraha commentary by Dalhan. Uttara Tantra, 24/1-2, Varanasi: Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan; 2013, p. 625.
- Vagbhata, Ashtang Hridaya, Sarvang Sundara commentary of Arundatta and Ayurveda Rasayana commentary of Hemadri, edited by Pt. Hari Sadashiva Shastri Paradakara, Sutrasthana 20/38, Chaukhambha Surbharati Prakashan, Varanasi, 2007, p. 135.
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