Nasal Allergy (नासारोगविज्ञानीयम्)
वातकोपिभिरन्यैर्वा नासिकातरुणास्थनि ॥
विघट्टितेऽनिलः क्रुद्धो रुद्धः शृङ्गाटकं व्रजेत्।
निवृत्तः कुरुतेऽत्यर्थ क्षवथुं स भृशक्षवः ॥
What is Nasal Allergy
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 as 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 succesful measures in treating Nasal allergies. There are specialized cells in our body called Mast cells which release histamine and other chemicals, when 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 succesful and natural treatment for allergies. Dr.Gupta’s IAFA has treated plenty of Nasal allergies with high success rate. Follow Ayurveda for complete cure of Nasal 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.
Ayurvedic Reference of Nasal Allergy
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 nose with palm). The unique diagnosis method used by Dr.Gupta helps in the complete undstanding of the pathology which helps in designing the approapriate treatment.
“Dr.Gupta’s assures complete cure in case of various nasal allergies. The different internal and external measures are used in ayurveda for treating this condition. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® has developed unique treatment method including single herbs and combination of medicine treatment, which have proven to be best Ayurvedic treatment for nasal allergies”.
Have a clear breath through Ayurveda!!!
-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta
Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
Master’s in Health Administration
Diet 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 in 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.
Factors that worsen Nasal Allergy
Along with the above said primary reasons, there are some factors which trigger nasal allergy.
- Smoke and fumes
- Strong scented chemicals like cleaning agents
- Change in weather like cold temperature & humidity
- Hairspray and perfumes
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.
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.
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.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist