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Occupational Allergy (Tamakaswasa)

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Occupational Allergy

Occupational allergy is one among many of the occupational diseases that affect workers. It is the hypersensitivity reaction of body towards certain allergen in the working environment. Allergic reactions are manifested mainly on skin and respiratory system. It not only affects the health but also the performance of work and there by mental and financial wellbeing of an individual. The allergic reaction depends on nature, duration and atmosphere of occupation and also immunity of the individual.Dr.Gupta’s IAFAis one among the leading fraternities that ensure pure Ayurvedic treatment for occupational allergy.Among various occupational allergies, Occupational Asthma is the most commonly affected one and is successfully treated at IAFA.

Occupational Asthma

Occupational Asthma is the allergic response caused by breathing certain chemicals or fumes that affect respiratory system.According to Ayurveda, Tamakaswasa is a similar condition.

Ayurvedic reference of Occupational Allergy

Causes of Occupational Allergy

Occupational Allergy is caused by inhalation of allergens in the working environment.  Major allergens that result in Occupational Allergy include:

  • Dust
  • Various chemicals
  • Proteins in animal hair, scales, fur, saliva etc.
  • Certain metals
  • Elements like latex, cereals, cotton, wheat etc. from plants
  • Irritant gases like ammonia.

These allergens activate body’s immune system and result in inflammatory changes on respiratory pathways. This reduces the width of airways and results in respiratory discomforts. Ayurveda suggests presence of certain factors like dust, smoke, wind etc. as the cause of allergic asthma.

Symptoms of Occupational Asthma

Symptoms of Occupational Allergyare similar to that of Asthma and include:

  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose etc.

Symptoms may get worse as the exposure is increased and may retain even when away from working atmosphere.  Those who have any other allergies or asthma, family history of asthma, smoking habit etc. are more prone to get affected with Occupational Allergy.


Allergic Asthma is manifested as cough, tastelessness, runny nose, breathing difficulties etc. as per the opinion of scholars of Ayurveda.

Dr. Sahil Gupta

“Dr.Gupta’s IAFAis extending our hands to help all, who are suffering from occupational allergy, through Ayurveda. Ayurveda ensures tremendous relief from allergic diseases and IAFA is the paramountdoor to spread the grace of Ayurveda to all”.

Reach IAFA for real Ayurvedic healing!!!


– Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
CEO & Founder of IAFA®

Diet in Contact Dermatitis

Do’s (Pathya)

  • Warm and easily digestible food
  • Use of turmeric, goose berry, green vegetables etc.
  • Drink sufficient quantity of water
  • Warm water for internal & external use
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Steam inhalation
  • Use of mask, gloves, personal protective equipment etc. during work
  • Keep environment clean

Don’ts (Apathya)

  • Heavy and fatty food
  • Soft drinks, packed, baked and fermented food
  • Suppression of natural urges especially cough, tears, sneeze etc.
  • Smoking
  • Day sleep
  • Open exposure to atmosphere containing allergen.

Yoga and Pranayama for Occupational Allergy

Yoga is very effective in increasing performance of vital organs of body. It provides strength to immune system. Following asanas (postures) will be effective in Occupational Allergy;

  • Savasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Suryanamaskara
  • Padahasthasana

Pranayama is also very effective in the management of occupational allergy. It clears air channels and helps to enhance performance of various body systems.


Treatment of Occupational Allergy

Occupational Allergy involves vitiation of Vatadosha and Kaphadosha.   Ayurveda advocates combination of internal medicine as well as treatment procedures in the management of Occupational Allergy. Along with respiratory system, digestion and allied factors are also checked and corrected in order to achieve maximum result.

Internal medicines

  • DasamoolaKatutrayaKashaya
  • ElakanadiKashaya
  • IndukanthamKashaya
  • VasishtaRasayana
  • VyoshadiVatakom

  • AvipathiChurna
  • SwasanandamGulika
  • Vasavaleha
  • Abhayarishta

Purification Therapy

Purification therapies help to expel vitiated doshas from body. It is essential to clear the body channels. It includes:

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

Treatment Modalities

Following treatment procedures aid in opening airways and to expel excess mucus that get accumulated in them.

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

Single Herbs

  • Pippali (Piperlongum)
  • Vasa (Adhatodavasica)
  • Haridra (Curcumalonga)

  • Karpuravalli (Coleusamboinicus)
  • Dathura (Daturametel)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Occupational Allergy?

Answer: Occupational Allergy is the allergic response of body towards various allergens in the working atmosphere

Question: What all diseases are included under Occupational Allergy?

Answer: Occupational Allergy includes diseases like Occupational Asthma, Contact dermatitis, urticarial, eczema etc.

Question: What is the role of Ayurveda in the management of Occupational Allergy?

Answer: Ayurveda ensures great relief from allergic manifestations through its wonderful combination of various internal as well as external medicines and treatment procedures.


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