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Oral Allergy Syndrome (Virudha)

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Oral Allergy Syndrome- Virudha

Oral Allergy Syndrome is a group of allergic symptoms caused by body’s immune response towards certain allergens in food. Allergens in the pollen grains react with proteins in fruits and vegetables and cause some allergic manifestations in mouth. The symptoms will not appear by intake of cooked vegetables as the proteins get destroyed by heat. In Ayurveda such a condition is explained under the concept of Virudha. It mentions about the effect of consumption of certain incompatible food items. IAFA provides definite Ayurveda treatment for Oral Allergy Syndrome. Dr.Gupta’sIAFAhas initiated several awareness programmes about allergy, its symptoms, prevention and treatment.

Causes of Oral Allergy Syndrome

Oral Allergy Syndrome is caused by dropping of pollen grains on raw vegetables and fruits. The body recognizes similar proteins in pollen and vegetables and start reacting to it. Most commonly, allergens are seen in:

  • Apple, almond, carrot, celery, cherry, kiwi etc.
  • Grass pollen in celery, melons, oranges, tomato etc.
  • Ragweed pollen in banana, cucumber, melons etc.

Ayurveda says combination of certain food items, mismatching quantity of drug combination, improper processing of food, untimely intake of food etc. are responsible for causing various allergic manifestations.

Ayurveda Reference of Oral Allergy Syndrome- Virudha

Symptoms of Oral Allergy Syndrome

Usually the symptoms are confined to mouth only. Major symptoms of Oral Allergy Syndrome are:

  • Itchy mouth
  • Scratching of throat
  • Swelling of lips, mouth, tongue, and throat

Ayurveda explains the symptoms as dryness of mouth, tremors, sweating, itching, swelling etc.

Dr.Gupta’sIAFAhas formulated genuine Ayurvedic treatment modalities for Oral Allergy Syndrome. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® has initiated several awareness programmes about allergy, its symptoms, prevention and treatment. IAFA is the pioneering institute in the management of various allergic disorders”.

IAFAis here, so let’s say bye to allergies!!!


-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
Master’s in Health Administration

Diet Management in Oral Allergy Syndrome

Do’s (Pathya) in Oral Allergy Syndrome

  • Light & warm food
  • Intake of clean and fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Vegetables with bitter taste can be preferred
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Practice of mild exercise
  • Proper sleep at night time
  • Use of familiar fruits and vegetables
  • Use of properly cooked food

Don’ts (Apathya) in Oral Allergy Syndrome

  • Drinks like alcohol
  • Heavy and fatty food
  • Continuous work without rest
  • Smoking
  • Day sleep
  • Late night work
  • Drinking cold water
  • Unhygienic fruits and vegetables

Yoga and Pranayama for Oral Allergy Syndrome

Yoga practice helps to increase body’s immune power. It increases blood circulation to all body parts and rejuvenates from cellular level. Following Yoga postures will be helpful in Oral Allergy Syndrome.

  • Sirshasana
  • Setubandhasana
  • Marjarasana
  • Vrikshasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Ardhachandrasana

Pranayama helps to ease and relax the body and mind. It also normalizes the movement of Vata throughout the body. So it helps to improve overall body functions.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Oral Allergy Syndrome

Oral Allergy Syndrome is treated effectively in Ayurveda through combined therapies like internal medicines, external medicines, treatment procedures and purification therapy. 

Internal Medicines for Oral Allergy Syndrome

  • ManjishtadiKashaya
  • ThriphalaKashaya
  • Padoladikashaya

  • Thriphalaguggulugulika
  • Kaisoraguggulugulika

External medicines for Oral Allergy Syndrome

  • TriphalaKwatha
  • ArimedadiTaila

  • Tilatailam

Purification Therapy in Oral Allergy Syndrome

  • Vamana (vomiting)
  • Virechana (purgation)

Treatment Procedures for Oral Allergy Syndrome

  • Kabala (Gargling)
  • Gandoosha(Holding medicated liquid in mouth)
  • Swedana (Sweating therapy)

Single Herbs for Oral Allergy Syndrome

  • Vibheetaki (Terminaliabellerica)
  • Hareetahki (Terminaliachebula)

  • Amalaki (Emblicaofficinalis)
  • Yashti (Glycyrrhizaglabra)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is Oral Allergy Syndrome?

Answer: Oral Allergy Syndrome is a group of symptoms caused by reaction of pollen grains and raw fruits and vegetables in the body.

Question: What are the symptoms of Oral Allergy Syndrome?

Answer: Oral Allergy Syndrome is manifested mainly by itching and swelling of throat, mouth and lips

Question: How Ayurveda helps in the management of Oral Allergy Syndrome?

Answer: Ayurveda adopts combined treatment of internal medicines, external medicines and purification therapies for the effective management of Oral Allergy Syndrome.

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