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Peanut Allergy - Causes, Symptoms, and Ayurvedic Treatment
Peanut allergy is a type of food allergy to peanuts. It is different from tree nut allergies, with peanuts being legumes and not true nuts. It is due to a type I hypersensitivity reaction of the immune system in susceptible individuals. The allergy is recognized “as one of the most severe food allergies due to its prevalence, persistency, and potential severity of the allergic reaction. When a person with a peanut allergy is exposed to peanuts, proteins in the peanut bind to IgE antibodies of the person’s immune system. This triggers the person’s immune defenses, leading to reaction symptoms that can be mild or very severe.
Ayurveda Science explains that an object which is not familiar to body cells and tissues is regarded as Asatmya or unwholesome and Satmya means suitability to some things, which are favorable for one’s own self. Asatmya may be also called Anupashaya or Ahita or Apathya. In other words, it can be said that the factor or particles which disrupt the normal physiological functions or damage the dhatus is known as Asatmya. This concept may be correlated to all types of food allergy
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Causes of Peanut Allergy
Peanuts can cause a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). Allergic reactions can be unpredictable, and even very small amounts of peanut can cause one.
Ayurvedic Reference of Peanut Allergy
Symptoms of Peanut Allergy
Signs and symptoms usually occur within minutes of contact with peanuts, but can also occur up to one hour later. Most allergic reactions are mild but they can also be moderate or severe. Anaphylaxis is the most severe form of allergic reaction which can be life-threatening.
Mild to moderate symptoms include:
- Itchy mouth, tongue, and throat
- Swelling of lips, around the eyes or face
Red raised itchy rash (often called nettle rash, hives, or urticaria)
- Vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea
- Runny nose and sneezing
Severe symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
- Swelling of the tongue and/or throat
- Difficulty in swallowing or speaking
- Change in voice (hoarse voice)
- Wheeze (whistling noise) or persistent cough
- Difficult or noisy breathing
- Dizziness, collapse, loss of consciousness (due to a drop in blood pressure)
- Pale, floppy, sudden sleepiness in babies
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Diet in Peanut Allergy
Do’s (Pathya) in Peanut Allergy
Foods that can be included in a patient having Peanut allergy are,
- Bread products made without peanuts.
- Candy without peanuts or peanut butter.
- Desserts made without peanut protein.
- All fats and oils, except extruded, cold-pressed, or expelled peanut oil.
- All milk, yogurt, cheese, and eggs.
- Avoid foods that cause a reaction. Sometimes just touching foods can cause a reaction. Wash hands often.
- Read the ingredients lists on food labels to make sure peanuts are not present. Read the list even if you have had the product before. Ingredients may change
- When you travel bring along some food.
- When you eat out, always ask restaurant staff about ingredients in food and how it was prepared. Cooking oils can have allergens.
Don’ts (Apathya) in Peanut Allergy
Foods that should be avoided include,
- Arachis oil (another name for peanut oil)
- Artificial nuts
- Beer nuts
- Cold-pressed, expelled, or extruded peanut oil
- Lupin (or lupine)—which is becoming a common flour substitute in gluten-free food. A study showed a strong possibility of cross-reaction between peanuts and this legume, unlike other legumes.
- Mandelonas (peanuts soaked in almond flavoring)
- Mixed nuts
- Monkey nuts
- Nut meat
- Nut pieces
- Peanut butter
- Peanut flour
Yoga Therapy for Peanut Allergy
Yogasanas and pranayama are very effective in Peanut Allergy.
- Nadishodhana Pranayama
- Bhastrika Pranayama
Ayurvedic Treatment for Peanut Allergy
Any dietary substance will become Asatmya to a person if there is improper digestive fire or Agni. Digestive fire of the body (Agni) becomes weak due to ama visha (metabolic toxin) formation in the body and causes an imbalance of doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha are life forces) in the body. Treatment involves Shamana chikitsa (internal medicines), Shodhana chikitsa (Panchakarma therapy), lifestyle modifications, and a very strict diet regimen.
Internal Medicines for Peanut Allergy
- Guluchyadi Kashaya
- Drakshadi Kashaya
- Hingvadi Vati
- Kutaja ghana Vati
- Chitrakadi Vati
- Shivakshara Churna
- Trikatu Churna
- Dadimadi Ghritham
- Guduchi Satva
- Praval Panchamrit
- Vamana (emesis therapy),
- Virechna (purgation therapy),
- Asthapanavasti (medicated enema)
Single Herbs Used in Peanut Allergy
- Pippalimoola (Piper longum)
- Chavya (Piper chaba)
- Sunthi (Zingiber officinale)
- Amlavetasa (Garcinia pedunculata)
- Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)
- Pippali (Piper longum)
- Maricha (Piper nigrum)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
- Kutaja (Holarrhena Antidysenterica)
- Bilwa (Aegle marmelos)
- Musta (Cyperus rotundus)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist