Pollen Allergy (Pratisyaya)
Ayurvedic Treatment of Pollen Allergy - Causes, Symptoms and More
About Pollen Allergy
Have you wondered what’s in the air when you experience symptoms of allergy like sneezing and runny nose with every changing season? Well, pollen is regarded as one of the most common triggers that initiate an allergic reaction in allergy-sensitive individuals. Pollen allergy or hay fever is also referred to as seasonal allergy or seasonal allergic rhinitis. Let’s know about Ayurvedic treatment of Pollen Allergy as well as its causes and symptoms in detail.
During spring, summer, fall, and sometimes winter, plants release small pollen grains to support the process of fertilization of other plants. The pollen originates from sources like trees, grasses, and weeds. These tiny pollen can enter the nose, eyes, and lungs and produce strong allergic reactions if you are suffering from pollen allergy.
Ayurvedic Reference of Pollen Allergy (Pratisyaya)
Types of Pollen Allergy
There are three main types of pollen allergy:
- Tree Pollen Allergy,
- Grass Pollen Allergy,
- Weed Pollen Allergy.
Ayurveda has beautifully explained pollen allergy as during changing seasons; there is a vitiation in doshas which produces many symptoms. The symptoms of pollen allergy align with Pratisyaya mentioned in Ayurvedic texts. Ayurveda has explained various treatment methods, including internal medication and external therapies for the management of pollen allergies.
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Causes of Pollen Allergy
The main causes of pollen allergy are as follows:
- Pollen Exposure: When people are exposed to pollen grains present in the air, their immune system produces an allergic response to the foreign proteins present in the pollen.
- Genetic Factors: Some people are genetically predisposed to pollen allergies and have some genetic factors that make them more susceptible to seasonal allergies.
- Environmental Factors: Changes in weather conditions like strong winds can result in increased pollen concentrations which increases the risk of allergic reactions.
- Cross-Reactivity: People who are allergic to pollen grains may also experience increased sensitivity to some proteins in various fruits, vegetables, or nuts like peanuts.
- Previous sensitization: Earlier exposure to pollen grains can sensitize the immunity and make the person even more prone to allergies in the future.
These factors may predispose to some symptoms that occur due to pollen allergies.
Symptoms of Pollen Allergy
Symptoms of Pollen allergies are as follows:
- Post nasal drip
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
- Red eyes
- Watery eyes
According to Ayurveda there is a different dosha prakopa (vitiation of elemental energies named Vata, Pitta and Kapha) in different seasons. Rainy season witnesses the variations in Vata dosha and manifests symptoms such as restlessness, dry cough, dryness in eyes, headache, and sneezing. Pitta dosha is aggravated during autumn and produces symptoms like redness, burning of eyes, rashes, and headache. Kapha dosha becomes vitiated during spring season and produces symptoms like runny nose, nasal stuffing, heaviness, and watery eyes.
Also Read:- Ayurvedic Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis
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Diet and Lifestyle Guidelines
Ayurveda advocates a healthy regime which helps in the prevention, pollen allergy relief, and also avoidance of recurrences of pollen allergies. These practices are described below:
- Include easy to digest and warm food
- Food must have a sour taste along with salt to settle the aggravated doshas.
- Hot, sour and spicy soup
- Use of barley, wheat, pomegranate etc.
- Incorporating warm water for internal and external purpose
- Wearing heavy clothes like sweater in cold season
- Covering head and throat during winter season
The following practices must be avoided to maintain health and wellness during seasonal allergies:
- Cold and refrigerated food
- Heavy and fatty food
- Intake of excess quantity of water
- Use of cold water for internal and external purpose
- Excess bathing time
- Sleeping during the day
- Emotions like anger, sorrow
Yoga and Pranayama for Pollen Allergy
Yoga and breathing practices provide holistic management of pollen allergies. The specific asanas and breathing techniques elevated the respiratory function and clear air passages that provided relief from congestion and discomfort. Yoga is a potent stress-reliever that mitigates the allergic responses. Yoga also fosters enhanced mind-body awareness that allows individuals to opt for early interventions for pollen allergies. Yoga, pranayama, and meditation must be included in the comprehensive management plan of pollen allergies. Body postures or asanas such as Surya Namaskar, savasana, sarvangasana, svanasana etc. help in relaxation of mind and to rejuvenate body tissues.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Pollen Allergy
Ayurveda has provided customized management of different allergic conditions including pollen allergies by integrating internal medications and therapeutic procedures for maximum benefits. This tailored approach has rendered good results in managing allergies and their associated manifestations.
Internal Medicines for Pollen Allergy
The following oral medicines can give effective results in the fight against pollen allergies. It is important to note that the dose, anupaan ( like whether the medicine is to be taken with water or honey) and timing of dose depends on individual dosha balance and constitution, therefore the below-mentioned medicines are the best medicine for pollen allergy must be administered under guidance from expert ayurvedic doctor:
- Haridra Khand churna
- Trikatu Churna
- Vyoshadi Vatakam
- Talisapatradi churna
- Dashamoola Kwatha
- Amruthotharam Kwath
- Elakanadi Kwath
- Indukantham Kwatham
External Treatment Procedures for Pollen Allergy
Detoxification procedures and other external therapies are helpful in the management of pollen allergies. The following treatment procedures can be undertaken under the guidance of expert ayurvedic physicians depending on dosha vitiation and patient condition.
- Vamana (Emesis)
- Snehapana (Intake of medicated ghee or oil)
- Swedana (Steaming)
- Dhumapana (Intake of medicated smoke)
- Gandusha (Holding of medicated liquids in mouth)
Single Herbs for Pollen Allergy
Following single herbs can be taken in suitable forms and with proper adjuvant:-
Ayurveda stands tall as the holistic method for managing a wide range of allergic conditions including pollen allergy. By integrating oral medicines along with detoxification procedures can boost the recovery process from various allergies such as hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinitis.
- Shloka No. 2, Nasarogavijnaneeyam, Ashtangahrudayam by Acharaya Vaghbhata, Nidanasthana.
- Agnivesha. Charak Samhita, Commentary by Chakrapani Varanasi, Chaukhamba Sanskrit Sansthan; reprint: 2004, Ch. Chi 8/49 -50.
- Sushruta Samhita, the Nibandha Sangraha commentary by Dalhanacharya and the Nyayachandrika Panjika of Sri. Gayadasacharya on Nidana Sthana, edited by Vaidya Jadavji Trikamji Acharaya and Narayanarama Acharya, Kavyatirtha, Chaukhamba Surabharati, Varanasi; reprint 2003. Su. Ut. 24/16 – 17.
- Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Seasonal Allergy Chapter No. 8, Page No. 50-54.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)