Seasonal Allergy (Pratishyaya)
Seasonal Allergy - Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment
Seasonal allergy is the type of allergy that happens during different times of the year. It is also called ‘Hay Fever’ or ‘Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis’. It is caused mainly due to the spread of pollen grains from different plants, spores of molds, etc. through the air. It can start at any age but usually occurs during childhood. According to Ayurveda, during each Ritu (season) there will be natural vitiation of doshas causing corresponding symptoms. Most of the symptoms of seasonal Allergy are similar to that of Pratishyaya. Ayurveda has mentioned various successful internal as well external treatment measures for “Seasonal Allergy”. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is using classical Ayurvedic measures for treating Seasonal allergy and associated symptoms with high success rates. Hay fever can be treated within a short period of time by following Dr. Gupta’s IAFA treatment methods.
Causes of Seasonal Allergy
When molds or pollens enter the body, the immune system produces chemicals like histamines that fight against them. These chemicals result in various allergic reactions in the body. Reasons for allergies differ in different seasons. During springtime, pollen from many trees; during summer grasses and weeds; during autumn, pollen from small plants; during winter, indoor allergens like mold, dust mites, etc. are the major causes for allergy. Smoke, insect bites, the smell of flowers, etc. are some of the triggering factors of allergy.
Ayurveda explains that snow, wind, dust, water, etc. are some of the reasons for Pratishyaya. These factors are extremely affected by seasonal changes and so can be connected to seasonal allergy.
Ayurvedic Reference of Pratishyaya (Seasonal allergy)
Symptoms of Seasonal Allergy
Symptoms are mainly those affecting the respiratory system. It includes:
- Post nasal drip
- Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
- Redness of eyes
- Watering of eyes
Ayurveda suggests different dosha prakopa (aggravation of factors named Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) in different seasons. Varsha (rainy) is the season of aggravation of Vata dosha and results in symptoms like dry cough, restlessness, dry eyes, headache, sneezing, etc. Pitta dosha is aggravated during Saradrtu (autumn). It causes symptoms like redness and burning of eyes, rashes, headache, etc. During Vasantakala (spring) Kapha dosha aggravation occurs and results in symptoms like runny nose, nasal congestion, heaviness, watery eyes, etc.
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Diet in Seasonal Allergy
The practice of following things can greatly help in the prevention and avoidance of recurrence of seasonal allergy:-
- Intake of light, warm food
- Food should be of sour taste with salt added.
- Hot, sour, and spicy soup
- Use of barley, wheat, pomegranate, etc.
- Use of warm water for internal and external purposes
- Wearing heavy clothes like a sweater in the cold season
- Covering head and throat during the winter season
Avoid the following things to prevent aggravation of symptoms:-
- Cold and refrigerated food
- Heavy and fatty food
- Intake of the excess quantity of water
- Use of cold water for internal and external purposes
- Excess bathing time
- Day sleep
- Emotions like anger, sorrow
Yoga and Pranayama for Seasonal Allergy
Yoga provides physical as well as mental fitness. Various asanas (postures) are beneficial to increase the body’s immunity. Suryanamskara, savasana, Sarvangasana, svanasana, etc. help in the relaxation of the mind and rejuvenate body tissues. Pranayama is the method of controlling the breath. It helps to normalize vitiated doshas and to clear body channels. It is a process by which benefits of mental as well as physical detoxification can be achieved.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Seasonal Allergy
Ayurveda has specific treatment for allergic manifestations. The combination of internal medicines and various treatment procedures are very effective in the management of allergies.
- Trikatu Churna
- Vyoshadi Vatakam
- Talisapatradi Churna
- Dasamoola Kwatha
- Amrutothara Kwatha
- Elakanadi Kwatha
- Indukantha Kwatha
Purification therapies as well as other procedures are beneficial in treating seasonal allergies. Following treatment, modalities can be adopted based on the dosha aggravation 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)
Following single drugs can be taken in suitable forms and with proper adjuvant:-
- Shunti (Zingiber officinale)
- Pippali (Piper longum)
- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
- Nimba (Azadirachta indica)
- Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
- Haridra (Curcuma longa)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist