Soy Allergy - Causes, Symptoms, and Ayurvedic Treatment
Soybeans are in the legume family, which also includes foods such as kidney beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts. Soy allergy is more common in infants and young children than in older children. Most children eventually outgrow their allergy to soy, although some individuals remain allergic to soy throughout their lives. Allergic reactions to soy are typically mild, but all reactions can be unpredictable. Although rare, severe and potentially life-threatening reactions can also occur. A soy allergy occurs when the body’s immune system mistakes the harmless proteins found in soy for invaders and creates antibodies against them.
In Ayurveda, there is an important disease preventive concept described by all the samhitas known as “satmya”. According to this concept diet or medicine which suits to one person may not be suits to another person & this is the reason diet may vary according to desha (places of living). Therefor if any food or medicine which is non-conducive is taken, it causes alternate effects on body. Allergies comes under this concept and therefore Soya causes allergy in individuals who are ‘asatmya’ to that and there will be an immune reaction.
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Causes of Soy Allergy
An immune system reaction causes food allergies. With a soy allergy, the immune system of the body identifies certain soy proteins as harmful, triggering the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to the soy protein (allergen).
Ayurvedic Reference of Soy Allergy
Symptoms of Soy Allergy
Symptoms of a soy allergy include:
- Stomach cramps
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
- Repetitive cough
- Tightness in throat, hoarse voice
- Weak pulse
- Pale or blue coloring of the skin
- Swelling, can affect the tongue and/or lips
Rarely, a soy allergy will cause anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction.
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Diet Management in Soy Allergy
Do’s (Pathya) in Soy Allergy
Foods that can be included in a patient having soya allergy include,
|Beverages||Soft drinks Tea, coffee Fruit juice|
|Meat & meat substitutes||Any fresh or frozen beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, veal, or fish served without prepackaged sauces, breading, or gravy|
|Milk & milk products||Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, or yogurt without soy products|
Don’ts (Apathya) in Soy Allergy
Avoid foods that contain any of these ingredients: hydrolyzed soy protein, soy flour, soy grits, soy nuts, soy milk, soy sprouts, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, soy sauce.
Yoga Therapy for Soy Allergy
Yogasanas and pranayama are very effective in Soy Allergy.
- Nadishodhana Pranayama
- Bhastrika Pranayama
Ayurvedic Treatment for Soy Allergy
Any dietary substance will become Asatmya to a person if there is a weak digestive fire or agni. Digestive fire of body (agni) becomes weak due to ama visha (metabolic toxin) formation in the body and causes imbalance of doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha are life forces) in body. Treatment involves Shamanachikitsa (internal medicines), Shodanachikitsa (Panchakarma therapy), lifestyle modifications and very strict diet regime.
Internal Medicines for Soy Allergy
- Guluchyadi Kashaya
- Drakshadi Kashaya
- Hingvadi Vati
- Kutajaghana Vati
- Chitrakadi Vati
- Shivakshara Churna
- Trikatu Churna
- Dadimadi Ghritham
- Guduchi Satva
- Pravala Panchamrita
- Vamana (Emesis therapy),
- Virechna (Purgation therapy),
- Asthapanavasti (Medicated enema)
Single Herbs Used in Soy Allergy
- Pippalimoola (Piper longum)
- Chavya (Piper chaba)
- Sunthi (Zingiber officinale)
- Amlavetasa (Garcinia pedunculata)
- Pippali (Piper longum)
- Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)
- Maricha (Piper nigrum)
- Haridra(Curcuma longa)
- Kutaja (Holarrhena Antidysenterica)
- Bilwa (Aegle marmelos)
- Musta (Cyperus rotundus)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist