Sports and Allergy
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Sports and Allergy
Sports include high level physical activity. It can cause or stimulate various allergic responses in body. These are caused by excess strain on body resulting in changes in normal body functioning. Three major types of allergy triggered by exercise are; Exercised-induced asthma, Exercised-induced Urticaria and Exercised-induced Anaphylaxis.Among these, the most common type is Exercise induced Asthma. Ayurveda explains Tamaka swasa as having similar symptoms of Exercise induced Asthma. Dr.Gupta’s IAFAis providing ultimate remedy for Exercise related allergy through Ayurveda. IAFA offers the best treatment available for Asthma and other related distresses triggered by sports.
Symptoms of Exercise induced Asthma
The symptoms may start at the time of or just after the exercise. They can last for one hour or longer if left untreated. The major signs and symptoms are:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or pain
- Poor performance in sports
Ayurveda suggests symptoms of Asthma as cough, tastelessness, runny nose, increased respiratory rate, relieving symptoms on rest, excess sweating etc.
Ayurvedic Reference of Sports and Allergy
Causes of Exercise induced Asthma
The condition is also called Exercise induced Bronchoconstriction. Though the exact reason is not known, it is assumed that people doing strenuous exercise develops inflammation and may produce excess mucus. This results in obstruction of air pathways and causes obstruction. Thus the person starts to feel symptoms of Asthma. The symptoms are activated by cold wind, polluted and dry air, presence of chemicals etc.
Ayurveda says causes of Asthmatic condition as dust, smoke, wind, trauma, cold water etc. These are said to worsen the condition of coughing and result in breathing difficulties.
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Diet in Exercise induced Asthma
- Light food
- Warm food and water
- Include black pepper, ginger, turmeric, goose berry, etc. in food
- Steam inhalation
- Practice of mild exercise
- Do exercise in open and clean environment
- Give sufficient break during exercise
- Heavy and fatty food
- Suppression of natural urges especially cough, sneeze, urine etc.
- Day sleep
- Exercise in closed room
- Exercise just after heavy food
- Drinking cold water
- Alcohol consumption
- Consumption of excess sweet, sour and salty food.
Yoga and Pranayama for Exercise induced Asthma
Yoga is very effective in increasing flexibility of body organs. It trengthensthe immune system. Following asanas (postures) can bepracticedto reduce the effects of Exercise induced Asthma;
- Ardha Matsyendrasana
Pranayama is also very effective in the management of Exercise induced Asthma. It releases body stress and reduces anxiety. It improves functioning of lungs.
Treatment of Exercise induced Asthma
In exercise induced Asthma there is vitiation of Vata dosha and Kapha dosha. Ayurveda advices internal medicine as well as various treatment procedures for treating Exercise induced Asthma. Respiratory system has to be strengthened in order to get rid of this condition.
- Elakanadi Kashaya
- Brihthyadi Kashaya
- Nayyopayam Kashaya
- Agasthya Rasayana
Purification therapies help to clear the body channels by eliminating vitiated doshas. It includes:
- Vamana (vomiting)
- Virechana (purgation)
- Nasya (administering nasal drop)
Following treatment procedures help to expel excess mucus secreted in airways.
- Dhoomapana (Inhalation of medicated smoke)
- Swedana (Local steaming)
Single Herbs for Exercise induced Asthma
Following herbs if used proper adjuvantshelp in relieving the symptoms of exercise induced Asthma
- Pippali (Piperlongum)
- Maricha (Pipernigrum)
- Haridra (Curcumalonga)
- Karpuravalli (Coleusamboinicus)
- Amalaki (Emblicaofficinalis)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist