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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
  • Fatigue 
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • 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

Do’s (Pathya)

  • 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

Don’ts (Apathya)

  • Heavy and fatty food
  • Suppression of natural urges especially cough, sneeze, urine etc.
  • Smoking
  • 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;

  • Trikonasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana
  • Padahasthasana
  • Marjaryasana 
  • Bhujangasana
  • Sukhasana

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.

Internal Medicines

  • Elakanadi Kashaya
  • Brihthyadi Kashaya
  • Nayyopayam Kashaya
  • Agasthya Rasayana

  • Haridrakhantam
  • Vasarishta
  • Kanakasava

Purification Therapy

Purification therapies help to clear the body channels by eliminating vitiated doshas. It includes:

  • Vamana (vomiting)
  •  Virechana (purgation)
  • Nasya (administering nasal drop) 

Treatment Procedures

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 (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Which are the major allergies related with Sports?

Answer: Exercised-induced asthma, Exercised-induced Urticaria and Exercised-induced Anaphylaxis are the major sports related Allergies. Among them, Exercised-induced asthma is the most common form.

Question: What are the triggering factors of Exercise induced Asthma?

Answer: Exercise induced Asthma can be initiated by factors like cold, wind, dust, pollution etc.

Question: How Ayurveda treats Exercise induced Asthma?

Answer: Ayurveda manages Exercise induced Asthma by internal medicines, purification therapies, treatment procedures, yoga etc. to strengthen overall immune system as well as the respiratory system.

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