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Stress and Allergy

Stress is the tension felt by physical or emotional reasons. It results in an abnormal body response to a particular situation. Allergy is also an abnormal body reaction towards some uncomfortable factors, called as allergens. Both stress and allergy cause changes in normal body functions and subsequent manifestations on body. In Ayurveda, mind and body are equally important in maintaining health. If mind is exposed to any abnormal situation, the corresponding changes will be exhibited on body also. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is in frontline to safeguard the mental health of each individual through the genuine practice of Ayurveda. IAFA is following the treatment protocol advised by Ayurveda to manage stress as well as stress induced allergies.

Relation between Stress and Allergy

When a person is exposed to some stressful condition, the body produces certain chemicals called histamines that exacerbate allergic reactions in body. Stress may not directly result in development of allergic signs; but it can worsen the situation.  On continuous stress, body produces the stress induced hormone cortisol. Chronic elevation of cortisol weakens the body’s immune system. This results in increased proliferation of virus and bacteria and resultant ailments. 

Ayurvedic Reference of Stress and Allergy

Symptoms of Stress mediated Allergy

The important manifestation of allergy triggered by stress is Stress rash. It usually affects people with unrevealed skin problems like eczema or allergy caused by pollen, animal fur etc. Some may develop rashes by exposure to sunlight or changes in weather. Even without any underlying condition one can develop the stress rash. Stress rashes seem to be raised red bumps. It is commonly found on the face, chest, neck or arms. They can be tiny dots, large marks or may appear as groups. It can cause itching, burning sensation etc.

Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is in frontline to safeguard the mental health of each individual through the genuine practice of Ayurveda. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® is following the treatment protocol advised by Ayurveda to manage stress as well as stress induced allergies”.

IAFA is welcoming you to feel and realize the magical experience of pure Ayurveda!!!

 

-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
Master’s in Health Administration

Diet in Stress related Allergy

Do’s (Pathya)

  • Easily digestible food
  • Freshly prepared food
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Bath every day 
  • Regular exercise
  • Adequate sleep (Average 8 hours)
  • Regular meditation (Average 20 minute / day)
  • Sleep early and wake up early

Don’ts (Apathya)

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Regular use energy drink
  • Regular intake of non-vegetarian food
  • Junk food 
  • Spicy food
  • Day sleep
  • Stressful work without relaxation
  • Anxiety & Tension
  • Late night work
  • Inadequate sleep

Yoga in Stress related Allergy

Yoga postures are extremely beneficial in reducing stress and to relax body and mind. Regular practice of Yoga strengthens immune system and helps to control the intensity of allergic symptoms. Following Yoga postures will be beneficial in stress related Allergy

  • Bhujangasana
  • Garudasana
  • Balasana
  • Supta badha konasana
  • Vajrasana
  • Savasana

Pranayama in Stress related Allergy

Kapalabhedi, Anulom vilom, bhramari etc. are breathing exercises that help to reduce stress. Practice of pranayama help to attain the mental stability. This plays an important role in the cure of stress related Skin Allergy.

Treatment of Stress related Allergy

Stress related allergy is treated effectively by the combined therapy of internal medicines, external medicines and treatment procedures in Ayurveda.

Internal medicines include

  • Kalyanakam kashaya
  • Saraswatarishta
  • Aswagandharishta
  • Ahiphenasava
  • Aswagandha choorna

  • Kapikachu choorna
  • Mahapaishachika ghrita
  • Pancha gavya ghrita
  • Arogyavardhini vati

External application of following medicines is also found to be very effective

  • Ksheerabala taila
  • Himasagara taila

  • Brihat chandanadi tailam
  • Kachuradi choorna

Treatment Procedures

  • Siroabhyanga (Head massage with oil)
  • Sirodhara (Pouring medicated liquid on forehead)
  • Siro vasthi (Retention of medicated oil on head)

  • Ksheeradhara (Pouring medicated milk all over the body)
  • Talam (Placing medicated powder as paste on bregma)
  • Nasyam (Nasal installation)

Single herbs used in case of Stress related Allergy as per Ayurveda

  • Aswagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Kapikachu (Mucuna pruriens)
  • Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

  • Usheera (Vetiveria zizanoides)
  • Kooshmanda (Benincasa hispida)
  • Ahiphena (Papaver somniferum)

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is stress related allergy?

Answer: Stress related allergy is the condition where mental stress and strain activates allergic manifestation on body. It is mainly manifested as rashes on skin

Question: What are the symptoms of stress related allergy?

Answer: Stress related allergy is mainly manifested as bumps on skin. It may produce itching and burning sensation.

Question: How Ayurveda manages stress related allergy?

Answer: Ayurveda has unique treatment protocol for the management of stress related allergy. It includes specific internal medicines, external medicines and treatment procedures.

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