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    Wheat And Gluten Allergy (Grahani Roga)

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    Ayurvedic Treatment of Wheat and Gluten Allergy

    Wheat And Gluten Allergy-Grahani Roga

    An allergy is a hypersensitive reaction of the body when comes into contact with a substance that is in fact harmless. An allergy occurs suddenly and is predictable. The hypersensitive response comes from the natural immune system and ranges from a slightly uncomfortable feeling to a fatal anaphylaxis. The substances in your environment that cause allergies, are referred to as allergens. The most common allergens are dust, Pollen, food proteins, certain medications, cosmetics, latex, etc and skin contact with allergens cause skin allergy.

     

    There are 4 types of allergens – namely Albumins, Globulins, Prolamines, Glutelins. Within wheat, prolamins are called gliadins and glutelins are called glutenins.  These two protein groups form the classic glutens.  Gluten is a causative agent of Coeliac disease (CD), and can be contrasted to gluten allergy by the involvement of different immune cells and antibody types .Wheat allergy is an auto-immune disease which causes reaction to proteins (especially gluten) found in wheat. The immune system of a person having wheat allergy develops a specific antibody, a disease-fighting agent, to the wheat protein. Other factors which are responsible for the ailment are environmental and genetic factors.

     

    Eventhough there are some major differences between the three main types of negative food responses (spec. allergy, sensitivity and intolerance), in Ayurveda all comes under Asatmaya  ( intolerance) and  basic root cause lies in Agni. According to Ayurveda, this can correlated with Grahani roga(Sprue) in Ayurveda. Agnimandya (low digestive fire) results in formation of Aama (undigested food) and the disease manifests.

     

    Dr.Gupta’s IAFA provides efficient treatment for Wheat and Gluten allergy through a very thorough approach by assessing the specific condition of the patient.

    Causes of Wheat and Gluten allergy

    It is caused by an abnormal immune system reaction to the protein gluten, which is mostly seen in foods such as bread, pasta, cereals and biscuits. It is an autoimmune condition, in which the immune system mistakes healthy cells and substances for harmful ones and produces antibodies against them (antibodies usually fight off bacteria and viruses).Some gene variations appear to increase the risk of developing the disease.

    Ayurvedic referenece of Wheat And Gluten Allergy-Grahani roga

    Symptoms

    The most common signs for adults are

    • Diarrhea
    • Fatigue 
    • Weight loss
    • Bloating and gas 
    • Abdominal pain 
    • Nausea
    • Constipation
    • Vomiting.

    As per Ayurveda, the symptoms include

    • Muhu Baddha and Drava Mala Pravritti (either constipation or loose stools)
    • Apachana (indigestion)
    • Aruchi (anorexia)
    • Udara Shoola (abdominal pain)
    • Udara Gaurava (heaviness of abdomen)

    Other signs include,

    • Mouth ulcers
    • Headaches and fatigue
    • Joint pain
    • Reduced functioning of the spleen (Hyposplenism)
    • Acid reflux and heartburn
    • Anemia, usually resulting from iron deficiency
    • Loss of bone density (osteoporosis) or softening of bone (Osteomalacia)
    • Itchy, blistery skin rash

    Dr.Gupta’s provides efficient treatment for Wheat and Gluten allergy through a very thorough approach by assessing the specific condition of the patient. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® is the most reliable institute for the management of various allergic manifestations. You will be provided the best Ayurvedic management for Gluten allergy in IAFA.

    Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is here to protect you always from all allergies

     

    -Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

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

    Diet Management in Wheat and Gluten allergy

    Do’s (Pathya) in Wheat and Gluten allergy

    • Take a green food supplement once a day
    • Include yoghurt, buttermilk, juices, pulses and fruits in diet
    • Include old rice, buckwheat, ragi, whole corn, millets and gluten free oats.
    • Include ginger, coriander leaves, lentil, green gram soup, black pepper, nutmeg and skimmed milk in  diet.
    • Include herbs like ginger, fennel and cumin that will stimulate digestive enzyme secretions which will further improve digestion, absorption and clear away the accumulated toxins out of the body.
    • Drink freshly prepared well-churned buttermilk spiced with cumin, ginger and curry leaves regularly. This will improve your agni as well as enhance absorption also

    Don’ts (Apathya) in Wheat and Gluten allergy

    • Avoid all food items that contain gluten like those made from wheat, rye, oats and barley.
    • Avoid processed foods that contain gluten.
    • Avoid bread crumbs, soya sauce, vegetable starch, natural flavouring.
    • Avoid tea, coffee and caffeine as they can stimulate the intestines and cause diarrhoea.

    Yoga Therapy for Wheat and Gluten allergy

    Yoga therapy is extremely beneficial to treat Wheat and Gluten allergy since there is an underlying psychological component in many of the intestinal diseases. Yogasanas and pranayama are more beneficial to the patients.

    Postures include,

    • Balasana (child’s pose) 
    • Parivrtta Trikonasana (revolved Triangle Pose)
    • Setu Bhanda Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
    • Supta Matsyendrasana (Supine twist
    • Ardha Pawamuktasana (Half Wind Release Pose)

    When there is extreme fatigue, pranayama is effective

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Wheat and Gluten allergy

    Primary treatment should be planned such that the agni (digestive fire) of the patient increases. Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle play a significant role in managing the symptoms and treating the disease. Ayurvedic treatment corrects the immune system, calming down the gut brain,  the digestive disturbance, improving the absorption of nutrients from the food through yoga, lifestyle recommendations, Panchakarma therapy and internal medication.

    Internal Medicines for Wheat and Gluten allergy

    • Triphala Churna
    • Dadimashtaka churna
    • Shivakshara Churna
    • Trikatu Churna
    • Hingvadi Vati
    • Kutaja ghana vati

    • Chitrakadi Vati
    • Guduchi satva
    • Dadimadi ghritham
    • Guluchyadi Kashaya
    • Drakshadi Kashaya
    • Pravala panchamrita

    External Medicines for Wheat and Gluten allergy

    • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
    • Tulasi (Ocimum sanctum)

    External therapies for Wheat and Gluten allergy

    • Enema Therapy (using milk and medicated drugs)
    • Lepa((Application of medicines on body)

    Single herbs used in Wheat and Gluten allergy as per Ayurveda

    • Kutaja ( Holarrhena Antidysenterica)
    • Bilwa (Aegle marmelos)
    • Musta (Cyperus rotundus)
    • Pippalimoola (Piper longum)
    • Chavya (Piper chaba)
    • Pippali (Piper longum)

    • Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)
    • Sunthi (Zingiber officinale)
    • Amlavetasa (Garcinia pedunculata)
    • Maricha (Piper nigrum)
    • Haridra(Curcuma longa)

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: What is Wheat and Gluten allergy?

    Answer:  Wheat and Gluten allergy is a condition in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food

    Question: What are the causes of Wheat and Gluten allergy?

    Answer: It is caused by an abnormal immune system reaction to the protein gluten, which is found in foods such as bread, pasta, cereals and biscuits.

    Question: What is the Ayurvedic treatment for Wheat and Gluten allergy?

    Answer: Ayurvedic treatment for Wheat and Gluten allergy mainly aims correcting the digestive fire and therby the doshas and enhancing the power of immune system.

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