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Ayurvedic Treatment of Yeast Allergy - Causes, Symptoms

Yeast is a living fungus that actively helps in the fermentation of food and drinks. The fungus consumes sugar and converts it into carbon dioxide which helps the breads in fermenting and rising and drinks in brewing. But the bubbling reactions that cause the fermentation, may sometimes result in a few unwanted reactions in the body which may be due to the intolerance towards yeast which produces allergic reactions in return.


Having understood the working of yeast and why certain people are allergic to it, let’s move forward to discuss the details of yeast allergy which includes its types, causes of yeast allergy, its symptoms, and treatment measures. 

Types of Yeast Allergy

It is a highly common ingredient used in a variety of baked goods and alcoholic beverages. When used for making baked goods, baker’s yeast comes to use and for alcoholic beverages such as beer, brewer’s yeast is used. Depending on these two forms of yeast, the allergy caused by it is also classified into two types, namely:

1. Baker’s Yeast Allergy

As the name suggests, this allergy is caused due to the consumption of foods that contain baker’s yeast. These foods are also known as leavened baked foods and primarily include:

  • Bread of different kinds.
  • Cookies.
  • Muffins.
  • Croissants.
  • Biscuits.
  • Cakes.
  • desserts.

2. Brewer’s Yeast Allergy

This is caused by the consumption of alcoholic beverages that are brewed with the brewer’s yeast. Beer and wine are two beverages that are most commonly the brewer’s yeast allergy-causing agents. 

Ayurvedic Reference of Yeast Allergy

Ayurvedic Reference of Yeast Allergy

Symptoms of Yeast Allergy

The allergic reaction causes symptoms, which include:

  • Bloating.
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal weight gain.
  • Mood swings.
  • Widespread body pain.
  • Migraine.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Constipation.

Causes of Yeast Allergy

Yeast allergy is caused when the body mistakes yeast as a threat to the body and begins to show symptoms. It is generally caused by the consumption of goods that contain yeast as discussed in the article.


Few Foods that Cause Yeast Allergy:-

  • Cereals.
  • Bread and baked goods.
  • Beer, wine, ciders.
  • Premade stocks, gravies, etc.
  • Dried fruits.
  • Vinegar.
  • Foods containing vinegar such as pickles and salads.
  • Aged meats.
  • Olives.
  • Mushrooms.
  • Fermented foods such as cheese.
  • Tofu.
  • Strawberries, grapes, black and blueberries.
  • Soy sauce.
  • Tamarind.
  • Yogurt.
  • Buttermilk.
  • Citric acid.

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Diet in Yeast Allergy as Per Ayurveda

Diet in Yeast Allergy as Per Ayurveda

Yeast Free Foods or Alternatives


Eliminating foods and drinks that contain yeast is one of the most important tasks while treating yeast allergies. Foods that maintain the nutritional balance in the diet and are yeast-free at the same must be focused on. Few such foods are:

  • Fruit smoothies
  • Soda breads, which are typically yeast-free
  • Skimmed milk
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Squash
  • Green and leafy vegetables
  • Oats
  • Buckwheat
  • Millets
  • Corn
  • Fresh fruits
  • Unprocessed or non-packaged food

Don’ts (Apathya) in Yeast Allergy

Food Items to be Avoided:-

  • Most breads and some baked goods, such as muffins, biscuits, croissants, or cinnamon rolls
  • Cereal products
  • Alcohol, especially beer, wine, and ciders
  • Premade stocks, stock cubes, and gravies
  • Vinegar and foods containing vinegar, such as pickles or salad dressing
  • Aged meats and olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Fermented foods such as ripe cheeses and sauerkraut
  • Dried fruits
  • Blackberries, grapes, strawberries, and blueberries
  • Buttermilk, synthetic cream, and yogurt
  • Soy sauce, miso, and tamarind
  • Tofu
  • Citric acid

Yoga Asanas to Treat Yeast Allergy

Yoga asanas are one of the most sure-shot and effective techniques to eliminate the root cause of various ailments. A combination of these yoga asanas or postures and pranayama or breathing exercises greatly benefits the entire body. A few asanas for treating yeast allergy are:

  • Sirsasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Pawanmuktasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Kapalbhati
  • Bhastrika Pranayama
  • Nadishodhana Pranayama


Ayurvedic Treatment of Yeast Allergy

Ayurveda suggests certain ayurvedic treatment measures for yeast allergy that help in eliminating the root cause and restoring health. Let us observe a few techniques, practices, herbs, and herbal remedies that help in providing relief from yeast allergy.

Internal Medications for Yeast Allergy as Per Ayurveda

  • Punarnavadi Kwatha
  • Guluchyadi Kwatha
  • Panchatiktakam Kwatha
  • Aragwadhadi Kwatha
  • Amrutha guggulu
  • Kaishoraguggulu Gulika
  • Doosivishari gulika
  • Krimighna Vati
  • Krimisodhini Vati
  • Vilwadi gulika
  • Guggulutiktaka ghritam
  • Tiktakam ghritam
  • Mahatiktaka ghritam
  • Kalyanakam ghritam
  • Hinguvachadi Churna
  • Vaiswanara Churna
  • Avipathi Churna
  • Triphala Churna

Purificatory Therapies in Yeast Allergy as per Ayurveda

  • Vamana (emesis therapy)
  • Virechna (purgation therapy) 
  • Asthapanavasti (medicated enema)

Single Herbs that can be Used in Yeast Allergy as Per Ayurveda

  • Bilwa (Aegle marmelos)
  • Musta (Cyperus rotundus)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum)
  • Kutaja (Holarrhena pubescens)
  • Sunthi (Zingiber officinale)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Chavya (Piper chaba)


  1. Shri. Madhav Acharaya. Ayurved Prakash. Chaukhambha Bharati Prakashan, Varanasi, IV ed, Adhyaya 2 Shlok 21-24; 1994. P. 261.
  2. Dr. Brahmanand Tripathi. Charak Samhita, Charak Chandrika Hindi Commentary, Chaukhambha Surabharati Prakashan, Varanasi, Revised Edition 2001, Sutrasthan, Adhyay 1, Shlok No. 24. P. 9.
  3. Vd. Sadanand Sharma, Rasatarangini, Motilal Banarsidass Prakashan Delhi, VII ed, Tarang 9, Shlok No. 54-55 p. 208, shlok no. 12, p. 201, Tarang 11, shlok no. 19-20, p. 247.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the difference between baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast?

Answer: The main difference between baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast is that brewing yeast produces both alcohol and carbon dioxide whereas baker’s yeast produces large amounts of carbon dioxide and negligible alcohol.

Question: What are the products that contain baker’s yeast?

Answer: Foods that contain yeast as an additive ingredient in preparation are: bread, biscuits, cakes, cookies, etc.

Question: How can one know that he/she is allergic to baker’s yeast?

Answer: If you notice certain symptoms after the consumption of bakery products such as stomach ache, the nose getting stuffy, then there is a possibility of having a baker’s yeast allergy.

Question: Can Ayurveda treat yeast allergy?

Answer: According to Ayurveda, yeast allergy is a result of low digestive fire and accumulation of toxins. Ayurveda has a vast treasure of certain herbs and minerals that correct digestion and help in treating yeast allergy naturally without causing any adverse effects.

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