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Allergy

The hypersensitive reaction caused by the immune system of body due to interaction with a particular substance or material or situation is called as Allergy. The comparatively harmless substances which causes allergy is called as Allergens. Food, dust, pollen, drugs etc. may become allergens to cause various allergic conditions. The vast experience of IAFA proves that Food allergy, Skin allergy and Nasal allergy are the most recorded allergic cases.

Allergy March

The progression of allergic disorders is called as Allergic March. The progression starts with Atopic dermatitis, Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) and Asthma. 

The first step of Allergic March: Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis, a pruritic skin disease of childhood is the first step of Allergy March. The statistics show that in the affected cases, most of the children got it at the age less than five. The period of 6 months to 1 year is more prone to get affected with Atopic dermatitis. 

The end points ( Progression) of Allergy March: Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma

The various studies shows the relationship between Atopic dermatitis, Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma. The risk of getting into the stage of Asthma is high in a case with a clear history of childhood atopic dermatitis. 

Role of Food Allergy in Allergy March

Food allergy plays an important role in Atopic dermatitis manifestation, which is considered as the first step in Atopic dermatitis. Food allergy and Atopic dermatitis may co-exist with severity of all possible symptoms. 

Ayurvedic aspect of Allergy

Ayurveda considers allergy as an imbalance of doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha. As per Ayurveda, the improper seasons, sense organ activity and physical actions leads to state of dosha misbalance within the body and mind. Allergy is a condition in which along with all the other doshas Kapha dosha predominant vitiation is been observed.

 

 In general, the term Allergy can be correlated to “Srotasam Atipravruti” translated as the “over action of body channels”. Allergy is caused due to the improper activity takes place in the “body channels”. The improper activity in case of allergy is “Ati pravruti” or “over action” or “hyper activity”.

Ayurverdic Reference of Allergy - Srotasam Atipravruti

The symptoms of Srotas vitiation includes,

  • Moham
  • Kampa
  • Adhmana

  •  Vomiting 
  • Fever 
  • Pralapam

  • Shoolam
  • Vinmutra rodham 
  • Athidaruna avastha

The reason for allergy is “Srotasam Atipravruti”, which means the hyperactivity happening within the various above mentioned body channels. Food allergy can be taken as the hyperactivity of Annavaha srotas (Channel for food) and Skin allergy can be considered as the hyperactivity of Rasavaha srotas ( Channel for digested food products). All allergies can be correlated to the hyperactivity happening in the internal and external body channels mentioned above. The hyperactivity reaction can be caused due to the predominance of any of the doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The effects caused by these doshas are reflected in the various body tissues. 

1. Vata dosha predominant Allergy

Vata predominant allergy may show the added symptoms of 

  • Dryness 
  • Pain 

  • Blackish discoloration
  • Lower abdomen discomfort

  • Coldness and
  • Roughness

2. Pitta dosha predominant Allergy

Pitta predominant allergy may show the added symptoms of

  • Burning sensation 
  • Redness

  • Stomach and small intestine discomfort 
  • Yellowish discoloration and

  • Pus formation 

3. Kapha dosha predominant Allergy

 Kapha predominant allergy may show the added symptoms of

  • Heaviness 
  • Itching 

  • Whitish discoloration
  • Swelling 

  • Chest discomfort

Allergies can occur with the predominance of single doshas as well as by the predominance of doshas in combination. Ayurveda also admits the fact that diseases including allergies can be caused due various factors like,

  • Adhyatmika  vyadhi( The diseases caused by the  vitiation happening to the fetus or  gametes)
  • Adhibhautika vyadhi( The diseases caused by material factors) and
  • Adhidaivika vyadhi( The diseases caused by uncontrollable factors, actions of past life and common disorders)

Ayurveda manages allergies through the combined approach of psychic as well as somatic care along with proper directing of universal forces. Dr.Gupta’s IAFA is the best Ayurvedic destination for all types of Allergic disorder management. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® provides the best care and service for all health problems of your child through Ayurveda”.

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-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

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

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

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