Ayurvedic Medicines to Treat Allergic Rhinitis

Ayurvedic Medicines to Treat Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis is an immune response of the nasal mucosa to airborne allergens which involves nasal congestion, nasal discharge, itching of the nose, and sneezing. These symptoms may significantly affect the patient’s quality of life. Ayurvedic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis have been used for this condition as modern medicine fails to provide permanent relief from allergic rhinitis.

Modern pharmacotherapies consist of oral and intranasal antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers, leukotriene inhibitors, intranasal steroids, and allergy immunotherapy. Due to fear of side effects of these drugs, some patients prefer Ayurvedic treatment of allergic rhinitis. From ancient times until now, many Indian people prefer traditional herbal treatments for their ailments.

Causes of Allergic Rhinitis – According to Ayurveda

Allergic Rhinitis from an Ayurvedic perspective is caused due to the formation of ama (toxins) in the body which causes low immunity. The accumulated Ama aggravates the levels of Kapha dosha in the body, giving rise to the different symptoms of allergies.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis

Ayurvedic treatment of Allergic Rhinitis includes the balancing of doshas, thus treating the disease as a whole. It involves clearing the sinuses and expelling phlegm, alleviating the dosha, and detoxification. Thus, Ayurvedic treatment involves:

  • Deepana / Pachana to Digest Ama
  • Medicines to Build Immunity
  • Rasayana (Rejuvenation) Therapy

Ayurvedic Medicines to Treat Allergic Rhinitis

Effective ayurvedic medicines are given below which are very helpful to treat allergic rhinitis:-

1. Haridrakhand

  • Haridrakhand is an Ayurvedic medicine widely used for the treatment of Allergic Rhinitis in Ayurveda. The main ingredient of Haridrakhand is Haldi (Curcuma longa).  This herbal formulation is anti-allergic, anti-histaminic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-pruritic in nature.
  • According to Ayurveda, Haridrakhand can be used regardless to the dominance of Dosha.
  • It is good for disorders with Kapha dosha dominance.
  • The main ingredient used in Haridrakhand is turmeric that has an anti-allergic effect. It helps in stopping sneezing, reducing nasal congestion and postnasal drip.

2. Sitopladi Churna

  • Sitopladi Churna is widely used in the treatment of Allergic Rhinitis in Ayurveda. It is a classical Ayurvedic preparation useful in a variety of diseases relating to the respiratory system and immune system.
  • It contains potent immunomodulatory ingredients which enhance non-specific immunity. Therefore, people with recurrent upper respiratory tract infections can get benefits from it.
  • It cures fever linked with flu, chest congestion, and other respiratory conditions.
  • This churna loosens the phlegm due to its anti-inflammatory property,
  • The anti-histaminic property of sitopladi churna inhibits the release of inflammatory mediators and therefore controls various allergy symptoms.

3. Abhrak Bhasma

  • Abhrak Bhasma is a classical Ayurvedic formulation that involves the use of calcined mica for treating respiratory disorders.
  • Abhrak is a powerful mineral compound that consists of minerals such as silicon, calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc.
  • It acts as Rasayan (rejuvenative), balya (improves strength), deepana (enhances the digestive fire), pachana (helps in digestion), rochana (stimulates appetite), jvarahar (useful in fever), anulomana (improves breathing), kasahar (relieves cough), shwasa har (relieves breathing difficulties) etc.
  • Regular intake of this bhasma in prescribed doses strengthens the lung tissues and augments lung health.

4. Chyawanprash Rasayana

  • Chyawanprash is an Ayurvedic nutritional supplement prepared from various herbs, herbal extracts, and minerals.
  • It is very rich in Vitamin C and helps in the prevention and treatment of a variety of disorders through its immunomodulator effects and rejuvenation properties.
  • It helps in the treatment of allergic rhinitis by improving the body’s defense mechanism to fight against external stimuli.

Aahar (Diet Recommendations)

  • Light food and drinking lukewarm water should be preferred. Include kapha nashak food in the diet such as little spicy food, legumes, soups, etc.
  • Avoid the intake of sweets, cakes, ice-creams, desserts, yogurt, and curd.
  • Consumption of alcohol and cold beverages should be avoided.
  • Avoid heavy food, fermented food, food that is too hot or too cold, sour food, non-vegetarian food, and fruits such as bananas.

Vihar (Lifestyle Changes)

  • Rubbing Nilgiri oil or mint oil on the chest helps to prevent the triggering of an attack.
  • Regular inhalation of steam soothes the symptoms of congestion.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid sleeping during the daytime.
  • Get sufficient rest.

Herbal Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis at IAFA®

We at IAFA® provide the below-given herbal remedies for ayurvedic treatment of Allergic Rhinitis based on our experience and research. All the remedies contain natural herbs which are explained in Ayurveda.

External and Internal Medications for Adults:-

  1. Nasal Air – Dhumpnana Varti for Nasya Karma (Herbal Smoke)
  2. Nasayoga Grutham – Nasal Grutham
  3. Nasal All Clear X Drops – Nasal Oil
  4. Total Care 3X Ras – Swaras
  5. IAFA Respiratory Detox Tablet
  6. IAFA Respiro Detox Formula
  7. IAFA Curcumin Capsules
  8. IAFA Res Chai – 7- Ayurvedic Kadha

External and Internal Medications for Kids:-

  1. Nasayoga Grutham – Nasal Grutham
  2. Nasal All Clear X Drops – Nasal Oil
  3. Respiratory Care X Drops – Kids Herbal Formula
  4. Shishu Laxoherb – Kids Herbal Formula
  5. IAFA Respiro Detox Formula

One can use these medications after consultation.

Conclusion

Along with the prescription of Ayurvedic medicines for allergic rhinitis, changes in diet and lifestyle are also recommended for permanently resolving this disorder and strengthening the immune system. For the best guidance, you can also consult with our health expert.

References:-

  1. Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Seasonal Allergy Chapter No. 8, Page No. 50-54.
  2. Charaka Samhita, Comm. Chakrapanidatta Ed. R.K. Sharma, Bhagwandash, Chowkambha Sanskrita Series, Varanasi, 1984, Sutra Sthana 11/43.
  3. Sushruta Samhita Dalhana Commentary – Nibandhasangraha, edited by Vaidya Jadavaji Trikamji Acharya, Chaukhamba Surbharti Prakashana, Varanasi, 2012, Sutra Sthana 1/15.
  4. Sharma PV, Dravyaguna vijnana – volume II, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India: Chaukhambha Bharati Academy; 2001.