Shellfish allergies are rare allergies that are more commonly seen in adolescents and adults than in young children. The types of seafood allergies that can cause allergies are scaly fish and shellfish, molluscs such as oysters, mussels, and squids, crustaceans such as prawns, crayfish, and yabbies. The allergic reactions to fish are mild in nature but the reactions can be unpredictable.
What are the Causes of Shellfish Allergy?
The immune system of the affected individuals reacts to specific allergy triggers in the body. The antibodies produced by the immune system detect the allergen and produce inflammatory reactions and release chemicals known as histamines. The allergic reaction to fish is mainly caused by a specific kind of protein known as Parvalbumin.
What are the Symptoms of Shellfish Allergy?
- Nausea and indigestion
- Hives or a skin rash
- Cramps in the stomach
- Stuffy or runny nose
Anaphylaxis due to shellfish allergy is rare but it is the most severe form of allergic response. The symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
- Swollen throat
- Trouble in swallowing
- Passing out
- Red rash with hives
Shellfish Allergy – According to Ayurveda
In Ayurvedic texts, there is a concept of “Satmya”. According to this Ayurvedic concept, diet or medicine which suits one person may or may not suit another person. Diet may also vary according to Desha (place of living). Therefore, if any food which is non-conducive is consumed, it causes adverse effects on the body. Similarly, seafood allergy causes allergy in individuals who are ‘Asatmya’ to that and there will be an immune reaction.
What is the Ayurvedic Treatment of Shellfish Allergy?
Ayurveda believes that Asatmya is a result of weak digestion which is caused due to imbalanced Agni (digestive fire). Due to weak digestive fire, toxins are produced within the system. Therefore, Ayurvedic treatment involves strengthening the digestive fire as well as digestion and prevention of ama (toxins). Ayurvedic treatment of shellfish allergy involves shaman chikitsa (prescription of internal medications), lifestyle modifications, and a strict diet regimen.
What are the Herbal Remedies for Shellfish Allergy?
Institute of Applied Food Allergy® (IAFA) provides fruitful treatment for the successful management of shellfish allergy with the help of herbs and herbal remedies. IAFA strictly works on the principles of Ayurveda. It provides the best care and service for all types of allergies including shellfish allergy through Ayurveda. Herbal remedies for shellfish allergy by IAFA are:
1. Aam Visha Balance
IAFA Aam Visha Balance tablet is developed under the guidance of Ayurveda experts under good quality conditions. The ingredients of the Aam Visha Balance Tablet help in expelling the accumulated toxins in the digestive tract by stimulating the digestive fire. These tablets are also useful in preventing the further synthesis of ama in the body. It is well tolerated and considered safe.
Dose: Take 1-2 tablets twice a day after food.
2. Aahar Amrutham Gulika
Aahar Amrutham Gulika is a proprietary Ayurvedic medicine manufactured by IAFA for the treatment of chronic allergies due to incomplete digestion of food. It is an excellent natural Ayurvedic preparation enriched with ama-eliminating herbs. These herbs act as anna-rasa-udaka vaha srotasam atipravruti thus making this tablet intestinal friendly preparation.
Dose: Take 1-2 tablets before food.
3. Aahar Amrutham Chai
Aahar Amrutham Chai by IAFA is a unique blend of six immune system rejuvenating Ayurvedic herbs. It is useful for the alleviation of food-related health ailments in the body due to various allergies or incorporation of foreign or unfamiliar food. Regular intake of Aahar Amrutham Chai is useful in eliminating visha and ensures a good digestive fire balance. All the herbs present in it have extensive antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. This tea can also be used as a substitute for tea and coffee and can be consumed by individuals even after shellfish allergy.
Dose: ½ teaspoon (2.5 gm approx.) for 1 cup of tea twice a day.
4. IAFA Detox Powder
IAFA Detox Powder is a unique blend of carefully chosen 10 Ayurvedic herbs. These herbs work in a synergistic manner to assure good digestive fire balance and eliminate Aam Visha (toxins). The regular use of this powder helps in relieving the state of indigestion at the level of digestive tract and tissue and can be administered to any age group as it has no side effects.
Dose: Take 15-25 gm powder on an empty stomach with warm water.
5. Anthra Mitram Gulika
Anthra Mitram Gulika by IAFA is a perfect solution for effective intestinal absorption of nutrients. The preparation of these tablets is based on the Parpati concept mentioned in Ayurveda. Parpati is a form that disintegrates in the body at the level of Grahani i.e., duodenum region of the intestine.
Dose: Take 1-2 tablets twice a day after food.
Diet and Lifestyle
- Avoid foods that contain fish such as fish oil, fish sticks, fish gelatin.
- Avoid all fish as well as products that contain fish.
- Some yoga postures such as matsyasana, paschitmosana, pavanmuktasana are quite beneficial.
- Pranayama such as Nadi shodhan pranayama, bhastrika pranayama and kapalbhati should be done on a regular
Thus, Ayurvedic treatment at IAFA provides better care and successful management of shellfish allergy with herbal remedies.