The word chronic means that the nasal inflammation is a long term, lasting for more than four consecutive weeks. Rhinitis is a medical term for the inflammation of inner lining of the nose. Chronic allergic rhinitis is different from acute rhinitis, which only lasts for a few days or up to four weeks only.
Chronic allergic rhinitis is most commonly caused due to allergies, also known as hay fever but there are several other causes of chronic allergic rhinitis such as irritants in the air, smoking, intake of certain medications, pregnancy, other medical conditions such as asthma, chronic sinusitis etc.
Chronic allergic rhinitis isn’t as common as allergic rhinitis. Chronic allergic rhinitis represents about 1/4th of all rhinitis cases.
What are the Symptoms of Chronic Allergic Rhinitis?
The main symptom of chronic allergic rhinitis is nasal congestion. The patients may have feeling to blow the nose all the time, but little mucus actually comes out. This is because congestion is not caused due to mucus, but rather because the nasal passages are swollen. Other symptoms are:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
Concept of Chronic Allergic Rhinitis – According to Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, it is caused due to the imbalance of kapha and vatadoshas. The formation of ama (toxins) affects the rasa and rakta dhatu which leads to the manifestation of pratishaya. Wrong diet which has antagonist properties such as taking fish with milk, desi ghee with honey, ice cream after night meals, taking milk with fruit juices etc. for a long time leads to chronic allergy rhinitis.
According to Ayurveda, chronic allergic rhinitis is caused due to the following factors:
- Mandagni – low digestion strength
- Kaphavrudhhi – increase of kaphadosha in the body
- Virudhhahara – intake of wrong food combinations
- Allergens – external factors such as exposure to dust, pollen etc.
- Long term intake of drugs such as aspirin
- Through pet animals.
Treatment of Chronic Allergic Rhinitis in Ayurveda
Ayurvedic treatment for chronic allergies involves the use of medications, medicated oils etc. Medicated oils having katu, tikta rasa and ushnavirya help in pacifying the kaphadosha and congestion is reduced, therefore useful in the treatment of chronic allergic rhinitis.
Medicated oil having snigdha property is helpful in reducing itching in nasal passage.
In addition to ayurvedic medicines, nasya with medicated oils is also a very effective treatment for chronic allergic rhinitis.
Some of the Home Remedies for Chronic Allergic Rhinitis
1. Amla (Emblica officinalis)
Take 1 teaspoon of amla powder mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey twice a day.
2. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Take a cup of water and add ½ teaspoon of licorice root powder, ¼ teaspoon of black pepper powder, 1.5 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger and 10-12 basil leaves. Boil this water until it is reduced to half. Drink this water when lukewarm in the morning and evening.
3. Turmeric Powder (Curcuma longa)
Taking ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder with water also helps in providing relief.
4. Herbal Tea
Take 1 cup coriander seeds and lightly roast them, ¼ fennel seeds, 1 tbsp black pepper, ½ cup cumin seeds. Grind the above ingredients finely and store them. Make herbal tea by boiling ½ cup milk and ½ cup water. Add the above mixture and jaggery powder according to taste. Drink this tea every morning.
5. Diet and Lifestyle
- Include Kapha Nashak foods in the diet such as black pepper, legumes, soups etc.
- Regular intake of lukewarm water is also beneficial.
- Avoid heavy foods, fermented foods, too hot or too cold foods, soar food, non-vegetarian food, curd, yogurt, ice cream, desserts and fruit like banana.
- Avoid the intake of alcohol and cold beverages.
Chronic Allergic Rhinitis causes a great discomfort to the sufferers but treating it an Ayurvedic way removes the root cause and increases immunity. Home Remedies for Allergic Rhinitis start showing results within a few days. Thus, maintaining a lifestyle balance along with Ayurvedic treatment can be a lasting cure for chronic allergic rhinitis.