Wheat Allergy occurs when the body’s immune system produces antibodies to proteins found in wheat. In many cases, it is confused with celiac disease but these are two different disorders because in celiac disease, the body produces antibodies against gluten.
Concept of Wheat Allergy in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, wheat allergy can be correlated with the concept of formation of ama (undigested food residue that results in the formation of toxins) due to deranged Agni (digestive fire) which results in Anna vaha srotas dushti. Agni is deranged due to the factors such as over-eating, wrong food combinations, excessive fasting, irregular eating habits etc. It results into the formation of Ama. When Ama is formed, it results into cardinal symptoms such as giddiness, malaise, yawning, body aches, thirst, fever, anorexia, improper digestion of food etc.
When agni is deranged, the proper digestion of food becomes difficult and the food being undigested gets toxic. If the digestive fire doesn’t work properly, there is not proper transformation of the rasa which nourishes all the dhatus. As a result, it acts like a poison and gives rise to several disorders.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Wheat Allergy
Ayurvedic treatment of wheat allergy involves stimulation of digestive fire. To stimulate the digestive fire, the ayurvedic medicines which acts as deepan (appetizer), pachan (digestive) and rasayana (rejuvenative). After agni is restored, rasayana chikitsa is given to promote strength, immunity and vitality.
The Ayurvedic treatment of Wheat Allergy by IAFA is based on time tested formulations to counter the imbalance of body functioning where body has become its own enemy. At IAFA, every patient is considered as an individual entity. Ayurvedic medicines for Wheat Allergy by IAFA include:
1. Curcumin Capsule
Curcumin Capsule by IAFA contains the goodness of alkaloid curcumin found in turmeric. The anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory actions of turmeric help in strengthening and repairing the intestinal walls which are damaged due to wheat allergy and cause digestive problems. These capsules also aid in relieving symptoms of indigestion, abdominal bloating and pain. Curcumin also helps in strengthening the immune system.
Dose: Take 2 capsules once a day.
2. Aahar Amrutham Gulika
Institute of Applied Food Allergy (IAFA)’s Aahar Amrutham Gulika is a wonderful herbal formulation for the treatment of wheat allergy. It is an excellent natural friendly preparation. These tablets are prepared under hygienic conditions and possess digestive enzymatic stimulation with immune modulator action.
Ingredients of Aahar Amrutham Gulika are:
Dose: Take 2 tablets twice a day in between meals.
3. Anthra Mitram Gulika
IAFA’s Anthra Mitram Gulika is a Parpati preparation. Parpati is used in Ayurveda for the proper absorption of nutrients. Parpati is the form which is obtained in flakes and gets disintegrated in the body at the level of intestine. Hence, Anthra Mitram Gulika by IAFA is very effective in wheat allergy. It is free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.
Ingredients of Anthra Mithram Gulika are:
Praval Panchamrut (with mouktik)
Piyush Villa Ras
Mukta Panchamrit Ras
Kutaja ghan Vati
Mukta Shukti Pishti
Dose: Take 1 tablet twice a day.
4. Kutaja Ghan Vati
Kutaja Ghan Vati is a classical Ayurvedic preparation. The main ingredient of Kutaja Ghan Vati is bark of Kutaj tree (Holarrhena antidysenterica). The bark of this tree is extremely useful in excessive diarrhoea associated with wheat allergy. It shows quick results without causing any side effects.
Dose: Take 1 tablet twice a day.
5. Triphala Capsule
Triphala is a classical herbal combination comprising three fruits. Triphala is efficient in detoxifying the body and getting rid of harmful toxins. The richness of antioxidants in triphala supports bowel health as well.
Dose: Take 2 capsules once a day or at bed time.
6. Aahar Amrutham Chai
IAFA’s Aahar Amrutham Chai is the best herbal tea for supporting complete digestion of a wide range of foods. It is useful in alleviation of food related health ailments due to intake of incompatible food or incorporation of foreign or unfamiliar food. It is crafted with 6 Ayurvedic herbs. These are:
Dose: For adults: ½ teaspoon for one cup of tea to be taken twice a day. For children: 1/4th teaspoon for one cup twice in a day.
Some Home Remedies for Wheat Allergy
1. Baelgiri Juice (Aegle marmelos)
Bael fruit works wonderfully in controlling as it reduces the frequency of bowel movements. It also helps to protect and prevent ulceration of the inner mucous lining of the stomach and intestine. Take fresh juice of bael fruit regularly once or twice a day.
Steamed apples are quite useful in wheat allergy as these have natural anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine effects. Apples also remove toxins within the system.
3. Fennel and Cumin Water
Combine fennel and cumin in equal quantities and steep them together. Drink this water for improving digestion. This water helps in secreting digestive enzymes, improves absorption and clear the accumulated toxins.
Take 2-3 slices of ginger with black salt before taking food. Ginger, being anti-inflammatory and aam-pachak, helps in wheat allergy.
5. Fenugreek Seeds
Boil some fenugreek seeds in water for 10 minutes, strain and add some jaggery powder to it. This mixture can be taken on an empty stomach for wheat allergy.
Thus, the herbal formulations along with changes in diet and proper lifestyle can help in the successful treatment of wheat allergy.