An Ayurvedic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

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An Ayurvedic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Allergy is a hyperactive response of the immune system to specific allergens. Seasonal allergies can occur anytime but they occur most often during spring and early summer when plants and trees are flowering and producing pollens. These dramatic changes in the environment challenge the immune system. Researchers and doctors are still unclear why only some of the population is affected by allergens such as dust, pollen and mold while others are not. Common recommendations are to avoid the allergens that cause the symptoms and to prescribe various antihistamines to stop the symptoms.

According to the Ayurvedic perspective, seasonal allergies are an excess of Kapha dosha when there are heavier, earthy, watery energies predominant in nature. Sedentary lifestyle and the heavier foods of winter could bring Kapha disorders in the spring season like coughing, colds, allergies, sluggishness in mind and body and weight gain. The impurities within the body start to liquefy toxins, flooding the micro-channels of the body making one feel sluggish and toxic.

The long term solution to eliminate allergic reactions is to improve immunity and work toward stronger digestion. Here are some of the ways to restore immunity and fight allergens:

Avoid eating heavy, indigestible foods, oily or fried foods, red meat and dairy. Stay away from leftovers, and packaged, canned, frozen or processed foods of any kind. These are difficult to digest and include chemicals or preservatives that tax the liver and cause creation of reactive impurities. Eat a diet of light, wholesome, organic fresh vegetables and fruits, lentils and whole grains, suited to one’s dosha.

Ayurvedic herbs and spices like Amla, Andrographis, Holy Basil, Turmeric, Ginger, garlic and black pepper help to reduce Kapha and Vata, building digestive fire and improving immunity.

Herbal Support
The herbal formulation designed for all types of allergens is Holy Basil Plus, a synergetic combination of Holy Basil, Ashwagandha, Amla and Turmeric. This is an effective panacea for coughs due to allergic bronchitis, sinus and respiratory congestion. Holy Basil Plus cleanses the blood and improves respiratory function.

  • Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) is traditionally used to cleanse the body of accumulated toxins and promote immunity, supporting strength and stamina.
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a popular Indian herb traditionally used to reduce pain, boost energy and enhance fertility. It is an adaptogenic herb that helps to reduce the negative effects of daily stress
  • Amla (Phyllanthus emblica) is traditionally used to enhance immunity, rejuvenate the mind and body reducing symptoms of heat and inflammation. It is a rich source of Vitamin C and beneficial for vision, liver health and complexion.
  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary herb safe as a food spice. It is traditionally used in the treatment of digestive disorders, liver/gall bladder disorders, edema, inflammatory joint diseases and cardiovascular disease.

Massage oils
Among the most profound and effective healing modalities in Ayurveda is the application of therapeutic oils called Abhayanga or daily self-massage. Such massage helps to remove the accumulated stress and toxins in the mind and body, increase circulation to the nerve endings and promote increased stamina through-out the day. It increases mental alertness and tones muscles and lubricates the joints.

During allergy season a daily self-care massage with Invigorating Kapha oil improves circulation, removes fatigue, lethargy, mental fogginess and boosts energy.

Sinus inflammation could be easily reduced by Anu Tailam which is a classical formula described in the Ashtanga Hrdaya, traditionally used to treat problems of the sinuses, nasal passages, head, throat and shoulders. It used in a unique method of administration called nasya, in which the oil is instilled into the nose, in both preventative and therapeutic regimens. Anu tailam helps to purify toxins in the nose and sinuses, and regulates and restores the flow of prana, the vital bio-energy of the body.

In conclusion, Ayurvedic herbal remedies, massage oils and Nasya drops (nose drops) like Anu Tailam are effective in managing and treating different types of allergies without the side effects of modern, over the counter drugs.

Neelam’s brings her knowledge of rich grooming tradition from India and energetic aspects of various healing modalities in her teaching. Neelam Toprani is an Ayurvedic researcher and the formulator of Sewanti herbal remedies and Padmashri massage oils.

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