Allergy
Allergy are described as abnormal reactions of the immune system of humans and animals’ to a normally harmless substance. They are the reaction to allergens (foreign body matter that causes allergy). We are in constant contact with foreign bodies throughout our lives (allergens) in a variety of ways including during breathing, injection, skin contact etc.
Allergens could be any foreign matter that causes allergies in humans or animals. It is seen that allergies are specific to individuals- what may cause allergies to some may not necessarily cause allergy in another. Exposure to dust may cause sneezing in certain individuals whereas it may not cause allergy in another individual. The best precaution against allergies is by keeping away from the very source of all allergens.
Ayurveda considers allergies to be the result of accumulation of toxins and impurities in the digestive level and a person’s low immunity against diseases. Several types of toxins that do not digest properly are absorbed into the body, travel through the circulation and lodge in the respiratory tissues, skin and other tissues prone to allergy. These toxins and accumulated wastes lie in the human digestive system and cause allergies

Symptoms of Allergy 

  • Hay Fever
  • Asthma
  • Sneezing
  • Skin lesions/ Rash
  • Eczema
  • Diarrhea
  • Inflammation

Causes of Allergy

  • Pollens/Dust particles
  • Parasites
  • Animal dander
  • Bacteria
  • Certain Foods
  • Certain Medicines
  • Chemical toxins etc

Ayurvedic Treatments for Allergy 
Ayurvedic treatments for allergies consist of panchakarma treatments and rasayana treatments. Panchakarma treatments are done to eliminate the toxins from the digestive system and clean it from all impurities including chemicals that have accumulated in the digestive system. Rasayana treatments for allergies consist of medicinal herbal preparations like kashayams, choornams, lehyams and a strict dietary regimen and changes to life style.  

Ayurvedic Remedies for Allergies 

  • Avoid exposure to allergen
  • Eat the largest meal of the day at lunch (12 pm- 1.00 pm)
  • Avoid eating heavy meals in the evening.
  • Eat warm food.
  • Avoid excessively hot spices, sour and acidic foods
  • Include spices like turmeric, coriander; fennel, ginger & black pepper in the diet
  • Drink boiled/ warm / hot water about every half hour during the day
Ayurveda & Skin Disorders

Herbal medicines are effective in the treatment of Skin Disorders. Ayurveda uses several herbal plants in preparing oral medicines for cirrhosis patients. The herbal preparations such as kashayams, lehyams choornams and arishtams use herbs such as guduchi (tinospora cordifolia), amalaki (emblica officinalis), yashtimadhuk (glycerrhiza glabra) and gokshur. Ashwagandha (withania somnifera), shatavari (asparagus racemosus), bala (sida cordifolia) and nagbala (sida humilis) are also frequently used to treat cirrhosis by ayurveda practitioners. Herbal medicines used in the ayurvedic treatment for cirrhosis are highly effective and carry no side effects. These herbal medicines have the potential to remove the disease from its very roots. Ayurveda does not merely treat the symptoms. It goes to the very root cause of the disease and eliminates it. Herbal medicines used in the treatment of cirrhosis also ensure that the disease will not re appear in future.

Patients suffering from cirrhosis are advised to consume organic foods and drink large quantities of milk. Spicy and oily foods are to be avoided and the consumption of induppu instead of salt is advisable. Alcohol, meat, eggs, ghee, oil etc as also canned, processed and refined foods are best avoided.

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