What is hay fever?
Hay fever or allergic rhinitis are allergic reactions that occur in the eyes and nose. This is essentially an allergic reaction to the nasal airways, caused mainly by pollen.
What is an allergic reaction?
The health system handles allergens, but if it is stressed or tense, or if there is an infection or if the person is tired, then the arrival of the allergen suggests balance and allergic reaction. This can take the form of hay fever, skin rashes or stomach upset.
What happens to an allergic reaction?
Scattered throughout the tissues lining the surface of the body, skin, nose, eyes, lips, mouth, lungs and intestines are millions of single cells called mast cells, which are responsible for producing a chemical called histamine when the allergen (antigen) penetrates the body. These histamines cause allergic reactions in the form of itching.
The human body, consisting of many sensitive areas, is prone to the smallest changes in physiology. Allergic reactions to the skin, eyes and nose are the most commonly observed.
The release of histamine into the skin causes irritation and itching. Due to excess histamine in the blood, blood plasma leaks out of the blood and is captured under the skin and creates white bumps called hives.
Allergic reactions in the eyes cause irritation and itching The eyes can become red and watery and the membrane will swell. The tears run down the nasal passage and cause shortness of breath and pus.
The allergic reaction in the nose produces an immediate reaction that causes continuous sneezing and headache.
Ayurvedic view of hay fever
Ayurveda believes that a person with a poor digestive system (weak digestive fire) has toxins in his body and Ayurvedic hay fever revolves around this principle.
During the winter months, more fat or coffee forms an additional insulation layer that raises the body’s basic temperature. At the end of the winter season, the rising ambient temperature melts this extra mucous layer, which slowly moves into the bloodstream. Ideally, the body systems either neutralize or secrete such toxins.
Those individuals whose body lacks or lacks this ability to neutralize and secrete are considered more susceptible to allergic reactions and hay fever. This mucosa or coffee is in some way responsible for the weakening of the digestive fire or the digestive lamb.
Vata is responsible for changes and movements in the body. Seasonal changes in nature trigger Vata’s humor. Another aspect is the nervous system. Our nervous system is the main site of Vata dosha. Weighted or over-stimulated Vata dosha (and its main seat of the nervous system) causes continuous sneezing and headaches.
Hay fever treatment with Ayurveda medicine
- Since we all differ in basic physiology, the symptoms of hay fever can also vary from person to person. Ayurveda differentiates the symptoms according to these clearly different body types.
- A person with a defective wadding dosha is more susceptible to sneezing, headache, insomnia, dry mouth and throat and generalized aches and pains.
- A situation with pita dosha would get more symptoms suppressed by pita, such as burning and tearing in the eyes, nettle fever, sore throat and inflammation, feeling fever and sometimes stomach discomfort.
- Allergy caused by coffee is more likely to get runny nose, nasal block, sinus infection, itching, heaviness and lethargy.
- As the symptoms vary by dosage, the aids for hay fever must also be personalized.
- If you want to build up your resistance to hay fever or any allergies for that matter, talk to your Ayurvedic practitioner.
- You may also want to consider if you have any ability to prevent hay fever than trying to cure hay fever.
Treatment of hay fever in Ayurveda is based on the type of individual or dosha. While natural and home remedies are helpful in controlling hay fever, it is better to consult a Ayurvedic physician for naturopathic holistic and long-term treatment. A practitioner will first identify your primary dosha. Then they would identify the specific type of dosha that triggers the hay fever. They would use this diagnosis to create a personalized treatment plan. Combine initial treatment, lifestyle changes and changes to your long-term diet.
Natural options for relieving hay fever
Natural remedies for hay fever are our herbs every day as:
- Buzzard (Tinospora cordifolia or leaf lunar seeds)
- Goodchi is a well-known immunomodulatory herb
- It can also correct digestive disorders and cleanse the liver
- Tentacles (Piper longum, belongs to the pepper family)
- Taps is an immunomodulatory herb
- Has mucus removal properties
- Toxin remover
- Bronchodilator herb
- The sweet herb soothes the lungs and throat
- Acts as an expectorant
- Pushkaramol (Inula racemosa, belongs to the daisy family)
- Expectorant and bronchodilator
- Malabar kernel (Adhatoda vasica)
- Expectorant and bronchodilator
Ayurvedic preparations for hay fever
Although there are numerous classic ayurvedic preparations, one must consult an ayurvedic physician for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the well-known classic preparations that can be used are as follows:
- Chyavana prasham
Nasya and other Ayurvedic remedies for hay fever
Nasya medications or nasal drops are very useful in rhinitis. The daily administration of anutamyl prevents the nasal mucosa from further antigen attack and thus is a preventative medicine against hay fever.
Virechana treatment or cleansing is a cleansing process and removes toxins from the gut. Virechana is considered a maintenance therapy for the treatment of hay fever.
Importance of proper diet in hay fever remedies
The Ayurvedic diet supports herbal treatments against hay fever. Failure to follow a strict diet can create a dosha imbalance. An incompatible diet can also reduce the effectiveness of baseline treatment.
Reduce or, if possible, completely avoid the following:
- Tomato, pineapple
- Yogurt, cream cheese and fermented foods like vinegar
- Artificial sweetener, sauces and cold food
- Fried food, red meat
- Consume more than the following
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Digestion correction herbs such as cumin, coriander dill, ginger, basil, parsley and turmeric.
- Drink 2 to 3 liters of water daily. This is considered positive in the process of purifying the body.