An allergy is a condition that occurs due to the exaggerated reaction of the immune system following exposure to certain substances like dust mite, pollen grains etc.
Alternative and holistic Ayurvedic medicine provide natural allergy relief and treatment by controlling the response of the immune system from triggers like dust mite, grass and pollens.
The substance producing the allergic response are called allergens. The most common allergens include dust mites, pollens, molds, foods, animal proteins, and even medications. However, the patients suffering from such allergies develop the symptoms when exposed to different allergens. The allergen that can trigger an abnormal response of the immune system in one patient, may not cause same or any symptoms in the other patients.
Though recognizing and avoiding the allergens can help to prevent the symptoms of allergies to a great extent. But the wide range of allergens and the varying susceptibility of patients to them forms a major obstacle in the treatment of this disease. Also many times avoiding antigents like pollen, grass is not possible at all. However, the use herbal medicine for respiratory or skin allergy can help to prevent the allergic response to a range of allergens by modulating the reaction of the immune system.
To provide effective allery ayurvedic medicine treatment, firstly an Ayurveda doctor recognises the reasons like faulty food habits, unhealthy life style patterns, hormonal or emotions issues etc, which are resulting in the week immunity. When such people get exposed to antigens, they do tend to experience more allergies symptoms than other people with healthy immune system. Ayurveda believe in re-educating or re-modulating the immunity cells so that one can stay healthy or normal in the presence of antigens like dust, grass or pollen.
The common forms of allergic diseases include:
Allergic diseases are characterized by frequent episodes of symptoms triggered only when the body is exposed to the specific allergen. The attacks occur when the immune cells mount a response to destroy the allergen through the release of IgE antibodies. These antibodies later attach themselves to the cells called mast cells, which produce substances such as histamine when they come in contact with the allergen. The release of histamine leads to the symptoms as given below:
Allergy treatment in Ayurveda is based on the use of herbs that are considered the best natural antihistamine agents and immunity supporter, which can not only prevent the development of these symptoms but also re-educate the inmmunity. Regular use of herbal natural allergy supplements can help to regulate the functions of the immune system and prevent its exaggerated response to the allergens, thus reducing the frequency and intensity of the attacks of allergic diseases.
The allopathic treatments for allergic diseases mainly include the use of medications that block the release of histamine from the mast cells. However, these medications often cause side effects such as drowsiness, fatigue, and abdominal pain.
Besides these, patients may also be advised to take steroidal medications, which are known to cause serious adverse effects especially when they are used for a longer duration or their use is stopped abruptly.
Ayurveda aims to treat allergy by using a herbal natural allergy medicine, correcting the food, correcting the life style, using the panchakarma detox like Nasya treatment etc, that can prevent the attacks or minimize the symptoms by correcting the functions of the immune system without causing severe side effects.
Avoidance of the exposure to the allergen is also considered an effective way to prevent the attacks of allergies. However, most patients are allergic to more than one substance; hence, it becomes difficult to recognize all of them and try to avoid the exposure. Also, this approach needs to be followed life-long. Also, it does not address the illness or correct the abnormalities related to the immune system.
However, ayurvedic treatments for allergy can be highly effective in providing long-term relief, by ensuring the immune system does not react to the allergens in an abnormal way.
The natural herbs for allergies like allergic rhinits are given below. There ayurveda herbs can help in the management of allergic disorders affecting the skin, nose, eyes, and lungs with their medicinal powers at correcting the underlying immune system abnormalities and the imbalance in the doshas.
Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris): Gokshura can be an effective remedy for skin allergy. It can helps to control the symptoms of contact dermatitis such as skin rashes, itching, and swelling. It is also used to treat allergic rhinitis.
Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia): Guduchi may offers an effective allergy rash treatment by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. It can prevents inflammation and corrects the response of the immune system.
Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica): Amalaki provides a rich source of vitamin C that helps to enhance the functions of the immune system. It can be beneficial in the management of allergic disease such as allergic rhinitis, allergic dermatitis, and offers an effective peanut allergy cure.
Ghrit-haridra: Ghrit-haridra (rosted tumeric powder with Ghee) is commonly used as a natural pollen allergy cure in ayurveda medicine. It can works by reducing inflammation in the airways, especially the nasal cavity.
A research done by Sandhya Rani D et al, on 45 patients suffering from allergic rhinitis highlights the uses of Grit-haridra (Tumeric roasted with Ghee). The patients were divided into three groups of 15 patients each. Group A was given Shadbindu gritha Nasya, group B was given Haridrakhanda and group C was given both. After the treatment the patients were examined and group C showed maximum relief in the symptoms.
Neem (Azadirachta indica): Neem can be used to treat the food allergies and intolerances. It can be also effective in the treatment of asthma caused due to an allergy to pollen. It works by regulating the reaction of the immune system.
A research paper published in the semantics scholar highlights the presence of immunostimulatory compounds in neem that enhance the immunity. According to the findings Neem also boosts the body's macrophage response, which stimulates the lymphocytic system, and boosts production of white blood cells. Spleen cells of treated animals showed a significantly higher lymphocyte proliferative response to in vitro challenges. The researchers concluded that neem oil acts as a non-specific immunostimulant and that it selectively activates the cell-mediated immune mechanisms to elicit an enhanced response to subsequent mitogenic or antigenic challenges.
Khadira (Acacia catech): This herb can be used to manage food allergies that may lead to an attack of asthma or skin rashes. It can helps to cleanse the blood and eliminates the toxins from the body. This helps to improve the resistance of the immune system to the allergens and prevents the attacks of allergic diseases.
Anantmool (Tylophora asthmatica): Anantmool in ayurveda is considered one of the home remedies for seasonal allergies. It can reduces spasms of the muscles in the air passages and thus, can prevents the attacks of breathlessness caused due to asthma.
Tulsi (holy basil): Tulsi may helps to regulate the response of the immune system and thus, controls the intensity and frequency of the attacks of asthma.
A research paper presented by Ravi Kant Upadhyay highlights the medicinal and therapeutic value Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum). Tulsi is traditionally used for the treatment of bronchitis, influenza and asthma. A hot concoction of tulsi leaves is given for immediate relief from cold, sneezing, cough and other allergic disorders of the respiratory tract. Tulsi active ingredients showed anti-inflammatory properties and also play a role in modulation of both cellular and humeral immunity. Its essential oil (EO) can be used to abate the growth of mosquitoes and control malaria. It is a good repellent and can be used for deterring flies, mosquitoes and insects.
Ayurvedic believes that several key factors including the inherited tendencies of the person, the strength of his or her digestive fire, and the state of balance or imbalance in the three doshas determine the risk a patient bears to develop allergic diseases.
Ayurveda can offers an effective allergy cure through techniques that strengthen the digestive fire or Agni, and by improving the state of balance between the doshas. Ayurvedic treatments include the use of herbal remedies for seasonal allergies based on the patient’s primary dosha, or the mind-body constitution.
It also advocates following an Ayurvedic diet that eliminates foods, which can aggravate the imbalance between the doshas and even the specific substances to which the patients may be allergic.
Ayurvedic medicine can be considered the best medicine for food allergies as it can helps to treat the disease by correcting its root cause, which is the exaggerated response of the immune system.
Our Ayurvedic doctors in Melbourne, Australia prescribe ayurvedic medicine that can help to control the abnormal response of the immune system against allergens. However, these herbal medicines do not suppress the immune system, but enhance its functions to ensure an improvement in the overall health of the patient.
Ayurveda Melbourne clinic called "Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic" has a team of ayurvedic doctors who believe in treating this disease in a holistic manner instead of just giving medications to block the release of histamine. The ayurvedic doctors at this Ayurvedic clinic also provide dietary advice to minimize the attacks of allergies.
If you wish to enquire more information on hay fever, duct mite, skin, food etc allergy ayurvedic natural treatment in Melbourne, Australia, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.
Dr Gurnam Saini (Ayurvedic Doctor)
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine from India
MD in Alternative Medicine from India
Certificate in Ayurveda Panchkarma Detox from India
Certificate in Ayurveda Pulse & Tongue diagnosis from India
Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Melbourne
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Disclaimer: The information on ayurvedic products and medicines on our website is for educational purposes only. One should not buy these products over the counter. These should only be taken after ayurvedic consultation with an ayurvedic practitioner. The uses and indications of these herbal products are based on Traditional Ayurvedic text books. These herbs should be supplemented with appropriate diet and lifestyle to get beneficial effects. Although there is a lot of research done on Ayurveda these days, yet these herbal products might not hold enough current research based evidence.
1.Ravi Kant Upadhyay, ‘Tulsi: A holy plant with high medicinal and therapeutic value’, Research Gate, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315119094_Tulsi_A_holy_plant_with_high_medicinal_and_therapeutic_value
2.Immunostimulatory Compounds In Neem
3.Sandhya Rani D, Seetha Devi P, V Shreeshananda Sharma, ‘Effect of shadbindu ghrita nasya and haridrakhanda in pratishyaya: Allergic rhinitis’, Research Gate, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272770682_Effect_of_shadbindu_ghrita_nasya_and_haridrakhanda_in_pratishyaya_Allergic_rhinitis
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