According to Ayurveda hay fever is a kaphapitta disorder. However people with aggravated can also suffer from hay fever. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction that occur in eye and nose. It is essentially an allergic reaction on nasal airways mainly caused by allergen mainly pollen.
A healthy system can cope with the allergens, but a stressed or strained or fatigued system tips the balance at the arrival of allergens and an allergic reaction occurs. This allergy might take the form of hay fever.
Causes of hay fever
The individuals who lack or are deficient in neutralisation capacity, are more prone to get allergies and hay fever. Vata that is responsible for changes in the body is triggered by Seasonal changes in nature in such conditions. An aggravated or overstimulated Vata dosha triggered by certain factors causing hay fever and certain allergies. The triggers of hay fever are:
- External factors such as pollen, dust, smoke, animal fur or hair etc
- Exposure to humidity dust and cold
- Persistent of disease
- Low immunity
- Family history of hay fever
- Low immunity
- Unhealthy lifestyle during seasonal changes
Symptoms of hay fever
- Congestion in the nose
- Itchiness in the throat and nose
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Decrease in sense of taste and smell
- Pressure in the sinus area
- Heaviness in the head
- Body pain
- Itchiness in the roof of the mouth
Herbs for hay fever
Our everyday herbs act as natural remedies to feel better some of them that can reduce the symptoms of hay fever are:
- Long pepper or pippali – it is an immunomodulator and has mucus removing properties
- Ginger – it has anti-inflammatory properties and removes congestions
- Malabar nut – it is a Bronchodilator
- Liquorice – it soothes the lungs and throat
- Turmeric – it can prevent the onset of hay fever
- Holy basil – it is a respiratory system rejuvenator and cures congestion and runny nose
Diet and lifestyle for hay fever
- Take light, Luke warm and freshly prepared foods
- Include spices like turmeric, black pepper in your daily diet.
- Take hot soups and liquids to liquefy the congested mucus.
- Eat plenty of steamed green vegetables garnished with black pepper and basil
- Avoid heavy, fermented, fried, sour foods
- Avoid desserts sweets and yoghurts
- Avoid cold foods or refrigerated foods
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid dusty, cold and humid places
- Try getting a sound sleep at night
- Try steam inhalation to relieve nasal congestions and sneezing
- Use masks while getting exposed to irritants like dust smoke or pollen
- Follow light stretching and exercises
Hay fever treatment at Ayurclinic
Ayurclinics treatment of hay fever includes shodhan treatment to cleanse called nasya where Medicated Ayurvedic herbal oils are administered into the nostril.
Herbal massages with oils and steaming to the face is followed to help cleanse and clear out any mucus congestion from the sinuses causing redness, burning, itching and watering of eyes.
Panchakarma is also administered in certain cases as an effective means of treating hay fever.
Ayurclinic’s approach towards treatments is to rejuvenate the innate healing response for a complete mental and physical healing.
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