Using Ayurveda to Successfully Prevent and Alleviate Allergies

More and more people in Germany suffer from allergies. In an allergy, the immune system of the body overreacts to an actually harmless substance (an allergen). The reasons for the emergence of an allergy are as varied as their symptoms. The Ayurvedic tradition has some helpful measures available to prevent allergies and alleviate symptoms.

General causes and symptoms of allergies

The causes of allergies are numerous. Among the most common reasons of an overreaction of the immune system include heredity, adrenal weakness, insufficient digestive capacity and an inadequate supply of nutrients and liquid. The most common allergens today are bee pollen, dust mites, animal venom (e.g. wasp venom) and various metals (chromium, nickel Etc.). Symptoms that are characteristic of allergies include a runny nose, watery eyes, headaches, itching, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain, gastrointestinal complaints, cough, or even asthma.

In Ayurveda, an imbalance of the individual Dosha (the vital energies Vata, Pitta and Kapha) is also considered to be one of the root causes of allergies.

Allergic symptoms that can be triggered by a Kapha imbalance:

  • Constipation, runny nose, wet eyes, sneezing, feeling of heaviness/tiredness, severe congestion of the sinuses, coughing
  • Allergy symptoms that can be triggered by a Pitta imbalance:
  • Rashes, headache, burning eyes, sinusitis, bronchitis
  • Allergy symptoms that can be triggered by a Vata imbalance:
  • Headache, noisy breathing (e.g., whistling), pain in the body, sneezing, dry cough

The above symptoms of allergy are first indications of imbalance. For the safe clarification of the symptoms and dosha imbalances, the consultation with an Ayurveda specialist is recommended.

General allergy prevention with Ayurveda

It is best, of course, not to let an allergy develop at all, because it is not for nothing that it says: “Prevention is the best medicine.” Ayurveda experts recommend the following measures for the targeted defence against allergies:

  • Strengthening the digestive system and the entire organism with the help of the right diet and lifestyle.
  • The regular execution of breathing exercises and meditation. This can reduce the stress level and improve the immune system.
  • Daily (individually adapted) training to strengthen the body’s defence.
  • Avoiding excessive exposure to allergens.
  • Nasal irrigation with “Neti Pot”.
  • A balanced dosha.
  • Alleviate allergy symptoms using Ayurvedic tradition

Once allergies have arrived, keep them at bay and alleviate symptoms as much as possible. In Ayurveda, there are particular measures that can support this process. We have summarised particularly helpful Ayurvedic recommendations for the relief of allergies below.

Anyone can easily apply these tips themselves at home:

For allergy symptoms caused by a Kapha imbalance:

  • Mix a little honey with ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, black pepper powder and dried ginger powder. The mixture should be taken before breakfast.
  • Alternatively: mix a spice tea with ⅓ teaspoon of turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, black pepper powder and dried ginger powder and pour into 500 ml of water. Then boil the water once. The tea is then filtered and can be drunk throughout the day. In addition, Kapha tea or stinging nettle can be drunk.

For allergy symptoms caused by a Pitta imbalance:

  • Drink three cups of rose petal tea, liquorice root tea or pitta tea throughout the day.
  • The combination of ⅓ teaspoon turmeric powder, fennel powder and coriander powder mixed with a little butter or ghee has a similar effect as the three types of tea mentioned above.

For allergy symptoms caused by a Vata imbalance:

  • Vata tea or ginger tea
  • Adequate hydration with warm drinks
  • ⅓ Teaspoons of dry ginger powder, Ajwain powder (also: ajowan powder), fennel powder and jaggery can be mixed with ghee before breakfast.
  • The above-mentioned symptoms of allergies and recommendations for the relief of allergies are to be understood as a first indication. When using the recommendations listed above, it is essential to listen carefully to your own body. If there is no improvement or even aggravation of symptoms, an Ayurvedic specialist should be consulted.
  • Ultimately, only an expert can identify imbalances of dosha and treat them purposefully.

Fight your allergies with the right diet

One of the most important factors in the fight against allergies is a strong immune system. In addition to reducing stress and a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy and strong body. For existing allergies Ayurveda experts, therefore, recommend specific nutritional measures:

  • Avoiding yoghurt and cottage cheese of vegetable and animal origin. Besides, no consumption of animal milk or cheese.
  • Salads and fruits should not be part of the diet.
  • Recommended are freshly prepared hot meals.
  • Having sufficient daily hydration with warm drinks is important.
  • Plants such as Amla, Amruth (Guduchi), Ashwagandha and Triphala can have a soothing effect on allergies. However, these substances should only be used after consultation with an Ayurveda expert.
  • Detoxification through fasting, a change in diet or by using herbs.

“WHAT ALWAYS WE CAN DO TO STRENGTHEN OUR OWN HEALTH WORKS BETTER THAN THAT OTHERS DO FOR US.”

Originally Posted by David Frawley, American Ayurvedic Expert

Athena Theel

Athena studies Chinese & Economics at the University of Cologne. Having spent many years in China and Japan, she has developed an interest in holistic medicine. Based on her interest, Athena joined Sri Sri Tattva as a content writer, social media manager and translator.
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