Are you dreading the return of Spring? The days are getting longer, the weather is becoming warm but also triggering those allergies and unfortunate Asthma symptoms. Did you know these unfortunate triggers is your immune system’s response to the external substances in the environment, to eradicate any threats to your body? As our immune system reacts to the external factors such as pollen, dust, or mould, we start experiencing symptoms of allergy reaction such as nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes. In addition, some people experience an exaggerated response such as asthma, eczema, or hives. These respiratory issues are very uncomfortable and significantly limits one’s activity and productivity in their day – to – day lives.
In Ayurveda, there are several factors that explain the enigma of these allergies. The extent of these allergies depends on various reasons such as heredity, food, and lifestyle. You may wonder, how do these factors trigger such respiratory issues? Well, according to Ayurveda, these issues are mainly caused due to the imbalance in your doshas. And yes, the type of allergy you experience is based on your dosha. For those, who do not understand about doshas, they are, “The dynamic energies that keep on changing in response to
your actions, thoughts, feelings, seasons, lifestyle and dietary verdicts. They determine the life processes of growth and decay”. A balanced dosha can help you lead a happier and blissful life.
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Ayurveda classifies allergies into various forms, based on one’s dosha imbalance. For instance, if one suffers from digestive allergies such as abdominal discomfort, improper defecation or gas, they have an imbalanced Vata Dosha. The symptoms are not only restricted to digestive issues but wheezing, headache, and insomnia are also considered Vata imbalance. It is quite essential for one to know their dosha and to balance it with the appropriate cure. No! you don’t need to try the complex rituals. However, following simple rituals such as staying hydrated, eating a dosha-pacifying diet, can help you balance yourself. The imbalance in your cosmic energy can cause you to suffer from various mental issues. Thus, it is important to know what is your dosha? to identify the root cause of your problem. In regards to the allergies and other respiratory problems, we have identified the following two doshas that are most affected during spring.
1. The Kapha Imbalance: The allergy symptoms associated with the Kapha imbalance are hay fever, cough, asthma, congestion, irritation in the mucous membranes, and bronchial congestions. To balance this dosha, it is best to eat a Kapha pacifying diet such as no unhealthy snacking, eating more fruits and vegetables, avoiding alcohol and consuming well-spiced foods. Moreover, drinking herbal teas such as cinnamon, or ginger can help you cure imbalance. Following these simple rituals can help you decrease your sensitivity towards
pollen. However, Nasya Therapy is also known to be a powerful tool in treating Kapha based allergies especially congestion, hay fever and Asthma.
2. The Pita Imbalance: The imbalance in this dosha can result in skin-based allergies such as itching, rashes, bloodshot eyes, eczema and dermatitis. Moreover, pitta-based allergies can also cause digestive issues such as indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting. To balance your pitta dosha, one needs to eat a diet that involves blood purification such as eating foods that are light and easy to digest. Moreover, being in a cool environment, practising meditation, and avoiding heavy physical activity during noon time.
The first important step of curing a problem is to understand its root cause, there are various types of Ayurvedic treatments that can help you cure the root cause of your allergy, regardless of your dosha type. The Ayurveda therapies are natural and holistic, they imbibe the use of potent herbs that help cure the disease of its root cause. You may wonder, how can a simple potent treatment be that effective? That’s why this article, talks about the in-depth working of two basic therapeutic treatments to help you develop a stronger immune system and prevent you from using inhalers or antihistamines.
Nasya Therapy: The word Nasya means “Nose” which in Ayurveda is also known as the “Door to your brain”. According to Ayurveda, practising Nasya can help heal your brain and especially the nervous system, promoting a free flow of energy of prana in our system. This therapy is highly recommended in balancing your Kapha-dosha. And is also used as a vital part of the Ayurvedic detox treatment – The Panchakarma Therapy. This treatment has been widely used to treat a variety of health problems such as migraine grey hair, insomnia, sinus, allergies and asthma. Practising this therapy not only improves your concentration levels, but also strengthens your sensory organs, and reversal of ageing effects on your body.
Also read: (The Four Recommended Ayurvedic Treatments for a Happy Mental Health)
Swedana (The Herbal Sudation): A specialised form of herbal steam treatment that initiates sweating and helps liquefy the accumulated Ama or toxins. The practice of Swedana helps to alleviate imbalance in your Kapha and Pita. This therapy helps to reduce stiffness, heaviness, coldness and pain in your body. Moreover, Swedana is known to be highly beneficial for asthmatic patients or those suffering from sinusitis. The therapy usually lasts for 40 – 60 minutes and is also included as a part of the Panchakarma Detox Plan.
There are two main primary types of Swedana procedures:
Bashpa Sweda: This process of Swedana involves a medicated steam bath, where an individual sits in a chamber for a recommended amount of time by an Ayurvedic specialist. This process helps balance all your doshas and providing the body with potent herbal medications to promote overall wellbeing.
Nadi Sweda: This form of Swedana, is highly recommended for reducing body pains, rigidity and stiffness. The steam is generated through boiling potent herbs in a pot for a specific duration of time. Practising Nadi Sweda can help balance those suffering from Vata imbalance and those suffering from fatigue, dryness and various musculoskeletal problems.
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