Recently, if you have been experiencing runny nose and incessant sneezing, there are great chances that you might be suffering with seasonal allergic rhinitis, which is commonly known as Hay Fever. The reason behind this fever as the name implies is the changing climatic condition. The colorful and pleasant spring climate brings itself along with a wide range of seasonal allergies. Reports state that millions of people from around the globe experience this fever due to climate transition, particularly during the transition of winter to spring.
At the beginning of spring season, flowers and trees begin to bloom and the powder substance produced by flowering plants called as pollen gets into the air, thereby triggering the dreadful sniffing and sneezing symptoms along with other allergic reactions.
What causes hay fever?
As mentioned earlier, pollen is stated as the important cause behind this fever. Allergies begin when the pollen grains get into the nose of an individual, who is allergic. Once pollen gets into the nose, it will send the immune system into overdrive, thereby causing symptoms like swollen and itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing. These allergies can also trigger asthma attacks, thereby leading to difficulty in coughing, wheezing and breathing.
What does ayurveda states about Hay Fever?
Ayurveda states that this fever is the result of the body’s over reaction to dust or pollen. These allergens lead to a swelling response by the sensitive mucus membranes that line inside the nose passage. Even though, people with healthy immune system will be in a position to cope with billions of impurities and particles that float in the air that they breath, those with a weak immune system are hypersensitive to this normal invasion.
Ayurveda recommends that people, who are prone to these attacks should be careful about improving their overall immune system health, which will only provide them the long-term solution to this issue.
Ayurveda states that ama or undigested toxins and low immunity are the major causes of allergies. When this ama is carried all through the channels of the body, they lead to accumulation of imbalances in the tissues. Ama can bring about an increase in the kapha and pitta doshas.
Treatment for Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis under Ayurveda:
Ayurveda believes in harmonizing three doshas that are present in the human body will help in relieving the entire disease. The treatment generally involves, detoxification, alleviating the appropriate dosha, driving out mucus and clearing the sinuses. To get an enduring solution, lifestyle and dietary changes are recommended in addition to strengthening the immune system. Ayurveda recommends that panchakarma can effectively cure Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis.
Ayurveda also believes that allergies can be treated with the help of cleansing treatment in the form of nasya. During this treatment, medicated oil is instilled in the nose. This is believed to provide lubrication to the mucus membrane, while permitting the oil to drain up in the sinus cavity.
The other treatment recommended for allergies in Ayurveda is shaman or pacification treatment. Herbs like kantkari, pushkar mul and mulethi vasa can effectively pacify kapha.
Ayurveda recommends that taking half a spoon of Indian gooseberry powder on a daily basis with a spoon of honey can help in getting long-term relief.