Respiratory allergies


Overview

Allergy in the respiratory system, termed as respiratory allergies is an overreaction of the body's immune system to specific substances that it misidentifies as harmful and the substances that cause it are called allergens.

Symptoms

  1. Wheezing
  2. Cough
  3. Runny nose
  4. Sneezing
  5. Fever
  6. Swelling of nasal mucosa
  7. Feeling of fullness in the ears
  8. Chest congestion
  9. Watery eyes

According to Ayurveda, there are three elements present in our body; vata, pitta and kapha which should be in balance. Because of the above-said causative factors it leads to impairment of digestion and aggravation of all the elements. Impaired digestion causes accumulation of toxins known as ama. Ama spreads and accumulates in the respiratory channels eventually producing allergic symptoms.

Causes

Common allergens

  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Strong odors, including scented lotions and perfumes
  • Chemical fumes
  • Pollen

Other‌ ‌causes‌ ‌due‌ ‌to‌ ‌diet‌ ‌and‌ ‌lifestyle‌ ‌includes:‌ ‌ ‌

  1. Excess‌ ‌intake‌ ‌of‌ ‌sour‌ ‌,salty‌ ‌and‌ ‌pungent‌ ‌food‌ ‌
  2. Eating‌ ‌large‌ ‌amounts‌ ‌of‌ ‌sour‌ ‌gruels‌ ‌
  3. Excessive‌ ‌intake‌ ‌of‌ ‌mustard‌ ‌
  4. Exposure‌ ‌to‌ ‌cold‌ ‌wind‌ ‌
  5. Contact‌ ‌of‌ ‌cold‌ ‌substances‌ ‌
  6. Day‌ ‌sleep‌ ‌
  7. Suppression‌ ‌of‌ ‌vomiting‌ ‌reflux‌ ‌
  8. Insect‌ ‌bite‌ ‌
  9. Contact‌ ‌of‌ ‌poisonous‌ ‌insects/bugs‌ ‌
  10. Incompatible‌ ‌food‌ ‌like‌ ‌taking‌ ‌milk‌ ‌and‌ ‌sour‌ ‌food‌ ‌together‌
  11. Eating‌ ‌food‌ ‌before‌ ‌the‌ ‌previous‌ ‌meal‌ ‌is‌ ‌digested‌
  12. Untimely‌ ‌food‌ ‌habits‌

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  1. Treating inflammation of the respiratory tract. 
  2. Prevent recurrence by balancing the immune response.
  3. Regular intake of supplements can help in long term relief and rejuvenating the body.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol.

When the respiratory system comes into contact with an allergen, the body tries to combat with the allergen by releasing a natural chemical known as histamine. Histamines boost blood flow in the area of your body the allergen affected. This causes inflammation in throat airways and nasal cavity resulting in swelling of  nasal mucosa and wheezing

  • Guduchi, Guduchi satva, Tankan bhasma will help to treat the inflammation and  Surasa and Shwaskuthar rasa is very helpful in conditions like wheezing and it is an excellent drug for all respiratory system diseases. Yasthimadhu helps to heal and repair the tissue and clear the channels from smelly mucus.
  • Mucus normally protects the lungs by trapping bacteria, dust, and other particles before they can get in. Rise in Histamine can cause rise in nasal mucus production including a runny nose and sneezing. Chest congestion and cough due to irritation and mucus from the nasal sinuses dripping down the back of the throat (post-nasal drip).  Sitopaladi churna, Talisadi churna are effective in coughing by clearing mucus and also helps to boost immunity.

(The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbomineral preparations)

Other Therapies: Swedana (Steam therapy), Nasya, Virechana/Purgation therapy (cleaning digestive tract and purifies blood).

Herbs

Guduchi, Guduchi satva, Tankan, Surasa , Shwaskuthar rasa, Yasthimadhu, Sitopaladi churna, Talisadi churna .


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