Can Ayurveda Cure Food Allergies?
Food allergy refers to a body’s hypersensitivity toward certain types of foods. As it was believed per modern medicine, the only way to cure food allergies was by complete elimination of the food. Sometimes, corticosteroids, anti-histamines, etc. were prescribed, which had severe side effects.
As a result, patients started looking for alternative treatments for their allergies which were more natural, like herbs and herbal treatments. Ayurvedic treatments for food allergies have proven to be safe and effective and are said to eliminate the problem from its roots.
Symptoms of food allergies
The immune system which is meant for attacking viruses, bacteria, and parasites, sometimes reacts to certain foods. This is called ‘food intolerance‘, or ‘food allergy‘. More often than not, food allergies occur in the first 2-3 hours after ingesting the food. Some common symptoms of food allergies include:
- Stomach cramps and vomiting
- Shortness of breath and wheezing sounds
- Low blood pressure
- Throat congestion and/or tongue swelling
- Repetitive coughing
DOs and DON’Ts of food allergy
- Consume well-cooked, warm, and fresh foods.
- Drink sufficient water.
- Include mildly spiced, and bitter foods in your diet.
- Drink herbal tea made with cumin, lemon, and ginger.
- Include fruits and veggies in your diet.
- Practice mild exercise like a brisk walk for 20-30 minutes per day.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep daily.
- Avoid extremely spicy, sour, salty, cold, and fermented foods.
- Stay away from late-night work and sleeping during the day.
- Avoid junk foods, processed foods, fried and baked goods.
- Avoid mixing non-vegetarian foods with milk and milk products.
- Alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking are a big no-no.
- Reduce mental stress.
Ayurvedic Treatments for food allergies
Yoga helps you gain more control over your mind and body while regulating your body’s immune system, helping it to fight against different allergic reactions. Some yoga procedures beneficial for food allergies are – Suryanamaskar, Shalabhasana, Savasana, Padmasana, etc.
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- Internal and external medicines
Medicines should be administered only after a consultation with an Ayurvedic Professional as it varies based on the condition of the patient and the kind of allergy. Some medicines are – Jeerakarishtam, Abhayarishtam, Dashmoolarishtam, Triphala Churna, Aragwadhadi Kwatha, etc.
- Ayurvedic Procedures
Various procedures like Lepana (medical paste application), Abhyanga (oil massage), Dhara (medicated water pouring), Swedana (Sweat therapy), etc. are administered in patients with food allergies as and when required.
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- Purification Therapy
Panchakarma therapy is one of the most common purification therapies. It expels toxins from the body and restores balance to the 3 doshas. They include – Vamana (induced vomiting), Virechana (purification), Basti (medicated enema), Raktamoksha (bloodletting), and Nasyam (nasal therapy).
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Judiciously using medicinal herbs helps the management of allergic reactions. Some of them include – Haridra, Yashtimadhu, Guduchi, Nimba, Rakta Chandan, etc.
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Natural treatments for food allergies deal with the roots of the problem and are holistic. Instead of providing temporary or symptomatic relief to the patient, ayurvedic treatments focus on the overall condition and well-being of the individual.