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Allergic Rhinitis Allergic Rhinitis or commonly called as allergic cold is reaction of our body to a particular allergen which your body is sensitive to. These allergens could be small dust particle, pet hair, molds, pollen, smoke particles etc. The inner lining of the nose comes in contact with the allergens, gets inflamed and starts reacting with it. Our immune system produces a certain chemical called as histamine. Histamines start the process that hustles those allergens out of your body. This causes sneezing which helps in throwing those allergens out of the nasal passage. Another defense mechanism of our body is secretion of watery mucus to prevent the entry of allergens in our respiratory tract. According to Ayurveda, Allergic Rhinitis can be compared to Vataj Pratishyay (Vataj type of cold). Chronic allergic Rhinitis can be compared to Vata-Kaphaj type of pratishyay. Improper digestion leads to formation of Ama, which disturbs the formation of Rasa dhatu leading to manifestation of Pratishyay. Causes: • Wrong food combinations or Virruddha aahar like milk with sour and salty foods, honey and ghee in equal quantities, fish with milk, ice creams after night meals etc. • Drinking water while sleeping • Drinking water immediately after exposure to sun • Swimming immediately after coming from sun • Eating cold foodstuffs like ice creams, or things kept in refrigerator • Curd, sweets, cakes, pastries, chocolates etc • Seasonal changes Symptoms: • Extensive sneezing (mostly early morning) • Blocked and congested nose • Watery discharge from nose • Itching or irritation in Nose, throat and eyes • Fever • Cough • Tears in eyes Treatment: Ayurveda provides a holistic approach in treatment of allergic conditions like these. Panchkarma treatment provides Purification and cleansing of the system therby removing all the doshas responsible. 1. Vamana: Therapeutic emesis is given according to the condition of patient. Vamana removes all the accumulated Kapha in the chest, and upper respiratory tract. 2. Nasyam: Few drops of specially prepared Ayurveda herbal oils are instilled in the nostrils of the patient for 7-14 days continuously. This clears the sinuses, and improves the immunity of the respiratory tract. After Panchakarma treatment, Ayurvedic medicines are administered to improve respiratory immunity and strength of upper respiratory tract, and also improve digestion.
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