Rhinitis from the point of view of Ayurveda
Allergic rhinitis is the result of over reaction of the immune system to outdoor or indoor allergens. Allergic rhinitis is the body’s way to protect itself from the allergen. Allergic rhinitis exhibits typical signs and symptoms of a cold, but unlike a cold, it is not caused by any virus. Mostly it is seasonal, coinciding with the flowering season which witnesses more pollen in the air. Other allergens like grass pollen, animal dander (old skin), dust mites, mould and cat saliva can also be the cause. Symptoms may include a stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, frequent headaches, dark circles under eyes, excessive fatigue, hives and eczema. These are the classic symptoms of hay fever or allergic rhinitis, a type of inflammation in the nose. Generally people have one or more symptoms immediately after exposure to the allergen. Allergic rhinitis can be of two types, seasonal and chronic: Seasonal rhinitis mostly happens in the Spring and Autumn, caused by outdoor allergens. Chronic Rhinitis can occur anytime during the year and is mostly caused by indoor substances like house paints, sprays, or dust mites. Few other factors like temperature fluctuations, sudden onset of cold, humidity, exposure to cigarette smoke, hairspray, perfumes, colognes, wood/coal smoke or fumes trigger or worsen allergic rhinitis.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Rhinitis
Allergic Rhinitis treating with Ayurveda way removes the root cause and increases immunity.
According to Ayurveda Ama is the mine couse of a health problems. Accumulation of toxins or ‘Ama’ in the body may occur due to different reasons, mostly it is weak digestion and low immunity. The build-up of toxins in the body aggravates Kapha dosha in the body that ultimately results in allergies. First step towards the Ayurvedic way of healing is balancing the three doshas and remove toxins.
Ayurvedic treatment involves clearing the sinus and detoxification according to the individual’s dosha. Panchakarma is also recommended. Ayurvedic procedures like Deepanam/Pachanam,Abhyanga,choorna pinda swedam,Thalam, Nalee swedam/ Bashpa swedam, Virechanam recommended at the discretion of the Ayurvedic physician. Nasal drop therapy or Nasya can be used under the guidance of an Ayurvedic doctor.
In addition to strengthening the immune system, dietary and lifestyle adjustments may be needed to permanently address specific health problems.
All ayurvedic medications are made using organic herbal formulations for excellent results. Ayurvedic herbal formulas and treatment plans that are customized as per individual patient condition to treat Allergic Rhinitis. To have your Allergic rhinitis treatment plan and necesary medication please book an appointment with our doctors.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Rhinitis:
Keep your weight healthy
Have exercise every day – walking, Yoga
Sun bath is good vitamin D source
Avoid heavy food
Avoid food that is too hot or too cold, soar food, non-vegetarian food,
Avoid sweets, ice-creams
Avoid yogurt and curds
Boiled milk with fresh ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder is beneficial.
Amla powder mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey twice a day.
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder boiled with a pinch of salt lessens the symptoms.