The Air around us today is more polluted than ever and this has led to multiple health issues. Amongst the more popular health problems is Hay fever or Allergic rhinitis, a type of inflammation in the nose. According to The International Study of the Allergic Rhinitis Survey 2018, Allergic Rhinitis (AR) is a global health problem with a 15%-25% prevalence, affecting children, adolescents and young adults more than any other age groups.
Allergic rhinitis exhibits typical signs and symptoms of a cold, but unlike a cold, it is not caused by any virus. It is the result of over reaction of the immune system to outdoor or indoor allergens. Allergens like pollen, animal dander (old skin), dust mites, mould and cat saliva are generally the causes. Symptoms may include a stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, frequent headaches, dark circles under eyes, excessive fatigue, hives and eczema. While outdoor allergens are responsible for Seasonal Rhinitis, indoor allergens cause Chronic Rhinitis.
While Allopathy prescribes anti-histaminic drugs and decongestants, Ayurveda has a more holistic way of treating this disease. Ayurveda lists six characteristic symptoms of allergic rhinitis. These are sneezing, nasal congestion, headaches, breathlessness, itching in the nasal and throat region and nasal discharge.
Allergic Rhinitis is a result of accumulation of toxins or ‘Ama’ in the body, due to multiple reasons, most common of which are weak digestion and low immunity. The build-up of toxins aggravates ‘kapha’ (water) in the body that ultimately results in allergies.First step towards the Ayurvedic way of healing is balancing the three doshas (biological energies found in the human body). Ayurvedic treatment involves clearing the sinus, expelling the phlegm and detoxification according to the individual’s dosha. Panchakarma is also recommended. Nasal drop therapy or Nasya can be administered under the supervision of an Ayurvedic doctor.
Along with therapy, Ayurveda also prescribes a diet and other healing mechanisms like Yoga and breathing exercises. Allergic Rhinitis can cause great discomfort. Treating it the Ayurveda way removes the root cause and increases immunity. Itoozhi Ayurveda is a leading Ayurvedic Hospital in Kerala, with emphasis on lifestyle therapies.