According to Ayurveda an ancient healing system, one develops allergies when ojas (life force) is depleted & when the immune system is weakened. High quality ojas is primarily built from proper digestion of wholesome foods, and is depleted through stress, lack of rest, toxic foods, irregular eating habits and routines & turbulent emotions. Ayurvedic management of allergies includes :
a) Diet, Nutrition and Digestion – Allergies can be aggravated through improper diet. Foods that can be easily digested, creating nutrients that are then assimilated into the tissues to rebuild their strength is recommended. Prepare foods in ways that create maximum nourishment for the body.
b) Stress Management and Improved Emotional Function-Allergies are worsened by heightened stress and mental fatigue. Sleep disturbance that is often created by symptoms of allergies increases fatigue, which in turn increases one’s susceptibility to stress, which in turn aggravates the allergy condition. Meditation relieves the stress component of allergies.
c) Lifestyle and Daily Routine – Regularity in our daily routine is highly effective as one of the most important factors for balancing Vata and keeping the natural cleansing processes strong is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms
d) Ayurvedic Herbs -Appropriate herbal formulas is advised for aiding the healing process, strengthening digestion and helping the body purify itself.
e) Herbalized Oil Massage – Daily oil massage creates heat and friction which enhance circulation and help cleanse the areas of chemical impurities that could be causing symptoms of allergies.
f) Cleansing therapies – Treatment program of massage, application of herbalized preparations and mild internal cleansing therapies like panchakarma is the cornerstone of ayurvedic treatment.
g) Exercise – Ayurveda considers proper stretching and flexibility exercises to have a very positive effect on the body’s healing response and the treatment of allergies. Yoga breathing practices that create a state of restful alertness in mind and body.
Thus, Ayurveda is an integrated approach to allergy as it eliminates toxin buildup, stabilize the nervous system, enliven the healing ability of the body and manage stress and thereby strikes the allergy at its root.