An allergy is body’s natural immune response that is triggered by inhaling pollen or animal dander, touching certain substances or ingesting certain foods. Allergies to pollen, spores, mold, and dust, also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis affect the respiratory system and are usually the most difficult to control.
When we look at allergies from a naturopathic point of view, allergies are often associated with weak adrenal, immune, and digestive functions. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, beginning natural treatments a month in advance can reduce the symptoms.
Here are a few naturopathic steps you can take to treat your rhinitis naturally:
To reduce rhinitis symptoms, eat a moderately low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diet. Drink at least three liters of water in a day. Include green leafy vegetables, ginger, garlic and onion to boost immunity. Also eat vegetables full of color like capsicum, bell peppers, beetroot and carrot. It is advised to avoid red meat, peanuts, citrus fruits, bananas, wheat and sugar. If possible, start taking vitamin supplements like Vitamin C and E, zinc and flaxseed oil after speaking to your doctor.
Acupuncture is another way to manage allergies. It helps in releasing nasal congestion and stuffiness and reduces phlegm build-up. Acupuncture targets certain specific acupoints to improve the body microenvironment and thus effectively treat diseases.
If the symptoms are severe and in chronic conditions, Vamana Panchakarma treatment, followed by Virechana is administered. Vamana treatment is done in the early morning with empty stomach when there is intense cough. The night before the treatment, foods that aggravate cough are provided to the patient. On the day of the treatment, heat is given to the chest and the back portion to liquefy the cough. After this, a special medicated drink is given to the patient. The waste products are taken out through the upper gastrointestinal tract. After the emesis, the therapy is followed by ghee treatment and a steam bath. Proper rest is advised. In some cases, where the patient has normal digestion strength, Nasya treatment (nasal drops therapy) is administered with herbal oils such as Anu Taila or Shadbindu Taila. After Panchakarma treatments, Ayurvedic medicines are administered to improve respiratory immunity and strength of upper respiratory tract.
Homeopathy includes using castor oil packs, cold bath to the forehead, hot foot baths and nasal lavage. But all these therapies should only be done after speaking to a homeopathy doctor who can guide you in the right directions.
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