Understanding Allergies in Ayurveda

What does Ayurveda say about Allergies?

Written and Researched by Dr V.D Singh

The immune system is the defence mechanism of your body against certain bacteria, viruses etc. which may harm you. But sometimes when this defense mechanism starts fighting with the substances with which it shouldn’t, the condition is called Allergy. Such substances, found in dust mites, animal dander, pollen, insects, ticks, moulds, foods, some medicines etc., are called allergens and are completely harmless for most people.

An allergic reaction begins when an allergen (for example pollen) enters the body of a person, who is allergic to that particular allergen and triggers the release of antibodies. These antibodies attach themselves to special cells, called mast cells. When this allergen (pollen) comes into contact with the antibodies, the mast cells respond by releasing histamine and other chemicals.

Allergy may be atopic (inherited) or acquired. The allergens may hit your eyes, nose, sinus, skin, stomach, bowels, lungs etc and may cause conjunctivitis, allergic rhinitis, urticaria (hives), eczema, allergic asthma, etc and sometimes may result into anaphylaxis – a serious situation which may put your body into shock.

Antihistamines, intranasal corticosteroid nasal sprays etc may provide the symptomatic relief but the episodes may recur once you get exposed to that particular allergen again.

Allergy and Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, Allergy is described as Asatmya. Asatmya literally means Intolerance or Incompatibility or Unsuitability.

In other words, Asatmya is that “which doesn’t suit the self” and ‘self’ here includes mind, body and soul. Pathophysiologically, Allergy is a condition in which either of the doshas ( Vata, Pitta & Kapha), individually or in unison, refuses to accept and adjust with some specific change in diet or environment and as a result, react against the causative factor.

Apart from doshas, misbalanced Agni (Digestive Fire) and hence produced ama (toxins) play a pivotal role in allergic reactions.

The Ayurvedic treatment puts emphasis on clinical observations of signs and symptoms of Allergy. The first line of treatment being  Nidan Parivarjanam ­ – to avoid the cause.

The causative factors may include any of the substances discussed above. However it is not always possible to evade the cause and sometimes even the patient himself is not aware of the allergen; hence, an all-inclusive Ayurvedic treatment is required.

It includes Shamana Chikitsa (Palliative treatment), and once the acute symptoms subside, Shodhana Chikitsa (Detoxification program or Panchakarma) is done to avoid the recurrence.

By and large Ashwagandha, Shatawari and Yashtimadhu are good herbal antihistamines for Vata, Pitta and Kapha  type of Allergy respectively but Ayurveda believes in individualized approach towards a patient and disease.

 Seasons and Allergy

There are certain seasonal allergies which are described as per Ayurveda those are further connected to the state or changes in the season regimen of the earth at that time, means according to the rituachrya.

Ayurveda further states that season trigger allergies due to ‘doshas’ that are involved. To find a treatment, it is important to determine the aggravated ‘dosha’.

Vata types of allergies are caused due to dryness. Symptoms includes dry cough with dry phlegm, insomnia and anxiety. It gets worse in dry or windy environments and also during autumn.

Pitta type allergies cause excessive heating such as burning eyes, rashes and loose stools. The condition usually worsens during summers.

Kapha allergies develop due to moist, humid conditions and worsen during spring time as the weather warms up. It shows up as cloudy or clear mucus production and slow digestion. You should follow a liquid diet of liquefied fruits and vegetables once a week.

For curing allergies with Ayurveda, we must focus on cleansing the body off the toxins and boosting the immune system. If the allergies last all year long, it is advisable to visit an ayurvedic practitioner for proper guidance and diet plan.

How to Cure Allergies with Ayurveda

  • We must avoid heavy foods such as dairy, meats and nuts.
  • We should do hearty lunch and opt for a very light dinner.
  • Drinking plenty of warm water would be much relaxing.
  • Exercising daily.
  • Yoga breathing exercise would be good for relaxing the mind and body.
  • Allergies are worsened with intense stress. Stress causes disturbance in sleep which in turn aggravates the allergy. One must get adequate sleep to avoid allergies.
  • Applying Herbal oil massage enhances blood circulation in the body. This leads to the removal of chemical toxins which might be causing the allergy.

Conclusion

Hence Ayurveda can better deal with the Allergies and we must adhere it according to seasonal regimen, food and taste and for better results one must consult an Ayurveda consultant for complete relief from Allergy.

Regards,

By Dr V D Singh MD (Ay)

 

Ayurveda and Herbal Plants Research Series – The Ayurveda/Herbal Plant Remedy for Mercury, those are born in Jyestha Nakashtra Moon Sign or Ascendant.

The  Ayurveda/Herbal  Plant Remedy for those are born in Jyestha Nakashtra Moon Sign or Ascendant.

 

(Commonly known as Toothbrush tree, Sandpaper Tree, Streblus Asper, Aporosa lindleyana- Same family) 

Botanical Name : Streblus Asper lour.

Common Name :
Siora, Karchanna ( Hindi), Sakhota, Akshadhara (Sanskrit).

Hindi Names : Daheya, Dahia, Karchanna, Rusa, Sahora, Sihora
 
Malayalam: Paruvamaram, Sakhotavrksam

Sanskrit: Akshadhara, Bhutavasa, Bhutavriksha, Dhukavasa, Karkashachhada, Kharacchada, Pitaphalaka, Pishachandru, Pitaphala, Pitaphalaka, Rukshapatra, Sakata, Shakhota, Shankhinivasa.

English: Sand Paper Mulberry, Sahor, Siamese Rough-Bush, Paper Bark.
Bengali: Sheoda, Sheora.
Gujrati: Sahoda.
Kannada: Mittlamara, Ponnolige, Mittle Mara, Mittli Mara, Mitli, Punje.
Malayalam: Pirayan, Pirai, Paravamaram, Paruva.
Marathi: Sahod, Karvatee, Karvati, Karera, Karaoli, Karchanua, Rusa.
Oriya: Sahod.
Punjabi: Shebda, Jindi, Dahya.
Tamil: Pirayan Pirai, Prayara, Palpirai, Kuttippala.
Telugu: Berrenka, Barninka, Bariniki, Bari Venka, Barranki, Pakki.

Urdu: Sehoda.

For More Detailed info : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streblus_asper

General Characteristics:

The Next Nakshatra Category in Scorpio Sign is Jyestha Nakshatra. Those who are born in Jyestha as birth nakshatra or having Jyestha Nakshatra as their ascendant should follow these medical remedies.

The Lord Shani Dev, along with the goddess Jyestha, the god Yama, Vehicle of Shanidev – the crow and the goddess Nirrti all are associated with this nakshatra as mentioned in Hindu mythological scriptures, that’s why they all have a close relation with Jyestha nakshatra for Black mystic powers associated with tantras and black magic. Mainly It has been seen that Blackmagic has a close relationship with the imbalance in Vayu-tattva or Pran Vayu in our body, it reduces the flow of Prana Vayu in our body. In Astrological understanding Planet, Mercury is closely associated with this type of Vata dosha because of imbalance of Vayu in body. Further, it has been observed that Black powers always attacks first Prana Vayu in our body then it controls our brain. Imbalance of Vayu in the body creates Brain fog and total loss of control over brain motors required for body functioning.

For Reducing this sort of negative impact on Jyestha born people, feeding to Black Crow and using the roots of the plants associated with the Jyestha nakshatra could be very helpful in nullifying the malefic impact of Mercury on native mental and physical health’s via tantra and mantra.

That’s the only reason why it is considered as the mysterious sign of black Magician and same its herb is used in many of black magic rituals too, & many of those practices are done under this nakshatra. Many of the people those having much interest in black magic or fall prey to black-magic are born with in this nakshatra
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Fruits and leaves
The Herbal and mystical Plant fall in Jyestha Nakshatra is ” Sandpaper Tree or Aporosa lindleyana or Streblus Asper or Akshadhara or Siora”. Those Natives Having Jyestha Nakshatra or ascendant, falling in Scorpio Sign should plant this in Temple or Donate these trees to get beneficial results for curing the malefic effect in their birth nakshatra for scorpions.Spiritual & Astrological Significance

It is a mystical Herbal plant/tree and have many uses in day to day life. According to the Sthala purana  of  the Dharukavaneshwarar temple in Tirauparaaithurai as explained by Author Nandita Krishna in ” Sacred Plants of India” , lord Shiva stood in the form of Swayambhu Linga under this tree and since then the place and the deity of this temple named after this sacred tree and even in people living in Ganjram district in orissa have local rituals to get marry with this tree if she has not secured a husband before she attains maturity age.

 

Tree Structure of Streblus Asper

Astrologically, Basic Nature of this nakshatra fall in Siora tree is Rakshas Gana, making them too much self-centred dispositions and presiding deity is Indra – King of the Gods usually gives Immense sexual appetite, hunger for power, controlling others, Acute jealousy, sometimes urge for adultery too being inhabitant nature of Indra as seen in historic details.So native of Jyestha Nakshatra Should plant this tree in temple areas to reduce the negative traits of Rakshasa vriti.Those having any planet in Badhak Sthan (For Capricorn Lagna, Scorpio Sign is falling in their 11th house -which is a natural  house of the badha (The form of Rudra – Hara for punishing our bad deeds and the sign link with this house is scorpio, associated with root reason of our karmic sufferings and mainly three nakshatras are falling under this sign, whereas the jyestha is most prone to get affected by the badhaka first, As its ruling lord is Mercury, ruling our brain, Vata Tattva,  which always get effect first by the black and mystic powers, -same goes with the deity – the Indra who always rules or try to control others, that’s why Jyestha native mostly having basic tendency toward power and jealousy and always have deep rooted interest toward Black magic activities, occult or tantra when it is associated with the Badhka graha or sign,  as it is most prone to the badhaka nakshatra among rest of two nakshatras in scorpio),  especially in Jyestha nakshatra can also plant this tree to  get free from health and diseases of Vata dosha.

In Our Panch Anga System, Nakshatra always has seen for the good health and longevity of the native, so any spiritual, medicinal and Herbs/plants/tree connected with the nakshatras always give long life and good health to the native.

Even use of Juices, barks and leaves can work as wonder for the native those are connected with the nakshatras.

So, overall meditation under this tree, use of herbs for mental protection, or planting and Use of Ayurvedic paste of Siora in the body will be very helpful for jyestha nakshatra born natives for nullifying any diseases or for the long life of native.

Common Diseases based on Astrological Significance :

These Natives usually get, Frequent temperature issues, dysentery, cough and cold, asthmatic attack, Vaat Rog, and the stomach problems are the  mainly possible diseases they may face. Many times it has been seen giving Disturbed Mind of native too, with regular insomnia problem, uncontrolled acute headache, Mental stresses, too much disturbing thoughts. It is noticed that these people are affected with one or the other health problems frequently. He/she may also have severe pain in arms and shoulders too.For fixing these issues native should plant Sandpaper tree in their garden, near Temple, Forest area or around their surroundings or to meditate under them for better results, or they can use the herbal pastes from leaves and roots on any of afflicted body part. Medicinal values of these trees is magical and we can use much of it as herb and even we can use as a toothbrush or paste too for curing above diseases.

This herb is Found mostly in Southern side of India and in srilanka.

Herbs Description: 

Herbs descriptions : Yellow fruits with Sharp leaves

Medium-sized dioecious tree. Leaves simple, elliptic-oblong, glabrous. Male flowers in spikes, fascicled, yellowish; stamens 2 – 3. Female flowers in short fascicled racemes. Fruit sub-globose capsule, crowned with short style, opening irregularly. Seeds enclosed in yellow pulp.

Uses: 

 

Plant (nodes) paste is applied on forehead for headache. It has cooling effect.Leaf mucilage is massaged over head for rhinitis and running nose. Oil prepared using its leaf is applied for burns, and also on head for preventing hair fall. Young shoot tip boiled in coconut oil is applied for burns, ulcers and bruises. 

Young shoot tip ground in milk is given for leucorrhoea. Root decoration is given for jaundice,fever and headache. Tender shoot tip and cumin seeds crushed and heated with coconut oil are applied for burns. Leaf paste is applied for tennis elbow and joint pain. 

35 gm root crushed, boiled in four cup water and reduced to one cup is given two times in case of insanity and sleeplessness. Fruit is an appetizer, cooling and is useful for cold. Plant extract is used to remove the Strychnos poisoning. Tender shoot tip is fried in coconut oil and the residue is applied to remove marks of burn.Root decoration is given internally, while leaf extract in water is applied over head and also as bath for insanity, sleeplessness and anxiety. Young leaf along with cumin and coriander seeds are made into a decoction which is used with sugar and milk as tea to remove poison that entered through food.

Fruit is edible and is useful for rheumatism. Root decoction is given for jaundice and protein discharge through urine. Shoot tip along with raw rice ground in water or lime juice is applied for all types of furuncles. Shoot tip ground with cumin seeds in milk is given for 15 daysin case of leucorrhoea and all other types of bleeding’s. When oil gets separated while heating its leaf juice and paste with coconut milk, copra gratings and hair ash are added to it and the same is applied for burns. Leaf and that of Cucurbita pepo are ground into paste and is applied immediately after burns.

 

Identification :


 

The toothbrush tree or sandpaper tree is a member of the Moraceae family so is related to the banyan, peepal, mulberry, shahtoot mulberry, Punjab fig, European fig, the Tropical fig (Ficus septica) and to the Jackfruit trees. It is native to the Indian subcontinent, southern China, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. 

It is a small tree growing to around 10 metres with dense branches, and has small yellow fruit which look a little like loquats. In the Philippines it is known as Kalios and in India it is the Shakhotaka. Its leaves are like sandpaper, hence one of its English names, and these have been used as toothbrushes (the other English name) and for oral hygiene.

 

Medicinal Values:



Sandpaper Tree bark when boiled in water can be used as a disinfectant for wounds and skin problems. Decoction of the bark of this tree is used for fever, diarrhoea and dysentery, chewing itself as an antidote to snake bites.

The powdered root is used for diarrhoea and dysentery and can be made into a poultice for ulcers on the skin. The root is used for epilepsy, inflammation and boils, and the root extract is astringent and antiseptic. The bark exudes a latex when cut which is used in India for chapped hands and feet. It is also used for swollen glands, being put on them externally. The seeds are used for nosebleeds, piles and diarrhoea too. 


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An extract of the leaves has been shown to have antimicrobial properties, stated that the tree possesses antioxidant, anti-allergic, antimalarial, anti-cancer, cardio-tonic and insecticidal properties.

The volatile oil from the leaves showed “significant anticancer activity” as does an extract of the root according to a further study Abstract B73: “Chemopreventive effect of Streblus asper, a bonsai plant, on osteosarcoma cells: A Preliminary Study” Azman Seeni et al. Cancer Prevention Research 3 (Meeting Abstract Supplement) B73 January 7th 2010.

This study suggests that the antioxidant compounds in the root extract such as caffeic acid may act as carcinogenic inhibitors, although further research is needed to substantiate the findings and to carry the work further.

Ayurveda nature and Use :

In Ayurvedic medicine the leaves are used to help promote the milk-flow of breast-feeding mothers, as well as being used as poultices for boils and skin ulcers. The roots are used for diarrhoea and dysentery while a decoration of the bark is also given for these ailments and for fevers. The latex from the tree is sometimes applied to the temples in cases of neuralgia and a paste made from the seeds is applied to leucoderma.

In Bangladesh parts of the tree are used for syphilis and other STDs and for cholera, piles, wounds and as a mild pain reliever or analgesic.

Clearly more research is needed to discover the mechanisms which cause this tree to have such beneficial effects on human diseases.

In Sanskrit, bark of Streblus asper is known as Sakhotaka and known as katu Vipaka herb as its taste bitter,  usually gives pungent smell after digestion and it is hot (Pittha) nature herb. it is an Ushna Virya herb; means tendency to give ” hot potency “, which can subdues Vata and Kapha nature and increases Pitta. It has property of digestion, vomiting and purging, and gives feeling of lightness but It is considered bad for sperms and fetus. It is useful in indigestion, low appetite, nausea and piles.

Even with the hot nature Sakhotaka is also a Katu Vipak herb, means which can  gives bitter taste  after digestion.

Katu Viapk herbs, increases dryness in body. Such foods reduce fertility and Kapha.

Tri Guna Balance of Sakhota :
Kaphahara: Pacifies Kapha Dosha
Vatahara: Pacifies Vata Dosh
Medohar: Reduces obesity

Therapeutic Uses in Ayurveda:

Raktapitta (Bleeding disorder)

Arsha (Piles)
Shlipada (filaria)
Apachi (scrofula glandular swellings)
Prameha (Urinary problems)
Kushtha (Skin disease)
Gandamala (Cervical lymphadenitis)Etymology: 

Saroli (shampoo) and Bolsaroli (white shampoo) arose as the leaves of this plant are used as shampoo and white coloured bark.Note: 

Fruits are edible. Tender shoot tip paste is applied to the crushed Borassus inflorescences to increase the quantity of toddy during toddy tapping. Plant is used in black magic.
Spiritual Remedy :

Those having Afflicted Nakashtra lord Should worship lord Vishnu or fierce feminine Deities like Durga or Kali and root Mantra for this nakashtra is ” OM DHAM”.

With thanks and Regards,

Rakesh Singh Jamwal

Source and Reference:
Sacred Plants of India by By Nanditha Krishna
Wikipedia

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