Healing Options for Seasonal Allergy

“Seasonal allergies (commonly called hay fever) are common. They occur only during certain times of the year—particularly the spring, summer, or fall—depending on what a person is allergic to. Symptoms involve primarily the membrane lining the nose, causing allergic rhinitis, or the membrane lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes (conjunctiva), causing allergic conjunctivitis.” [1]

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Keywords: Seasonal Allergy, Allergy herbal, Allergy yoga, Allergy ayurvedic, Allergy Acupuncture

Recent Research

“Allergic rhinitis is a skewed immune reaction to common antigens in the nasal mucosa; current therapy is not satisfactory and can cause a variety of complications. In recent decades, the incidence of allergic rhinitis is increasing every year.” [ncbi]

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Herbal (9.7/10)

1. Re-Vamp Your Diet

“As far as prevention is concerned, diet is a huge way you can influence your experience of seasonal allergies. Studies show that essential fatty acids coming from organic flax seed or hemp seed oil can help reduce seasonal allergies. Try avoiding mucous and congestion-causing foods such as dairy products, milk, processed wheat and sugar.

 general, a healthy diet will boost your overall immunity to allergies. In fact, a scientific study done on the island of Crete found that nasal allergies were almost non-existent in this region. Why? The islanders’ food intake was composed mainly of cold-pressed olive oil, nuts, fish, fruits and veggies. This anti-oxidant diet was super high in grapes, tomatoes, oranges, nuts and apples, all foods known to support normal upper respiratory tract health.”

2. Invest in Non-Toxic, Organic Bedding

“Dr. James R. Haltom from the Mississippi Allergy and Asthma Clinic has stated that the best thing you can do for allergies is to purchase a high-quality, allergy-free cover for the mattress, box springs and pillows. Also, wash your bedding once a week in very hot water to prevent build-up and help kill off dust mites.”

3. Buy Non-Toxic, Natural Cleaning Products

“Chemicals and fumes from most store-bought cleaning products have been shown to trigger allergic reactions, especially in the spring when our allergic response is already heightened. Instead, opt for organic cleaning products. They are a safe alternative to more traditional cleansers that contain many chemicals that can be toxic to your health. There’s no point in spraying these chemicals in your house, unless you absolutely need to.”

4. Wear a Mask When Doing Yard Work & Gardening

“It would be wise to wear a mask when you are doing spring-time yard work or gardening, especially when you are mowing the lawn. Remember, pollen counts are greatest from 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so its best to do yard work or gardening after this time or in the evening.”

5. Clean Your Living Environment

“Eliminate allergy-causing pollen and mites from the air by investing in an air purification system that has UV & negative ion filter. Carpet harbors pet dander, dust and pollen from the outdoors, which can exacerbate allergy symptoms.

If possible, replace carpet with non-toxic wool, non-toxic hardwood or cork flooring. Also, get rid of the clutter which collects allergens! A clean living environment is a GREEN living environment.”

6. Take a Quality Organic Oregano Oil

“Although technically not a cure or treatment for allergies, many people do report that theoil of oregano helps them feel better when they’re dealing with the typical symptoms of allergies. Taking this supplement will also reduce the amounts of histamines found in the blood (this is the chemical that causes swelling and allergic reaction).”

7. Check your house for mold and pollen.

“Mold is a huge cause of seasonal allergies. As the rains come down and the heat increases, mold begins to form in the unseen corners of our homes and offices. While there are many ways to get rid of mold, purchasing a high-quality dehumidifier will help prevent mold from forming, as well as lesson those disagreeable symptoms.”

8. Thoroughly Wash Clothes After Being Outside

“Remove and wash clothes that you have worn outside when coming back into your home. This will help prevent outdoor pollen from establishing itself in your furniture and bedding. Also, taking a shower before bed will keep pollen from your hair out of your pillow at night.”

9. NRG Laser

“I recommend if you or anyone you know suffer from any form of allergies to look at NRGlaser, INC. I have personally used and evaluated this device and it has completely eliminated allergies from people and children forever. There may be a practitioner near you who can do this.”

10. Spend a spring vacation at or near the sea

“Research suggests that pollen levels are lower around open bodies of water. If you are prone to allergies during springtime, take time to visit a lake or the beach instead of the country-side. You can also put some salt lamps in your office and home which help reduce allergy symptoms.” [2]

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Yoga (9/10)

Kapalbhati Pranayama( Skull Shining Breath)

“Kapalbhati pranayama (Skull Shining Breath) detoxifies and oxygenates the entire body, especially the respiratory system. Allergies of the respiratory system result in conditions such as asthma and hay fever. Kapalbhati involves forcefully breathing out, thus removing the allergens from the respiratory system, and  purifying and invigorating the lungs, wind pipe, and nasal chambers. Perform Kapalbhati, by squatting on the floor. Inhale deeply and exhale forcefully. The focus should be on exhaling. Repeat one cycle of breathing in half a minute and immediately start with the next “

Marichyasana (Marichi’s Spinal Twist)

“Food allergies are the allergies in which specific food items act as allergens. The allergenic action of food items is individualistic. Hence, any given food may suit some people, while some others may be allergic to it. Yoga stomach exercises help in stimulating the stomach to digest foods better, and thereby improve the allergic response. Sit striaght-legged on the floor. Hold your spine straight, bend your  right leg at the knee, pulling your right foot as close to your right sit bone as much as possible.  Relax. Return to the resting pose and perform this asana with the left leg”

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

“Seasonal allergies are allergies that show symptoms in people in specific seasons of the year. For example, some people may be allergic to the Spring and Fall seasons when there is free pollen grain in the air. Yoga for seasonal allergies specifically focuses on strengthening the immune system.  Matsyasana (Fish Pose) stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates the lymphatic system, thereby stabilizing the immune system in the fall season. Apart from this, it also opens up the lungs, chest and throat. It is particularly effective in young children. Matsyasana is an easy exercise to perform. Sit cross-legged and gradually bend backwards till your upper body is completely rested on the floor. Now arch your chest, neck and head upwards.  Remain in this pose for as long as you can. Return to the resting pose and repeat the exercise as many times as you can”

Anuloma Viloma ( Alternative Nostril Breathing)

“Pet allergies are basically respiratory allergies. Some persons who have dogs as pets may be allergic to their furs, saliva or their dander and develop allergic reactions towards them, some of which may be severe.  Basically one needs to keep one’s respiratory system clean and strong to control such allergies. Anuloma Viloma (Alternate Nostril Breathing) is one of the strong yoga breathing techniques to thoroughly cleanse the respiratory system. To perform this exercise, sit calmly, close your eyes, and breathe in deeply through your right nostril by keeping your left nostril closed with your left ring finger. Now, exhale through the left nostril while keeping the right nostril shut with your thumb. Next, inhale through the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril, following the procedure discussed. Repeat the breathing cycles as many times as you want.”

Yoga Eye Massage

“Allergic conjunctivitis is an uncomfortable condition. Your eyes become red, itchy and watery, in this condition. Yoga cannot cure eye allergies, but it can surely make your eyes feel betterThere are a set of yoga exercises for eye allergies. This exercise will relieve your eyes. Gently close your eyes with your palms and relax your eyes in the darkness. Gently massage the area around your eyes to improve blood flow in that region. “ [3]

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Ayurveda (7.1/10)

Strengthening Agni

“Ayurveda considers a strong agni, or digestive fire, one of the most important factors for our health. When our agni is strong, we can take in energy and information from our environment, extract whatever is beneficial to us, and eliminate everything we don’t need. In addition, when agni is burning brightly, our body won’t mount an aggressive response to foreign material such as pollen, but will instead remove it in a healthy, beneficial way. In other words, our body is more resilient to the changes in the environment.

One way to keep our agni strong is to develop a regular meditation practice. When we calm the mind and body, we are less likely to respond to foreign “invaders” aggressively. We increase our ability to take in nourishment from our environment, as opposed to seeing them as threats. Other mindfulness practices, such as yoga and conscious breathing also strengthen agni.

One breathing technique that is useful for strengthening agni is ujjayi, or ocean’s breath. Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jai) is an ancient yogic breathing technique that helps calm the mind and body. Ujjayi has a balancing influence on the entirecardiorespiratory system and releases feelings of irritation and frustration.”

Here is how to perform ujjayi breath:

·” Take an inhalation that is slightly deeper than normal. With your mouth closed, exhale through your nose while constricting your throat muscles. If you are doing this correctly, you should sound like Darth Vader from Star Wars.

· You can also get the hang of this practice by practicing exhaling the soundhaaaaah with your mouth open. Now make a similar sound with your mouth closed, feeling the outflow of air through your nasal passages. Once you have mastered this on the outflow, use the same method for the inflow breath, gently constricting your throat as you inhale.

Another important way to strengthen agni is to eliminate ama, which is a Sanskrit word for toxicity. Ama includes both physical and emotional toxicity that accumulates in our physiology and can interfere with our natural healing. One herb that is helpful in treating allergies by cleansing ama is triphala. The recommended dosage is 500−1000mg, taken at bedtime. You can learn more about strengthening agni and eliminating ama here.”

Reducing the Quantity of Allergens That Enter the Body

“Another step to controlling and preventing allergy symptoms is to be mindful of how much of the aggravating allergen is in our environment and making conscious choices to eliminate them as much as possible. According to Ayurveda, we are in constant dynamic exchange with our external environment. When we put ourselves in an environment where we have high levels of exposure to an allergen, it becomes difficult to control symptoms, despite our best efforts.

While it is sometimes difficult to completely avoid an allergen, you can protect yourself from direct contact with it by using a few Ayurvedic healing practices. One effective practice for prevention and treatment of allergy symptoms is using a netipot to perform a gentle saline rinse. A neti pot is a small container with a spout that is placed in your nostril as you tip your head sideways, allowing warm salt water to flow in one nostril and out the other. By performing this saline rinse once or twice daily, you can flush out any foreign material that has come into your body through the nasal passages.

After using the neti pot, it is very helpful to follow up with an Ayurvedic technique known as nasya, which consists of applying a few drops of oil to the nasal passages. The oil forms a protective layer on the nasal tissues and prevents allergens from directly attaching themselves to nasal membranes. Learn more about nasya and watch a video about how to use a neti pot here.”

Balancing the Doshas

“A person’s primary dosha, or mind-body constitution, can often predict which allergy symptoms will manifest, so it’s important to understand your dosha type as well as your current imbalances. If you don’t know your primary dosha, you can find out by taking the Chopra Center’s Dosha Quiz here.

In addition to understanding our primary dosha and individual tendencies, it is important to understand that each of us has all of the doshas within us and can therefore experience imbalances in of any of the doshas. Different types of allergy symptoms represent imbalances in different doshas. By recognizing this, we can more specifically guide the treatments.”

Kapha Allergy Symptoms

“In Ayurveda, the typical allergy symptoms in the spring season – congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing – are described as an accumulation of the Kaphadosha, which is made up of earth and water elements. This leads to the feeling of “heaviness” and excessive mucus in the head and sinuses. Other symptoms are sluggishness and feeling tired. For the classic Kapha-type allergy symptoms, there are several simple and effective therapies that will relieve acute symptoms.”

Nasal Cleansing

“As mentioned above, the neti pot is a useful tool in treating allergies. In addition to the benefits of removing allergens, from a doshic perspective, it is especially effective in decreasing Kapha in the head and sinuses. The use of nasya oil with invigorating scents, such as eucalyptus, camphor or juniper, can act as a natural decongestant, thus reducing the symptoms of heaviness.

Other treatments that help relieve acute Kapha allergy symptoms include the use of pungent and bitter (astringent) herbs and spices to reduce Kapha, including ginger, cayenne, pepper, basil, cumin, cardamom, sage, turmeric, and cinnamon. An easy remedy is drinking hot honey water, or ginger lemon tea. A classicalAyurvedic herbal treatment to reduce Kapha is trikatu, which can be taken daily. In addition, treatment should be geared toward lightening the body in other ways, such as daily exercise and use of a dry sauna.” [4]

 

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Acupuncture (3.2/10)

 

“The clinical efficacy and safety of acupuncture in the treatment of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) was evaluated by employing a two-phase crossover single-blind clinical trial. Thirty subjects were randomly assigned to two groups with 17 and 13 subjects respectively and treated with real or sham acupuncture (three times per week) for four consecutive weeks and then a crossover for treatments for a further four weeks without a washout period. The administration of real acupuncture treatment was guided by a syndrome differentiation according to Chinese Medicine Theory. Subjects were assessed by various criteria before, during and after the treatments. Outcome measures included subjective symptom scores using a five-point scale (FPS), relief medication scores (RMS) and adverse effect records. Twenty-six (26) subjects completed the study. There was a significant improvement in FPS (nasal and non-nasal symptoms) between the two types of acupuncture treatments. No significant differences were shown in RMS between the real acupuncture treatment group and the sham acupuncture treatment group. No side effects were observed for both groups. The results indicate that acupuncture is an effective and safe alternative treatment for the management of SAR.” [5]

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