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Allergy can be referred as an interaction between the immune system and a specific subtances that are normally harmless to the environment. This overreaction of the body’s immune system to these foreign substances are called as an allergic reaction.
Allergic disorders are a set of immune-mediated disorders that are linked to considerable morbidity and ill health. These disorders include asthma,allergic rhinitis, food allergy, drug allergy, allergic conjunctivitis, insect bite allergy, pet allergy, pollen allergy and skin allergy.Allergic-Disorder
Both internal factors(factors in the body) and external factors (factors in the environment) cause allergic disorders. Sex, race, age and heredity are some of the internal factors that may cause the disease. External factors include environmental pollution, infectious disease during childhood, dietary changes and lifestyle changes.
Internal factors (factors that are based inside the human body itself) causing allergies include heredity, sex, race and age. External factors (factors that are based in the surrounding or the environment) include alterations in exposure to infectious diseases during early childhood, environmental pollution, allergen levels and dietary changes.
According to Ayurveda, allergic disorder is caused by impaired digestion. Irregularities in the digestive system are the cause of the hypersensitivity to certain substances, such as a dust and pollen that triggers the allergic attacks. The toxins in the form of partially digested food (ama) are deposited in the lungs and respiratory tract creating an obstruction in breathing and cause wheezing, coughing or sneezing.
Ayurvedic science has answers for allergic disorders. Ayurvedic herbs like haridra(Turmeric), Tulsi ( Holy Basil) and Adulasa (Vasaka) are found to be very effective in treating such disorders. The anti-inflammatory properties of Haridra can effectively combat allergic disorders. Tulsi is also found to effective in managing respiratory disorders.In chronic conditions, detoxification through Panchkarma therapies like Vaman and Virechan is very effective.