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Food allergies occur when the immune system reacts abnormally to certain proteins found in specific foods. These reactions can range from mild to severe and can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory system, and cardiovascular system. Common symptoms of food allergies include:

  1. Skin Reactions: Such as hives, eczema, itching, or swelling.
  2. Gastrointestinal Symptoms: Such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea.
  3. Respiratory Symptoms: Such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, or wheezing.
  4. Cardiovascular Symptoms: Such as a rapid or weak pulse, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting.
  5. Anaphylaxis: A severe, life-threatening allergic reaction characterized by a sudden onset of symptoms, including difficulty breathing, throat tightness, chest pain, and a drop in blood pressure.

The most common food allergens include:

  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Peanuts
  4. Tree nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, cashews)
  5. Soy
  6. Wheat
  7. Fish
  8. Shellfish

Management of food allergies involves strict avoidance of the allergenic food(s) and being vigilant about reading food labels for hidden sources of allergens. In cases of severe food allergies, carrying an epinephrine auto-injector (e.g., EpiPen) and having an emergency action plan in place is essential in case of accidental exposure or anaphylactic reaction.

In Ayurveda, food allergies are seen as a result of imbalances in the body’s doshas (biological energies) and digestive system. Ayurvedic approaches for managing food allergies focus on strengthening the digestive fire (agni), reducing inflammation, and supporting immune function. This may involve dietary modifications, herbal remedies, lifestyle changes, and specific treatments to balance the doshas and alleviate symptoms.

  1. Dietary Modifications:
    • Following a diet that supports digestion and reduces the accumulation of toxins (ama) in the body is essential for managing food allergies. This includes consuming warm, cooked foods that are easy to digest and avoiding cold, heavy, processed, and allergenic foods.
    • Identifying and avoiding specific foods that trigger allergic reactions is crucial. Keeping a food diary can help track symptoms and identify potential allergens.
    • Incorporating anti-inflammatory herbs and spices into the diet, such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper, can help reduce inflammation and support immune function.
  2. Herbal Remedies:
    • Maha Ayurved Anti food allergy treatment
    • These herbs can be taken internally as immurez decoctions,  immurez powders, or  immurez tablets, but it’s important to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner for proper dosage and guidance.
  3. Lifestyle Modifications:
    • Practicing stress management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga can help reduce stress-related inflammation and support immune health.
    • Maintaining a regular daily routine (dinacharya) that includes adequate rest, hydration, and physical activity can help balance the doshas and promote overall health.
  4. Detoxification Therapies:
    • Panchakarma therapies, such as Vamana (therapeutic emesis) and Virechana (therapeutic purgation), may be recommended to detoxify the body, eliminate toxins (ama), and balance the doshas, thereby reducing allergic reactions.

 

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