Allergic Rhinitis (Correlated to Dushta Pratishyaya), All those with dosha constitutions dominated by Vata and Kapha can become aggravated due to causes like indigestion, inhalation of dust,
fumes, drinking different types of water, drinking cold water during a cold season, exposure to cold breezes, etc. The aggravation typically accumulates in the upper respiratory tract.
Causes of Allergic Rhinitis
Sneezing, often accompanied by a runny or clogged nose
Coughing and post-nasal drip
Itching eyes, nose, and throat
Allergic shiners (dark circles under the eyes caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses)
The “allergic salute” (in a child, persistent upward rubbing of the nose that causes a crease mark on the nose)
Conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids, causing red-rimmed, swollen eyes and crusting of the eyelids).
Ayurveda Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis
Nasya is the primary treatment for Allergic Rhinitis, involving medicated oil drips to the nostrils. While medications are necessary throughout the treatment process, they alone is not enough. By using Nasya, our Physicians work to expel the accumulated waste (vitiated Kapha in the sinus area) and to re-balance the doshas. Preparatory (Purvakarma) treatments for this condition are typically only prescribed for the face and neck area and include oil application and medicated steam. Accompanying internal medicines are prescribed to increase the digestive fire (Deepana) and burn waste (Ama Pachana).
The Punarva protocol is based on the simple premise that the Physician must diagnose and treat only based on sufficient evidence. This evidence should be ‘patient or rogi based’ in addition to being ‘disease or roga based’ in accordance with the fundamental principles of Ayurveda.
How is this made possible?
A thorough and complete recording of the patient’s medical history, capturing every minute aspect of his/her lifestyle.
A thorough head-to-toe clinical examination, uncovering health risk factors that the patient is unaware of, directly connected or unrelated with his presenting medical complaint(s).
This process of detailed history recording and clinical examination- which includes the classical Srotha-Vikrti pariksha – leads to an accurate understanding of the Dosha status of the individual and lays the foundation for an accurate differential diagnosis and medical management.
Further, the patient is entitled to be clearly informed about the diagnosis arrived at, as also understand the medical management proposed for him. The Physician shall proceed only with the patient’s informed concurrence.