The Ayurvedic standpoint on food is interesting and unique. The main difference in terms of other modalities of food and nutrition is that Ayurveda is more concerned with considering Agni (the digestive fire) and the natural type of a person in relation to the Doshas (Prakriti). Agni’s natural endurance is maintained through proper eating and drinking. Even though the mind is a subtle part of the diet, it also maintains the Prakriti balance (natural/innate) of the various tissue levels (dhatus), their diet, strength, the calmness of the senses, etc. Unnatural/unconventional eating habits would make the dosha imbalance causes.
If someone shows the symptoms of an allergy, it does not mean that the allergy is always related to the food in question. In turn, this indicates an unhealthy basic state in which the body hardly tries to digest the food, which triggers a kind of hypersensitivity reaction. I don’t forget the genetic factors. At a later stage, the body begins to view food as a toxin or invading microbe. According to Ayurveda, these chronic inflammatory reactions can lead to other diseases. Because the disharmony of Agni (digestive fire) is the main cause of all diseases.
Nidana: (the pathological considerations.)
The concept of Ama and VirudhaAhara (incompatible diet regime)
Looking at Ama in general, it occurs due to repeated stages of low Agni, the different process of digestive metabolism is not perfect, so the food produced is not good enough to provide the necessary nutrition or balance for the Dhatus. In simple words, although we eat good food, it cannot produce positive nutrition and health. Rather, this leads to an increased accumulation of toxins in the digestive tract, which together with Doshas leads to 3 different Ama metabolic errors and related toxins.
In another way, substances are created in many forms that disrupt the Dhatu channels, clog the metabolic pathways and further put the Agni in a more vulnerable state. There it would start to make symptoms in accordance with the associated dosha.
Symptoms of Ama related to 3 doshas, this is an acute aspect of Ama.
Ama in relation to Kapha Vitiation.
Swelling or allergic reactions to the eyes and cheeks, belching immediately after eating, irrigation of the mouth or nose, disturbance or corruption of doshas, general feeling of heaviness.
Ama in relation to Vata Vitiation.
Feeling of constipation in the digestive system, pain, tendency to constipation, explosion, exhaustion
Ama in relation to pitta vitiation.
Increased thirst, deception, dizziness, acid regurgitation, burning or feeling of internal heat, way
Given the above facts, we could see that these are signs of allergic reactions.
We have to introduce the concept of “six stages of the manifestation of diseases” according to Susrutha Samhita (an Ayurvedic classic), in which the interactive chain reaction between doshas and dhatus causes the manifestation of pathological changes in the dhatus. Which in turn causes allergic symptoms. These processes can be compared very well with the immunological / hypersensitive reactions according to conventional medicine.
The concept of Virudha Ahara (incompatible food)
The classic definition of the same means that foods that produce Dosha Utklesha (disturbance or corruption of Doshas), but do not exclude them. A deeper analysis of the common factor in different VirudhaAhara, which is explained in classics, creates UshnaSnigda (combination of hot potency and oiliness). Let’s take the example of yogurt and chicken. Here the Snigda (oily quality) and Ushna (warm), which both have, were triggered by cooking or confusing them together. It acquires the caustic nature for both the Srothas (the canal system) and the Dhatus. The body may not be able to drive it out, although it is also liquefying in quality. These interactions create Abhishyandyam (inflammatory immune responses), the trigger for allergic reactions.
– Another interesting factor that could be read together in this regard is the excessive use of the astringent taste. It causes blockages and explosions in the digestive system, increased thirst, blockages in Srothas, constipation. It can be noted that some of them are similar to the Ama Dosha. Combining astringent dominant foods like legumes, raw fruits and vegetables with foods that are UshnaSnigda exacerbates the problems.
-The natural shoots of the body
Ayurveda recommends not blocking or specifically allowing it, as for the natural urge to go to the toilet to urinate or defecate, etc. This is the body’s natural process after ingesting the necessary food and expelling what we don’t keep must be within the biological system. It causes unnecessary stress in the neurological and endocrine systems and many other functional disorders.
– Genetically and physiologically there is a symbiosis of intestinal flora and human homeostasis. Their number is more than ten times that of the cells we have! During the pathogenesis of allergic reactions, the system may have lost healthy intestinal flora, which aids in digestion and plays a central role in immune-related hypersensitivity reactions. The Ama stage, VirudhaAhara etc. change the intestinal flora in an endangered manner, so that the Co.-existing is changed.
The intestinal flora also retains some sort of “memory” of the Sathmya (which is used to eating regimes) and would cause metabolic complications with the sudden change in eating habits. Ayurveda emphasizes a lot when changing the Sathmya and rituals are also explained.
More attention needs to be paid to the dosha vitiation and agni imbalance caused by long periods of food and eating habits, life activities, seasons, mental stage, etc. The goal of Ayurveda in this regard is to achieve an accurate evaluation of Agni, Ama and positive Sathmya.
Lankhana (depletion therapy): fasting, movement, etc. can be adapted to certain conditions.
Herbal combinations that support the Agni balance together with Ama digestion have top priority in the treatment line.
e.g. Trikatu, Sunti, Pippali, Amalaki
Anulomna medication (herbal combinations that promote natural movement) would be a second stage of treatment after reaching Deepana and Pachana – carminatives and digestives
e.g. Triphla, Harithaki,
Herbs such as Guduchi, Neem, Shatavari, Bilwa, AviapathikaraChurna, Turmeric, Vacha etc. are used to calm the symptoms.
Panchakarma processes have proven effective in chronic diseases. Especially Vamanam (herbal vomiting therapy), Virechanam (purgartion), Vasti (Ayurvedic enema). They help to recover the intestinal flora. Basically, the natural ways of excretion/excretion are used, in which the toxins are made mobile and expelled in a modulated manner. The use of ghee/oils that protect the system to deal with the effects of induced elimination.
Meditation and yoga modalities add value by stimulating natural healing power.