Pooja Maheshwary , 07 Nov 2020
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Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years and promotes overall wellness. Naturopathy is based on the healing power of nature. While the benefits of these two alternative healing practices are often contested, many people swear by them to treat common illnesses.
Often, we have conversations on Malini’s Girl Tribe related to alternative healing practices. So, we invited Dr. Manoj Kutteri to host an Ask Me Anything session for the Tribe on improving immunity. Dr Manoj is an Ayurveda and Naturopathy Practitioner and the Wellness Director of Atmantan Wellness Centre. Read on to know his recommendations to treat asthma, rhinitis, eczema and other conditions using ayurvedic and naturopathic practices.
Disclaimer: The suggestions and statements made are only recommendations and in no way prescriptive. Please use your discretion and discernment.
Stress management is usually done with proper diet, exercise and sleep. Practice proper breathing and meditation as well. Ashwagandha is very effective in inducing sleep and in managing stress. Besides, do nadishudhi pranayama and brahmari pranayama. Lavender or chamomile essential oils can be used for aromatherapy inside your bedroom. Do cardio for 45 mins a day and have a warm or hot salt water shower at night before bedtime. Stress-aggravating foods are pre-packed, refined, spicy, caffeinated, processed and high on taste; avoid them.
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Avoiding allergens is important if your asthma is related to environmental allergies. Natural spices such as garlic, ginger, giloy, pepper, tulsi, vasa, etc. are useful for treating asthma. Practices that are helpful to improve respiratory immunity are breathing exercises, yoga, yogic kriyas, and a diet that free of refined products, gluten, dairy products, etc. If you have this condition for a long time, then you will need to have a proper customised diet and yoga plan to treat the same.
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Eczema is often a result of poor gut health. The treatment must focus on improving gut health by consuming a diet rich in fibre, vegan foods, prebiotics and probiotics, and that is free of milk, milk products and animal proteins. This will support healthy bacteria in the gut lining. At times, eczema can also be associated with asthma, so treatment will have to be focused on improving respiratory functions as well.
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Acute rhinitis is easily treatable with diet and a few yoga practices. Besides, nasyam in Ayurveda done with anuthailam every day is a great help. Follow a respiratory-friendly diet, and consume natural sources of vitamin C such as lime, amla, oranges, etc.
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PCOS-Induced Hair Loss
In Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), hair loss occurs due to the hormonal changes in the body. When the PCOS conditions are reversed, the hair fall automatically should also stop as it’s a symptom associated with the condition. PCOS conditions are usually due to higher insulin resistance due to the adipose tissue inflammation; it results in the imbalance of reproductive hormones. Omega 3 supplementation, zing and magnesium supplements, low-calorie and low-grain diet, including good fats in your diet, etc. can help prevent hair fall. However, any auto-immune involvement will have to be checked and ruled out as well.
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If you have not done a test to find out Eosinophils, histamine levels, and IgE, do the same to approach your condition at the root level. Avoid allergy-causing foods like bananas, gluten, tomatoes, high-protein diet especially fish, dairy and split dals. We can find out the allergy if we do a test for environmental and food allergens. Probiotics and prebiotics help as well. Gut health is very important. Ginger, pepper, garlic, tulsi, giloy, etc. are wonderful herbs. You can also try:
- A glass of water with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar twice a day before meals
- Steaming before bedtime with ginger, turmeric and salt
- Jalneti yoga kriyas regularly for a week and then three times a week. You can do this after putting a drop of pure ghee in each nostril.
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