Ayurvedic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

by Dr. Sylvaine Francine

Nature is truly beautiful in spring time. Its beauty however, is accompanied with fresh pollen that tends to aggravate people’s sensitivities. Allergy season begins in the Northwest with the alder tree in mid-February and continues through the summer and fall when molds come up from the soil after the rain.

Traditional Ayurvedic medicine involves a holistic approach to wellness. Its true application requires deep observation of nutritional, spiritual, and lifestyle practices. That being said, Ayurveda does provide some helpful tips to make it through allergy season!

Root Causes of Allergies
In a nutshell, Doshas are the physiological traits and tendencies that influence our behavioral patterns, metabolism, and physical appearance. Allergies happen in the body when there is a metabolic dysfunction. In Ayruveda, we believe that the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Doshas constitute our bodies and each has a very particular role in maintaining specific systems.

The Vata Dosha is responsible for the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, the urinary and reproductive systems, digestion and elimination, joints, and mental activity. The Pitta Dosha regulates the body’s metabolism, as well as some parts of digestion, and blood quality. The Kapha Dosha is involved in absorption, sweat glands, gray matter, bone marrow, and the hormonal system.

Blockages along the energy pathways create the perfect grounds for creating and sustaining allergies. When the blockages are released, the allergies disappear.

Balancing
Too much Pitta or not enough Pitta stirs our body metabolism out of balance. Teas are an essential part of the rebalancing act. They may not free you from your allergies immediately or by themselves, but are a step in the right direction. I recommend making the tea, letting it seep, and then drinking it hot, warm, or at room temperature. Even in the summer, licorice, fennel, red clover, and mint teas are especially wonderful.

A Pitta person will cool down better with warm teas rather than icy drinks, which raise the temperature in the long run and create additional metabolic imbalance. Create your own mix, and if you like them sweet, add natural sugar or maple syrup which are compatible with Pitta.

Dr. Sylvaine Francine is certified in Ayurveda Concepts and Philosophy. She is an energy and spirit worker, as well as a doctor of chiropractic. She teaches mediation and offers spiritual counseling through Stillness, LLC. For more information call 206.501.7575 or visit sylvainefrancine.com.

Ayurveda recommends the following teas to calm the body of a Pitta person:
Chamomile – Supports a good night sleep
Dandelion – Purifies the kidneys Licorice – Can pacify aggravated Pitta
Fennel – Good for digestion
Red Clover – Balances Pitta and Kapha, slightly increases Vata
Mint – Good for respiratory health