Compiled by Dr. Divya Naveen, BAMS

Around 20-30% of Indian population suffers from allergic rhinitis.
If you sneeze a lot, if your nose is often runny or stuffy or of your eyes, mouth or skin often feels itchy you may have allergic rhinitis, a condition that affects 20-30 % of Indians.

llergic rhinitis, like skin rashes and other allergies, develops when the body's immune system become sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.

Signs and Symptoms :

1.) Sneezing
2.) Rhinorrhea
3.) Nasal Congestion
4.) Itchy nose , eye, palate and ears
5.) Tears in the eye
6.) Fever


1.) Skin-prick tests
2.) Blood tests
3.) Allegic tests
4.) Based on symptoms

Ayurvedic view of allergic rhinitis :


Virudhahara like fish and milk, fruit juice with milk, clarified butter with honey, cold drinks or fruits at night after dinner etc.

Ama(toxic) formation in the stomach

Kapha vitiation in the body

Agni mandyam(reduces digestive fire)

Vata aggravation
Rasa-rakta dhathu vitiation
Ojus khaya (reduces immunity)

When the same person exposed to the following factors
  • Vihara like suppression of natural urges like faeces
  • Inhalation of thikshna dravyas like peper, chilli, and dust.
  • Over exposure to sun
  • Vata aggravating factors like cold wind, cold food ete
  • Aggravated vata will move to nasal cavity and it will get obstructed by vitiated kapha at Sringataka marma(head), causes continous sneezing

Treatments in Ayurveda :

In Severe and chronic conditions

Internal medicines
After the detoxification and in mild conditions.
To balance Kapha - Vata dosha.
Improve immunity and strengthen the upper respiratory tract.
Rasayana like Agasthya rasayana, dasamoola rasayana, haridra khanta. 

External therapies
Shiro abhyangam
Haridra dhuma
Taila dhara

Home Remedies
Boil ½ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in milk. Add 2 pinches of turmeric powder. Take 2 times a day. Turmeric is a natural immune booster and very effective in allergic rhinitis.

Diet management
Take Light food, lukewarm water, Kapha nashaka foods like little spicy food, saindhav salt, legumes, soups etc.
Avoid heavy food, fermented food, too hot or too cold food, soar food, non vegetarian food, sweets, banana, curd, ice creams, deserts, cakes, yellow grams, etc.
Avoid Alcohol and cold beverages.

Lifestyle improvement
Use mask while driving vehicle or going through public places.
Always take warm water bath.
Do not expose to hot sunrays.
Regularly take inhalation of steam.
Regularly go for morning walk in warm weather.
Do sufficient exercise.
Do not get sleep at day time or immediate after dinner.
Take sufficient rest.

Ardha chandrasana
Salamba sarwangasana
Setu bandhasana