I am suffering from allergic rhinitis anulom vilom beneficial for me?

(May 24, 2012)

The anulom vilom pranayam is beneficial in the treatment of a number of diseases such as asthma, sinusitis, cold, cough, tonsils and even chronic rhinitis. Other diseases such as arthritis, gout, rheumatism, Parkinson’s disease, nervous debility, acidity and various skin problems can also be treated with the regular practice of anulom vilom. This pranayam is also known as the alternative nostril breathing exercise and can be performed by people of all age groups including young children. It is not only good for treating a variety of health problems but also beneficial in preventing them. Anulom vilom is very helpful for people suffering from allergic rhinitis and other respiratory tract disorders as it helps in opening up blocked airway passages and therefore must be practiced regularly by such patients. Anulom vilom is usually practiced in a sitting position preferably Padmasana (lotus pose). The steps to perform this pranayam are as under;

  • Using the right thumb close the right nostril and inhale deeply from the left nostril.
  • Now close the left nostril with the middle and ring fingers and exhale from the right nostril.

This alternative breathing exercise should be continued for at least 10 minutes at a time and then continued after taking short breaks in between. The best time to practice anulom vilom is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and also in the evening. Initially it may not be possible for a beginner to do this pranayam for more than 3 minutes but with practice an individual can perform it continuously for 10 minutes. Other than being a good treatment option for respiratory problems like rhinitis, anulom vilom is also good for treating other issues like high blood pressure, heart problems, arterial blockages, depression, migraines, ligament problems and various other allergies. Its benefits are greatest when practiced at least twice everyday.

Submitted by R J on May 24, 2012 at 06:06

What is the best diet to cure allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is a common allergy caused by dust, pollen or outdoor plants. This condition is also sometimes called hay fever by some people. Rhinitis is when the nasal membranes are inflamed due to a combination of symptoms like sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. Allergic rhinitis can exacerbate quickly and treatment should take priority.

This form of rhinitis usually happens when certain foods are ingested or you come into contact with certain environmental factors. The best way to treat it is, of course, avoid such allergens. But you can also try and follow a vitamin and mineral rich diet to reduce your chances of allergic rhinitis. There are certain tips that can help you with this condition. You should include omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties which help build immunity. You should also reduce omega 6 fatty acids. This will therefore entail that you increase your consumption of flax seeds, walnuts and fatty fish like salmon and sardines while avoiding refined vegetable oils. Another tip is to include herbs rich in rosmarinic acid in your diet. This includes herbs like oregano, sage, lemon balm, marjoram and peppermint. This acid can help to suppress allergic reactions. Eat more food which is high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is very good to improve immunity and is known to release histamines into the system. Histamines are known to help in fighting off infections. Eating foods rich with quercetin also helps allergic rhinitis. Some foods rich in quercetin are apples, raspberries, cherries, red grapes, citrus fruits and onions. Increasing your intake of vitamin E also benefits countering allergies. Selenium-rich food is also very good for allergies. Selenium-rich food is most effective when it is taken with foods rich in vitamin E. You will also reduce your chances of allergic rhinitis if you increase your consumption of probiotic bacteria. This bacteria is found in yoghurt and in buttermilk and is good for digestion and also in keeping your system healthy.

Submitted by A V on May 24, 2012 at 06:05

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