Honey has always been an important medical remedy for many millennia. Its value, beyond a sweetener, is being rediscovered. Today, honey is the focus of much scientific research, which confirms the many uses of honey Ayurveda texts have mentioned. Honey is an excellent co drink for many Ayurvedic medicines. It acts as a Yogavahi (catalyst) and helps to deliver medicines to the target area at a faster pace. Honey is a pacifier of Pitta and Kapha dosha. As honey is hygroscopic it speeds up healing and helps in growth of new tissues. Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases. In this newsletter we shall see the benefits of organic honey in allergy.
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Benefits of Organic Honey in Allergy
Honey is one of the
healthiest animal products available today. It is
a sweet fluid produced in beehives by the
honeybees that are housing in it. There is a
tedious manufacturing process involved behind the
production of this sweet appetizing fluid honey.
Honey is an ancient household product that has
been used in a number of food recipes, desserts,
mock tails etc. It is a great natural sweetener
that is highly nutritious and is considered better
for use in comparison to all other sweeteners
natural as well as synthetic.
Organic honey is one
such product formulated under stringent guidelines
and is said to have a superior taste and nutrition
quotient as compared to the ordinary varieties.
Raw honey is said to contain a substantial amount
of the pollens of the plant from which it is
obtained. As a result, it becomes extremely
harmful for people who have a weak immune system
and are thus prone to allergies. Therefore,
organic honey should be the preferred choice as it
is free from any such allergens that are naturally
present in raw honey.
honey can be beneficial for people with allergies?
Before discussing the
awesomeness of organic honey, let us first get
into the depth of how honey can be beneficial for
people with allergies. Honey is a natural
sweetener that has a soothing effect on the body.
It has great anti-inflammatory properties that
makes it extremely beneficial in wound healing,
burns, cuts and other inflammatory conditions
affecting the human body. It counter balances the
inflammation producing substances in the body
which are secreted at the time of an allergic
reaction e.g. Prostaglandins, histamines etc.
Honey is a tremendous
anti-microbial, anti–inflammatory and tissue
healing agent. Be it any kind of allergic reaction
seasonal, dust or pollen grain allergy, honey
directly acts on the histamines produced by the
body in response to an allergic reaction and
neutralizes them helping the person to achieve
better control over the symptoms. Realizing the
importance of honey in the field of health and
medicine, a proper therapeutic branch has been
made called as APITHERAPY that deals with the
usage of honey as a nutritional substitute and as
a therapeutic natural remedy.
Ayurveda texts have
immense matter that explains why pure Honey
(Organic honey available nowadays) or Madhu has a
wide therapeutic spectrum in the natural treatment
of many diseases. There are eight types of honey
mentioned in Ayurveda namely, Bhramara, Makshika,
Pauthik, Kshaudra, Chathram, Ardhyam, Oudalakam
and Daalam. These are used in the treatment of
various disorders according to their individual
therapeutic properties. Other than this, it is
also said that the properties of honey greatly
vary depending upon the place of origin, the
source of beehives and the flowers from which the
bees collect their nectar for producing Honey.
According to Ayurveda, the cause of developing an
allergy is an accumulation of “Ama” or toxins in
the body and a vitiated Kapha dosha. Honey has its
activity against the kapha (Water body humor)
dosha and also has a detoxifying action on the
body. It not only expels out all the harmful
toxins but also strengthens the immunity to catch
any such infection.
Thus, we can say that
regular use of pure honey can be a boon to the
people suffering from serious allergic conditions
or are simply prone for developing one. Since,
purity of raw honey is questionable, it is
advisable to use organically prepared honey for
external as well as internal use.
Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan MD, an expert Ayurveda consultant from Chandigarh practicing in Mohali, India.
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