The food we eat is the
source of energy for our body, but today world is growing fast and are the
diseases. Gluten, one of the major parts of our diet has become allergic
to some individuals. They need everything Gluten free. Avoidance of gluten
- containing foods is the only treatment of gluten intolerance in modern
medicine. Preparing meals and making food selections will mean radical
changes in a life style. Gluten intolerance can develop at any age and if
it is not hereditary, then do not worry; with Ayurveda you can still eat a
variety of glutinous grains as part of a varied delicious diet. In this
newsletter, we shall see the management of Gluten intolerance with Ayurveda.
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As per Ayurveda gluten
intolerance can be correlated with the concept of formation Ama
(undigested residue) formation due to deranged Agni (Digestive fire).
Intake of incompatible food, untimely food, faulty diet habits deranges
the Agni (Digestive fire). This Agni thus deranged becomes unable to
digest even the light food and the food being undigested gets toxic
leading to formation of Ama.
After a meal all the partakers fall ill something was probably wrong with
the food; but if only one person becomes ill then that individual is
probably allergic. Allergy is caused by the ‘antigen’ which is unfamiliar
to the body. Ayurveda has a general term for all kinds of such antigenic
material—ama. Just as ama created from improper digestion of food can
disturb the alertness and agitate the emotions, disturbed emotions can
undermine the digestion and create ama, which then incites the immune
system to react against it. The continuous presence of ama in the system
creates a condition of permanent immune alert called allergy.
Concept of Ama & Gluten Intolerance
According to Ayurveda, gluten intolerance symbolizes imbalance of Doshas
and Agni. Gluten is particularly difficult to digest and requires strong
Agni (digestive fire) to process it. If there is weak digestive fire, the
gluten remains undigested or improperly digested leading to formation of
ama. In due time an gluten-like ama accumulates in you so that whenever an
gluten touches your tongue your immune mechanism gets alerted, assuming
that it too will be improperly digested. This reaction is so striking that
you are made aware of it by some bodily or mental symptom caused as a side
effect of the internal conflict.
Don’t just replace your current diet of processed bread, pasta and cookies
with a diet of processed gluten-free bread, pasta and cookies. It won’t do
you any good in the long run. Ayurveda gives a new ray of hope for those
who are suffering from gluten intolerance. Simple Ayurvedic advices,
balanced diet, exercise, yoga help to enjoy better digestion and
absorption whole life, thereby helps to overcome gluten intolerance.
Treatment of Gluten Intolerance in Ayurveda
1. Avoidance of food gluten containing food.
2. Eating timely and wholesome food in accordance with one’s Prakriti
3. Usage of herbs and Ayurvedic treatments to correct Agni and clear Ama
by stimulating enzyme secretions, improving digestion and absorption.
4. Slowly adapting to gluten containing food.
Okasatmya is the adjustment to a particular diet by practice. This is the
practice of introducing foods, which are not suitable and may contain
antigenic substances, in small amounts and / or at large intervals, so
that these gradually become acceptable. This appears to be similar to the
present concept of desensitization.
Ayurveda has time-tested treatments to counter the imbalance of body
functioning where body has become his own enemy. More in-depth treatments
like Ayurveda Panchakarma, specific diets and herbal medicines over a
period of time are prescribed to overcome gluten intolerance. In Ayurveda,
each and every patient is an individual entity and the treatment also
differs from patient to patient. So patient suffering from gluten
intolerance must take Ayurvedic treatment under the supervision of an
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