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I suffered from an itchy rash on my upper body for 12 years. When I moved to Hawaii for nine years, there was no rash. Now that I'm living in the Pacific Northwest, it has flared up again. I've been told it's an allergic reaction. Can you help me?


The rash is related to the damp, rainy climate in Washington. The three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha are composed of five primordial elements or mahabhutas. They are earth, water, fire, air and space. In Washington the water element is dominant which results in more Kapha allergies.

Hawaii is hot and sunny. The fire element is prevalent, not only in the temperature, but also in the food, water, air and people who live there. The fire element reduces the build-up of digestive impurities (Ama) which can lead to allergies and rashes. That's why you didn't have a rash in Hawaii.

In Washington there is less fire and more of the water and earth elements. This allows more Ama to accumulate. When the Ama interacts with the skin (Bhrajaka Pitta) it causes a toxic reaction called Amavisha. In your case, the toxins produce a rash.

When the Ama reacts with the eyes, sinuses or lungs it can cause other allergy symptoms such as red, itch eyes or a runny nose.

Diet and lifestyle tips

  • Take Aller-Defense and the cleansing formula Elim-Tox.
  • Eat more sweet, juicy fruits and seasonal fruits.
  • Add more turmeric to your cooking. It's dry and bitter which helps decrease Kapha and Ama.
  • Slightly increase the amount of hot, pungent foods and spices. Don't overdo it. Too much heat will aggravate your skin allergy. (Bhrajaka Pitta).
  • Sip warm, not hot, water. This helps keep the microcirculatory channels (Shrotas) free from an Ama build-up.

Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.

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