We always think the pollens, gluten and dairy are problematic as they create allergic reactions and inflammation. Is it really the problem of the pollen when only a minority of the population is getting affected by the blooming spring season? If pollen is responsible for the allergy why most of the people are not having reactions to it? Allergies are sensitive reactions which occur when a person’s immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment. This sensitivity can happen on any of the body surfaces exposed to the external environment including the skin, respiratory system or the gut. In this talk I would like to bring the perspective of Ayurveda, the Traditional Indian Medicine, in understanding the allergies and their management.

Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath is a renowned Ayurvedic scholar, clinician and educator with over two decades of clinical expertise in India and the U.S. He represents a lineage of traditional Ayurvedic Practitioners (Vaidyas) in Kerala, India with extensive knowledge in the ancient root texts of Ayurveda. He is currently the Academy Director and Chief Ayurveda consultant of Kerala Ayurveda USA. He served as a member of the Expert Curriculum Committee for Masters in Ayurveda at Bastyr University, Seattle and also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). “Dr. J,” as his students call him for short, is a compassionate healer and educator, devoted to the mission of imparting the traditional teachings of Kerala’s Ayurveda.