Allergy and asthma patients in Jaipur face a tough time from February to April. It’s an annual ritual of suffering during the change of season. Increased pollen activity in the air causes this allergy. The machine installed with the research division of the Asthma department in Jaipur indicates high pollen counts in the air during this period. Pollens are largely released from a specific tree called Holoptelea Integrifolia. Holoptelea Integrifolia tree is a major cause of pollen allergy in Jaipur, Delhi & NCR, and elsewhere in North India. Its popularly called Chilbil, Papadi, Kanju, Bandar Ki Roti in Hindi and by many other names in local languages, across India. This tree is also known as Indian Elm or Jungle cork Tree in English.
Holoptelea Integrifolia Benefits And Uses
It’s a medicinal tree that grows widely across the country, often growing up to 50 feet . The tree was used in traditional treatments for gastritis, rheumatism, ringworm, diabetes, leprosy, inflammations, etc. Primarily it is the bark that was widely used in treatments. While some of these are well recognized in Ayurveda, tribal regions have relied on knowledge passed through generations.
While these are some of the benefits another aspect of this tree causes agony especially in North India!! It’s the biggest cause of pollen allergy and asthma as well!
The above picture is a close up of the Holoptelea Integrifolia tree. The brown-colored cluster is its fruit.
As per the estimates, at least 30% population in North India & 10% population across India suffers from an allergy.
This tree is commonly spotted on roadsides across the city and in gardens as well. In fact, it’s a very hardy tree that survives well in the extreme climate of Jaipur. The tree flowers in January-February months and it fruits from March to May. The tree is usually propagated in the plant nurseries especially the ones owned by the forest department.
Experts claim that roughly 40-60% of pollen in the air is caused by Holoptelea Integrifolia tree!! The tree releases pollens in large numbers the air as compared to any other tree or plant. These pollens cause a variety of allergy among the residents like runny nose, redness in eyes, sneezing, difficulty in breathing to name a few.
How to avoid Pollen Allergy
While cutting down these trees is no permanent solution, for some who suffer from extreme bouts of pollen allergy it’s time to pack the bag for a month-long vacation! This might suit just a few!
For those who can’t leave the town, the only recourse is to stay indoors especially during the morning time and avoid parks; take preventive medicines. Some people suggest using an ayurvedic medicine Shadbindu Tel to tide over pollen allergy. This is not a proven method and should be done only under the guidance of a trained ayurvedic practitioner/ doctor. Modern medicine practitioners usually suggest a course of anti-histamines and a stronger dose consisting of inhalers/steroids.
Where to find Indian Elm or Holoptelea Integrifolia in Jaipur?
Holoptelea Integrifolia tree can be found in a great numbers near the Sawan-Bhado Park and Central Park in Jaipur. People suffering from pollen allergy should avoid visiting both these areas as they might experience allergic attacks owing to the presence of this tree in large numbers. Some experts are of the opinion that the total number of Chillbill trees in the Central Park run in three digits. Here are a few images of the Holoptelea Integrifolia tree from Jaipur Central Park.
Papadi tree in the fruiting season resembles as below.
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