Allergy and asthma patient 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 Asthma department in Jaipur has indicated high pollen counts in the air during this period. The pollen is from a tree called Holoptelea Integrifolia. Holoptelea Integrifolia tree is a major cause of pollen allergy in Jaipur, Delhi & NCR, and elsewhere in North India.
Holoptelea Integrifolia Tree is also known as Indian Elm or Jungle cork Tree. Its popularly called as Chilbil, Papadi, Kanju, Bandar Ki Roti in Hindi and by many other names in local languages, across India. It’s a medicinal tree that grows widely across the country, often growing up to 50 feet and use includes the treatment for Rheumatism, ringworm, diabetes, leprosy etc. 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 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.
Experts claim that roughly 40-60% of pollen in the air is caused by Holoptelea Integrifolia tree!! The tree releases pollens in large number the air as compared to any other tree or plant.
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.
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 but then everyone needs to find their own solution!
For those who can’t leave the town, the only recourse is to stay indoors especially during the morning and avoid parks and take 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.
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