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Complementary treatments for allergies

The Natural Practice will use a lot of different techniques to help this group of conditions. The whole of the benefit of an integrated medical approach is that a number of different approaches are brought together to support the patient and where possible, to enable them to throw the condition off. We should stress that each treatment plan is designed individually and it may consist of one or more of the interventions mentioned below and others that are not detailed here.

Clinical Ecology / Environmental Medicine This looks at the various factors in our environment that can provoke allergic and other reactions in the body:

Airbornes – these are substances present in the air which can provoke an allergic response. Apart from pollens, common airborne allergens include house dust mite, feathers and moulds. The ideal treatment is to avoid these triggers by adjusting the environment but this is not always possible so we use a range of desensitisation techniques.

Food Allergy – we are often asked to test for food allergy and this can be done with a blood test which identifies antibodies which have been produced by the body to allergens which are the triggers to food allergies. Desensitisation techniques can help

Food Intolerance – or food sensitivity involves a known reaction to food but one which is not apparently thought of as being allergic. The sorts of problems that come under the general heading of food intolerance include specific food reactions causing conditions such as migraine, irritable bowel and eczema. There is good evidence to sustain the use of dietary exclusion in these conditions for many sufferers, but no agreed mechanism through which the diet may be triggering or causing these illnesses.

Nutrition – Sometimes conditions such as irritable bowel may lead to inadequate absorption of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Nutritional deficiencies caused by inadequate diet or the inflammation associated with the allergic process may amplify allergic reactions. For instance low zinc may be caused by an inflammatory process while at the same time zinc deficiency can cause symptoms of tiredness and increased inflammation. Therefore an assessment of nutritional status in allergic conditions is important and appropriate supplements need to be prescribed