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Allergies and Food Intolerances

Allergies and Food Intolerances

Allergies and Food intolerances are sensitivities to substances which usually do not cause any harm. The immune system views the allergen as if it was a dangerous infection releasing a surge of histamine. This can cause an array of symptoms some mild while others can be severe and last for periods of time. Allergies and intolerances can affect almost any part of the body and be caused by an ever increasing range of natural or artificial substances egg chemicals, airborne substances like dust mite, food and drink, animals, environmental, preservatives and additives. Allergies and intolerances can be the sole cause of illness or act as a trigger to existing conditions.

Signs and Symptoms • Insomnia, Candida, Aches and Pains, Flu like symptoms • Lowered immune system, Inflammation, Irritation • Mood Swings, Hormonal imbalances, Toxins • Irregular PH, Intestinal flora imbalance, Weight gain or loss • Skin (red, dry, itchy, spots, hives) • Nausea, Heartburn, Diarrhea, Constipation, IBS • Headache/Migraine • Chronic Fatigue, Exhaustion • Stomach pain, Acid Reflux • Nasal congestion or a runny nose • Sneezing, wheezing, coughing, etc.

Allergy Consultation and treatment The consultation and testing used are non-invasive and pain free. We incorporate Traditional Chinese medicine, bio-resonance, muscle testing and nutrition therapy. There are no needles involved. Results will be given after full consultation and test. We test for a variety of foods, chemicals, airborne substances, nutritional deficiencies and imbalances in the system. Depending on the diagnoses, a treatment plan will be advised for you. Any exclusion diet will be fully explained and include recommendations for alternative foods. All consultations are strictly private and by appointment only

Skin allergies The most common are dermatitis, eczema, urticarial (nettle rash/hives) and psoriasis. Symptoms can include itching, redness, pain, swelling, sores, pustules, rashes, and acne. Causes can include allergies to certain foods, drugs, perfumes, chemicals and animals, poor diet, stress, nutritional deficiencies and organ imbalances.

Eye and ear allergies Allergies can cause the eyes to water swell become sore red and irritated. The ears can also be affected causing itching internally and externally, fluid can also build up inside the ear causing pressure a ringing sensation and temporary deafness.

Respiratory allergies Some common nasal conditions which are caused or triggered by allergies include rhinitis, sinusitis and hay fever. Symptoms can include sneezing, nasal discharge, headache, stuffiness, flu like symptoms and congestion. Chest conditions can manifest with symptoms such as coughing with or without phlegm, susceptibility to colds and flu, sensitivity to drafts or chills Asthma attacks can be brought on by an allergic reaction to foods and airborne substances. Symptoms can include wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty in breathing, coughing and chest tightness.

Food allergies and food intolerances The list of symptoms of food allergies is endless they include digestive upset, skin rash, organ imbalances, delayed immune response, mouth sores, mood swings, toxin build up, weight gain or loss, stress, headache, poor absorption of nutrients and irritable bowel syndrome. Food allergies can upset the natural balance between good and bad bacteria leading to fungal infection. They can also interfere with the bodies’ natural ph. levels.

Candida and allergies Candida is one of the most frequent conditions seen in the western world. It often manifests itself as vaginal infection in women. Causes can include allergies, poor diet, stress, nutritional deficiencies, poor immune system and antibiotic use. Symptoms are wide and varied. For example, thrush, nail infections, gas, bloating, constant hunger, bad breath, anal itching, severe dandruff, itchy flaky scalp, toxic overload, digestive and bowel upset, weight gain / loss and poor concentration.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS affects many people. It manifests with severe pain, bloating, belching, stomach upset, constipation, diarrhoea, cramps, indigestion, spasm, anal itching, and frequent and urgent bowel motions. This condition can be very stressful, which in itself makes the condition worse. Causes can include food allergies and food intolerances, stress, nutritional deficiencies and organ imbalances.

PH Balance PH balance / acid balance can be altered by food allergies and equally allergies can be caused by over acidity resulting in disorders such as gout, aches and pains, indigestion, psoriasis, red itchy skin, cellulite, heartburn, constant fatigue and illness.

Organ Imbalances In Chinese medicine, allergies can cause disruption in the natural balance between yin and yang, smooth flow of Qi/energy and harmony amongst the organs. For example, disharmony of earth and wood (spleen and liver). Clinical indications of this may include indigestion with gas, cramping, nausea, constipation / diarrhoea, Premenstrual Syndrome with sore breasts, bloated abdomen, irritability and fatigue, headaches, mood swings, erratic appetite, irregular / painful periods, craving foods, cold hands and feet, unstable blood sugar and poor concentration. Other causes include stress low immune system infections poor diet and lifestyle and nutritional deficiencies. It is important to identify and treat these imbalances as soon as possible to avoid illness.

Stress and allergies Allergies can put huge stress on almost any part of the system. Equally stress, can interfere with the immune response, resulting in allergies. It is important to keep stress at manageable levels so that the system can function properly. A well balanced diet, regular aerobic exercise and continual water intake are essential to reduce stress. Just as there are certain foods and drinks which raise stress levels there are also an array of supper foods that help to de-stress. It is important to decrease stress inducing foods and increase de-stress foods.

Nutrition and allergies Over time if allergies are left untreated nutritional deficiencies will occur. To maintain good health it is important that we are getting adequate nutrition on a daily basis to support our lifestyle. Nutrition is required for all of the bodies systems and functions. It is important that we are eating the right foods, that these foods are being broken down properly, and that the nutrition from these foods is properly absorbed. Symptoms of deficiency or mal-absorption of nutrition are numerous and need to be identified and treated ASAP.



Difficulty conceiving

Difficulty conceiving ???








Current statistics state that one in five couples over the age of 30 have difficulty conceiving after one year of trying. Many of these couples are turning to acupuncture and Oriental medicine for a safe, effective and natural solution to have a healthy baby. Oriental medicine has a long history when it comes to enhancing fertility for both men and women. In fact, evidence that acupuncture and herbal medicine have been used to aid fertility can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3AD.

Fertility treatments were first recorded by Zhang Zhong Jing, a famous physician from the Han Dynasty, in his discussion of diseases in women in theJin Gui Yao Lue or Essentials of the Golden Cabinet.

How Acupuncture Can Enhance Fertility

According to the principles of Oriental medicine, a person’s health is determined by the quality of Qi, the vital life energy, and blood circulating through the body. When Qi and blood are circulating properly, the body is properly nourished and functioning optimally which, in turn, enhances fertility.

Researchers have confirmed its benefit in the following areas:

  • Regulate menstrual cycle.
  • Improve sperm count and motility.
  • Reduce stress and anxiety associated with infertility.
  • Normalize hormone and endocrine systems.
  • Improve blood flow in the uterus.
  • Decrease chance of miscarriage.
  • Increase the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Fertility treatments vary from person to person, but are usually scheduled for at least three consecutive cycles (twelve weeks). Treatments can include acupuncture, customized herbal therapy, stress reduction and dietary counseling. Treatments work alone but are an excellent addition to any Western intervention.

Please call an acupuncturist near you for more information of to schedule a consultation.  The best place to find a qualified and licensed acupuncture practitioner is on

Acupuncture Increases IVF Success by 65%

Women undergoing IVF were 65 percent more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure with acupuncture, a recent study has shown.

The remarkable success rate occurred across seven acupuncture trials involving 1,366 women in a systematic review and meta-analysis published in a February, 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal.

Acupuncture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer – a step in the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) whereby one or several embryos are placed into the uterus.

The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Maryland in the United States and the VU University of Amsterdam in Holland.

It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and a woman’s ovulation.

Acupuncture is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and boost the production of endogenous opioids, inducing the body to relax.

Acupuncture Improves Sperm Quality

A study published in the July 2005 issue of the journal Fertility and Sterility found that acupuncture helped infertile men by apparently helping improve sperm quality in their semen.

In the research project, 28 men received acupuncture in addition to traditional infertility treatments, while another 12 men received only the traditional treatments. All of the men were diagnosed with infertility of unknown origin.

Acupuncture was associated with fewer structural defects in the sperm of men who received it, although it had no effect on other abnormalities, such as sperm immaturity or premature death.

Previous studies have shown a link between acupuncture and improved sperm production and motility.

Foods for Fertility

“Your body is like a garden… As in all gardens, the seed we hope to plant in our bodies grows best when we cultivate the ground and plant and nurture the seed in harmony with the laws of nature. You wouldn’t put a tender plant in clay soil without first tilling and amending the earth – at least not if you wanted to give that plant its best start. You wouldn’t plant in the dead of winter, or in the dry season without water, or in a sunless place. Likewise, if we tend our bodies, minds, and spirits with an awareness of the laws of nature, we improve our chances of welcoming the gifts of Quan Yin, the fertility goddess.” Angela Wu, L.Ac., author ofFertility Wisdom.

Black Beans

According to Oriental medicine, the energy of the Kidney system is important for reproduction and fertility enhancement often starts with the Kidneys. A good example of a food that nourishes the Kidneys and promotes fertility is black beans.

Health Benefits of Black Beans

From an Eastern perspective, black beans are warming in nature. They are thought to tonify the Kidney Qi and nourish Yin and Blood.

From a Western perspective, black beans are an excellent source of protein, folate, iron and fiber and are rich in antioxidants.

Loaded with Antioxidants

Worlds Healthiest Foods reported on research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry indicating that black beans are as rich in antioxidant compounds called anthocyanins as grapes and cranberries, fruits long considered antioxidant superstars.

When researchers analyzed different types of beans, they found that, the darker the bean’s seed coat, the higher its level of antioxidant activity. Gram for gram, black beans were found to have the most antioxidant activity, followed in descending order by red, brown, yellow, and white beans.

Overall, the level of antioxidants found in black beans in this study is approximately 10 times that found in an equivalent amount of oranges, and comparable to that found in an equivalent amount of grapes or cranberries.


Acupuncture for Hearing Loss – New Research

New research

concludes that acupuncture treats hearing loss. Researchers measured the effects of acupuncture on patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is defined as a loss of 30 dB or more in 3 contiguous frequencies within three days or less. Thirty-six patients of a total of seventy-two “showed improvement” with an average gain of 24.47 dB of hearing restoration. The researchers “demonstrated that favorable prognosis was directly related to the time interval from the onset of hearing loss to the start of AT (acupuncture therapy).” For the patients that showed significant improvement, start of acupuncture treatment was within an average of 51 days from the onset of hearing loss. For the group that did not respond, the average was 167 days between onset of the illness and the beginning of acupuncture care. Variables that did not affect the outcome: vertigo, presence of hypertension, gender.

Acupuncture Treatment Acupuncture was administered on average of two times per week. The needles were 40mm in length with a 0.25mmdiameter.  The needles were inserted to a depth of 10 – 30mm until a needling sensation of soreness, numbness or distention was perceived at the acupuncture point. The acupuncture point selections were made from the following primary points: GV14, GV15, GV16, GB20, GB21, BL10, SI4, SI15. Supplementary points were: TB21, TB22, SI19, GB2, ST7, UB2, LI20, GV20, EX-HN3, KI10, LR8, LU8, LR4, LI4, LR3, and ST36. The needles were retained for 10 minutes. The researchers note “our findings indicate that AT (acupuncture therapies) have some effects on ISSHL (idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss) even for the patients who failed to respond to conventional therapies.”

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Gynaecology and Acupuncture


In Chinese medicine there are numerous gynaecological conditions. The most common include:

Irregular periods


Polycystic Ovary PCOS

Infertility (including male)

Vaginal thrush (candidiasis)

Habitual miscarriage


Painful periods


Mourning sickness

Amenorrhea – absence of period




Hormonal skin problems

Hormonal headaches

Research on the effects of Acupuncture on Gynaecological Conditions.

The effect of acupuncture on polycystic ovarian syndrome:

25 patients were treated with acupuncture. Result 20 patients recovered regular menstruation. 10 of the 16 patients with sterility were able to become pregnant. Acupuncture can safely and effectively treat PCOS.

The effects of acupuncture on IVF and ICSI:

A randomised controlled clinical study on 225 patients was carried out. In group one 116 patients received acupuncture, while in group two 109 patients received a placebo. The pregnancy rates for IVF and ICSI in group one were double the rate of group two. Conclusion: Acupuncture can be of great benefit to IVF and ICSI.


For many women period pains are the bane of their existence. At least one day per month, they find themselves laid up, coping with pain that ranges anywhere from mildly inconvenient to borderline unbearable. They have accepted this unfortunate pattern as unavoidable, their penance for opting against birth-control pills. It doesn’t have to be this way. Women really can have their cake and eat it too: Acupuncture gets rid of menstrual cramps once and for all, no Pill required.

Acupuncture and the management of dysmenorrhea pain/painful periods:

In a controlled test over a year, a group of women were split into 4 groups. Only group 1 were given acupuncture for dysmenorrhea pain. 90.9% of group 1 showed a reduction in pain. Conclusion: Acupuncture can help to reduce pain in primary dysmennorrhea.

Acupuncture and the management of the Menopause

A study of 53 post menopausal women was performed. 27 were given reel acupuncture while the remainder, were given sham acupuncture. The sham group showed no significant improvements. The real acupuncture group showed a significant reduction in hot flushes and other annoying menopausal symptoms. Conclusion: Acupuncture can be of great benefit to menopausal women.

Here are some common patterns Chinese Medicine Patterns which encompass many gynaecological symptoms.  The treatment of all these patterns would include acupuncture and or herbal medicine.  Diet and lifestyle would also usually be examined.  Diagnosis is made after taking a full case history on the patient.  Tongue, pulse and facial diagnosis are all used to help build a firm picture of which syndrome is involved.

Liver and heart blood deficiency, depleted conception and penetrating vessel, spleen qi deficiency.

Signs and symptoms may include:

Prolonged early or late periods, heavy or scanty periods, PMT, inability to conceive, irregular periods, habitual miscarriage, dry eyes, insomnia, tendo-muscular aches and weakness, palpitations, cracked finger nails, dry skin and hair, restlessness, anxious, irritable, tiredness, feeling cold.

Treatment principle:

Nourish the blood, tonify qi, regulate the blood, and regulate the conception and penetrating vessels.

Damp-heat in the lower body (leucorrhoea/candidiasis)

Signs and symptoms may include:

Vaginal itching and discharge, burning heat or redness of the genitalia, dry mouth.

Treatment principle:

Clear heat, eliminate damp and harmonise the conception and penetrating vessels.

Kidney yin deficiency (menopause)

Signs and symptoms may include:

Hot flushes, insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, dryness of the throat and vagina, restlessness, backache, a sensation of heat in the palms, soles and chest, prolonged / shortened menstruation

Treatment principle:

Tonify the kidneys and calm the mind.

Blood stagnation (uterine bleeding)

Signs and symptoms may include:

Painful periods, persistent uterine bleeding, lower abdominal pain, clots, spotting, profuse bleeding.

Treatment principle:

Move blood, and resolve blood stasis.

Kidney deficiency (infertility)

Signs and symptoms may include:

Infertility, prolonged menstrual cycle, loose stools, low back pain and weakness.

Treatment principle:

Tonify the kidneys, regulate and tonify the conception and penetrating vessels.

Liver qi stagnation ( PMT)

Signs and symptoms may include:

Outbursts of anger, tiredness, irregular periods, painful periods, belching, sighing, nausea, pent up anger, moodiness, headache, insomnia, clots, low back pain, and menstrual dizziness.

Treatment Principle:

Sooth the liver, regulate qi, move blood.


On your first visit a full consultation will be given. This will include checking for organ imbalances nutritional deficiencies, diet and lifestyle demands, and tongue and pulse diagnosis. We will also get a full medical history from you. Depending on your diagnoses a treatment plan will be devised for you. This may include – Acupuncture, auricular acupuncture or needle free acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Diet and lifestyle recommendations.

It is important that your diet contains adequate nutrition and energy giving foods. It is equally important that these foods are being properly absorbed. Water, sleep and aerobic exercise are vital to maintain optimal health and energy. At the clinic we will assess your daily requirements to achieve this.

In Chinese medicine different food possess different properties e.g. If you have blood deficiency you will be advised to eat some foods that can nourish blood like rice and chicken eggs. While if you have a damp condition you may be asked to reduce your intake of foods which cause dampness e.g. greasy foods.

You may also be recommended to have an allergy / food intolerance test at the clinic.




Research shows Acupuncture Improves The Sucess of IVF!

A study done by Paulus in Germany surveyed 160 women who had IVF treatment.  80 of the women had acupuncture before and after transfer of the embryo and 80 did not.  The group that did not have acupuncture were found to have a 26.3% success rate, while the group that had the acupuncture had a 42.5% success rate.  Success was determined by those who had a successful scan confirming pregnancy at 6 weeks pregnant.  Our Acupuncture clinic has supported this protocol and includes it in treatments to support those women undergoing IVF treatment.   If you would like to read more about this research:  PubMed

This is huge improvement in the rate of sucessful IVF treatments.  Another step in the right direction for recognising acupuncture as a useful assistant to IVF treatments.


Coeliac Disease or Irritible Bowel Syndrome?

I found this very interesting article about coeliac disease (not to be confused with IBS). Although your symptoms may sound very much like coeliac disease self-diagnosis is not good and a blood test is required to give an accurate answer. One of the most common things we deal with in our clinic is IBS and the symptoms certainly mimic those of coeliac disease.


Runny Nose: Allergies, Cold, or Sinus Infection?

These are really good articles about allergies and sinus infections. At DAATC which is based in Dublin, Ireland we believe that sinus problems are very often related to food allergies. Once we have identified the foods causing the problem an exclusion diet can work wonders.

By Denise DeWitt,1


Midwives Using Acupuncture

Midwives are widely using acupuncture in countries around the world with great sucess.  This article highlights just how much it is being used without getting a huge amount of press!  I found the article on PulseToday and it is from the blog of Edzard Ernst.


Acupuncture cures Lazy Eye!

Just following on from yesterdays news on my experience of acupuncuture treating my Graves’ Eye Disease.  A recent study posted in the Archives of Opthamology reports that acupuncture is an effective therapy for “lazy eye”.  I found this article on HealthCare Medical Institute.

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