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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.



chronic fatigue and tcm


Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a condition that causes severe feelings of tiredness. It is not known how many people live with CFS, but one study in the US estimated the number to be between 75 and 265 people for every 100,000 in the general population. CFS is observed in women far more than in men. However, it may be that women are more likely to seek help and report their symptoms more often than men. The condition varies a great deal and can last several months, or it can persist for more than a decade.

 symptoms may include

Poor concentration Short-term memory problems Joint and muscle pain Flu-like symptoms,Tender lymph nodes Headache Word-finding problems Impairment of speech Blurring,Sensitivity to light, sound or odours, Depression Diarrhoea and/or constipation, Irritability, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Personality changes, Mood swings, Dizziness, Sensitivity to heat and/or cold, Irregular heartbeat, Chest pains, Ringing in the ears, Muscle twitching.

Other factors known to increase a person’s risk of developing CFS include

An overworked, “stressed immune system caused by recent acute illness, chronic health problems, emotional factors (anxiety, depression), and/or poor nutrition. Exposure to certain environmental pollutants and contaminants.High levels of oxidative damage caused by free radical exposure. Uncontrolled, chronic inflammation within the body caused by toxicity, leaky gut, poor diet, autoimmunity or allergies. Extreme and/or prolonged emotional stress.

There are numerous disorders associated with CFS, eg Lupus, and Fybromyalgia, 













Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and TCM

As with all diseases, the TCM approach to CFS is individualised to each patient; treatment begins with a detailed consultation in which the therapist discusses all aspects of a patient’s health, takes their pulse and looks at the tongue which can provide a wealth of information about the inner workings of the body. This enables the therapist to come to some understanding of how the patient’s Qi is impaired and how to redress their natural inner balance.

Often CFS patients are suffering from what is known in TCM as a ‘Retained Pathogen’. This is an originally external pathogen which has invaded the body and is lurking inside. ‘Pathogen’ here means an energetic entity which blocks the free flow of Qi; this is something more subtle than the western concepts of bacteria or virus, although it may well come along with them. It is conceptualised by analogy with climatic factors; just as extreme weather inhibits natural processes outside, so pathogens have the same effect in the body.

The patient may or may not have experienced acute symptoms when the pathogen invaded, and although any symptoms will have abated, the pathogen has not been expelled. This might be due to not taking time to recover properly after the illness, to constitutional weakness, or to exposure to damaging climatic conditions. It may also be due to the use of antibiotics, which kill the bacteria but trap the pathogen.

This retained pathogen is typically ‘Damp’ and/or ‘Heat’. Damp in TCM refers to a build up of bodily fluids which are not metabolised and circulated properly. It causes heaviness, lethargy, poor concentration and dull headaches. It can easily interfere with the digestion, leading to symptoms such as bloating and weight gain. Damp is difficult to move – hence the chronic nature of CFS – and it often combines with Heat which can  interfere with sleep patterns, and cause symptoms such as excess sweating and a sore throat.

In this situation treatment will aim to ‘drain’ Damp from the body and clear Heat if necessary. This will involve the use of acupuncture points specific to these tasks as well as herbal therapy if appropriate. Appropriate dietary choices will be encouraged; certain foods can help to clear Damp or Heat, whilst others can exacerbate the symptoms.



Diet can be a huge part of CFS. All aspects of the diet needs to be examined. This includes, food intolerance’s, nutritional deficiencies, poor eating habits, and weather nutrition and energy are being absorbed from the foods your eating.

















Foods such as white bread, white pasta, white potatoes and rice are rated high on the glycemic index. When these types of food are eaten in abundance and often, they tend to elicit a state of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include fatigue, moodiness and mental fogginess. Selecting lower glycemic index grains such as whole grains that have not been refined (e.g., kamut, spelt or 100 per cent whole wheat), sweet potatoes and brown rice will help to keep your energy up and weight down. As a general rule, check the nutrition facts label — a good bread will contain 2 to 3 grams of fibre per slice.

Not only is green tea loaded with antioxidants and a terrific addition to any weight-loss program, it also contains natural caffeine that fights fatigue, as it mimics the same feelings you get from coffee. Looking to quit or decrease your morning java? Turn to some delicious green tea to avoid coffee withdrawals and keep energy up.Eating the right amount of protein helps to balance blood sugar, which in turn avoids energy fluctuations. Optimal sources of protein are those that are lower in saturated fat, such as low-fat dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese, low-fat cheese), chicken, fish, turkey, soy and egg whites. On average, men need approximately 5 to 7 ounces of protein per meal while women need approximately 4 to 6 ounces of protein per meal. For an approximate measurement technique, the palm of your hand (without fingers or thumb) is equivalent to 3 ounces of protein.When selecting your foods, try to make your plate look as colourful as a pack of Crayola markers. Nature is very wise and has made our healthiest food — loaded with nutrients and vitamins — bright and beautiful. Tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots, oranges and spinach are just a few of the nutritional superstars that will leave you feeling full of life. iron  There are two sources of iron in food:One is  found in iron-enriched cereal, dark green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and some dried fruit. The other is found in red meats.



  There are numerous causes to this condition. Some are not known. It is therefore imperitive to look at all aspects. Diet, Lifestyle, Nutrition Levels, Stress, food intolerances, etc       

Depending on the results, a treatment plan will  be advised for you. This may involve exclusion diet (for allergies / intolerances )  acupuncture / needle free acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition diet and lifestyle changes.

 Any exclusion diet will be fully explained and include recommendations for alternative foods.   All consultations are strictly private and by appointment 

 Joanne Mc Govern – Dip Ac., Lic Ac., Dip. Chinese Herbs, Dip. Nutritional Advisor, Dip Stress Management.













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