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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.

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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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Practical Nutrition: Coping with irritable bowel syndrome


One of my clients avoided bananas, while another shunned tuna salad. Still others wouldn’t go near tossed salads, sausage biscuits, fried foods or orange juice. These foods seem to have nothing in common, but were eliminated from the diet because they triggered symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

At least one out of 10 Americans suffers from IBS, and it might be as high as one in five. Women are more likely than men to have it, but IBS occurs in men, too. It can surface anytime between the ages of the early 20s to the late 40s.

IBS is a disorder that changes how the large intestine functions, but it doesn’t damage the intestine or lead to other diseases.

It’s not celiac disease (gluten intolerance), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or colon cancer; these diseases damage the intestines. Because some IBS symptoms may be similar, those diseases should be ruled out by your doctor.

Symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain, cramping, gas, constipation and/or diarrhea, and mucus in the stool. They can be mild to severe, and often come and go. Some people experience discomfort all the time.

IBS affects quality of life because it can interrupt daily routines and limit activities. Sometimes the pain is temporarily disabling.

It’s unclear why people develop IBS. It could be because of a family history of IBS, or it could result from a bacterial infection.

Problems in the intestine may be the culprit. The nerves may be more sensitive, causing gas and stools to be painful. If the intestine contracts too fast or too slowly, diarrhea and constipation worsen. It could be a miscommunication between the nerves in the intestine and the brain, causing irritability.

Stress and anxiety don’t cause IBS, but they can worsen symptoms.

The treatment of IBS is highly individual and might include changes in eating habits, use of probiotics, counseling to decrease stress, and medications, if prescribed by your doctor.

Keeping a food diary is the first step to controlling the symptoms. Record what you eat, any symptoms and when they occur. Note what foods make you feel better, or worse, and eat accordingly.

Sometimes large portions aren’t well-tolerated, so aim for five to six smaller meals each day.

Gradually increasing fiber daily might help control constipation. Select whole grains and high-fiber foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables.

Increasing soluble fiber found in applesauce and oatmeal, along with bulking agents, such as psyllium (Metamucil), might help diarrhea.

Include six to eight daily cups of water along with other beverages to help digestion.

Different foods can be specific triggers for people with IBS. See the accompanying list for foods to avoid and those better tolerated.

Nutrition help for IBS

There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why one person with IBS tolerates a certain food, but another suffers when eating the same food.

Keep track of the foods you tolerate and problematic ones; it can help your doctor plan your treatment. Also, working with a registered dietitian can help you determine the best foods to eat. These foods are potential triggers for IBS.

Dairy products

Dairy might not be tolerated because of fat or lactose content. If you’re lactose-intolerant, use lactose-free milk, cheese and dairy products. If you tolerate lactose, use skim, 1 percent or 2 percent milk and low-fat dairy products. Avoid heavy cream and rich cheeses.

Fatty foods

Avoid rich, heavy meals. Use lean cuts of meat and poultry, avoiding highly marbled meats and chicken skin. Choose lean deli meats and avoid luncheon meats, bologna, hot dogs, bacon and sausage. Bake, broil, roast and grill your foods instead of frying them.

Gassy foods

Eat any vegetables you tolerate for their fiber. However, these vegetables can cause gas and might need to be limited or avoided: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, dried beans and peas, leeks and onions.

Sugar alcohols

Sorbitol is a sweetener used in many products because it doesn’t promote tooth decay, or raise blood sugars of people with diabetes. However, large amounts of sorbitol can cause gas, diarrhea and bloating. Avoid it! You’ll find it in sugarless gum and candies, toothpaste, lower-sugar granola and meal-replacement bars, and some low-calorie desserts and candies.


Alcohol might stimulate or irritate your intestines, so avoid it as much as possible.

Sodas and carbonated beverages might produce gas and cause bloating.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and chocolate in general contain caffeine, which stimulates the intestines and can worsen diarrhea. Caffeine-free versions are usually tolera

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The lactose in dairy products such as milk might trigger irritable bowel syndrome

Mary-Jo Sawyer is a registered dietitian with VCU Medical Cente Share

Relieving the Agony of Allergy Season with Acupuncture

Spring season is here, and although that means flowering gardens and cool, sunny days, for many people it also means the agony of allergy season!

According to Chinese medical theory, allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and organ systems of the body.  These imbalances could stem from many different causes such as:  stress, poor diet, consitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine counterattack allergy symptoms by working to support and strengthen Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”).   You can think of Wei Qi like the body’s immune system.  If Wei Qi is strong and abundant, one remains healthy.  But if Wei Qi is compromised, one becomes more suceptible to toxins, pollutants and stresses on the body.  If the supply of Wei Qi is abundant and flowing freely through the body, allergy symptoms can be greatly reduced or eliminated.  Traditional Chinese Medicine also considers the spleen, kidneys, and lungs when treating allergies.  Deficiencies or weaknesses in any of these organs can make one more prone to allergy symptoms.  Acupuncture treatments can build, balance and support these organs to increase health and wellbeing.

Many allergy sufferers prefer acupuncture to other methods of allergy treatment because it is a drug-free, safe, and natural method for eliminating symptoms and providing relief.  Here are some other tips that can help you minimize the adverse effects of allergy season:

  • Keep your windows closed during allergy season to prevent dust and pollen from entering your home.
  • Do not hang your clothes to dry in the sun as they will gather dust, mold and pollen.
  • Add spicy foods and omega-3 foods such as  flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, soybean, halibut, callops, shrimp, tuna and tofu to your diet.
  • Flush your nose with a Neti pot.
  • Wear a dust mask when working in the yard or housecleaning.
  • Schedule regular acupuncture appointments to keep your organs strong and your Wei QI flowing. Share

Top 10 Foods Highest in Protein

Top 10 Foods Highest in Protein

Protein is a macro nutrient composed of amino acids that is necessary for the proper growth and function of the human body. While the body can manufacture several amino acids required for protein production, a set of essential amino acids needs to be obtained from animal and/or vegetable protein sources. 

Below is a list of foods with the highest protein density, for more information, see the section on low calorie high protein snacks, and protein isolates.








Wired and Tired? 7 Herbs to Reduce Stress and Increase Vitality


An Alternative to Red Bull: An introduction to Adaptogenic Herbs

“Adaptogens” are a group of herbs that seem custom-made for our stressed out times. By definition, adaptogens are “non-specific,” so rather than targeting one particular symptom or part of the body, like much of Western medication, they increase your resistance overall against physical, chemical and biological stressors. They’re non-habit forming, even when taken over long periods of time and, most importantly, they are normalizing — they create balance in the body without negatively influencing any particular body system at the expense of another.

Basically, adaptogenic herbs are to stress what a hot bowl of homemade soup is to a cold, rainy day — relaxing and yet restorative and, in short, just what the doctor ordered.

Herbs used to restore a healthy stress response are traditionally prepared as formulas, not taken as individual herbs. As an introduction to this fascinating subject, here are seven of my favorite adaptogenic herbs often used in such formulas and some basic info on how they can help you relax and recharge:





Possible treatment of hypertension with acupuncture

In the Emergency University Hospital Commander Faustino Pérez Hernández de Matanzas developed a clinical trial showed the effectiveness of using acupuncture in patients diagnosed with hypertensive emergency. This treatment was more effective than the indication of Captopril orally.

The sample consisted of 61 patients, predominantly female and aged between 48 and 67, divided into two groups: one of 28 who received conventional drug treatment with captopril, and another 33 to that applied procedures of Acupuncture.

Those treated with acupuncture showed a better therapeutic response to reevaluate patients an hour after established treatment, when compared with the group that was given Captopril.










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Acupuncture Can Improve Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

Acupuncture Can Improve Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

 A team of Japanese researchers revealed study results  at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting that show how acupuncture therapy mitigates skeletal muscle loss and holds promise for those seeking improved mobility through muscle rejuvenation.










Psoriasis is a noncontagious skin condition that produces red, dry plaques of thickened skin. The dry flakes and skin scales are thought to result from the rapid proliferation of skin cells that is triggered by abnormal lymphocytes from the blood . Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp.


The most common form of psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, affects eighty percent of all psoriasis sufferers. Its symptoms are the “classic ” psoriasis symptoms: patches of raised, inflamed red skin covered by silver-colored scales. The scales are actually dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the psoriatic inflammation. Over time, the scales flake off, revealing the red skin beneath, and new scales form. In black Americans these psoriatic plaques are often the same color as the skin.


Although a special psoriasis diet is debatable, studies have shown that certain nutrients and minerals are a great help in the management of the disease and there are certainly some foods to avoid for the prevention of the attack.

Researchers have 5 major nutrient recommendations to include in your psoriasis diet. These are:


Definition? Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that is characterized by elevated, red, inflamed patches that are sometimes covered with silver scales. Often there is itching, pain, and burning sensation as well. Psoriasis can happen anywhere on the body but most commonly on the knees, elbows, and scalp. Psoriasis tends to affect men and women equally and although it can affect all age groups, it primarily affects adults. 

Possible causes?  In western medicine, the possible causes of psoriasis are still not clear but the following are a few possibilities that scientists have come up with:


  • Autoimmune condition: In psoriasis, a type of white blood cell, called a T-cell, are put into action by mistake and become so active that they can trigger other immune responses, which lead to inflammation and rapid turnover of skin cells. This means that skin cells quickly rise from their origin below the surface of the skin and pile up on the surface before they have a chance to mature. Usually this takes about a month in the average person, but in psoriasis, it may only take a few days.
  • Family history: one-third of cases; Researchers have identified genes linked to the disease after studying a large number of families affected by psoriasis.
  • Emotional stress
  • Skin damage
  • Cold weather or changes in climate
  • Physical illness
  • Some medications including lithium, quinidine, and those that treat high blood pressure and inflammation can trigger an outbreak or worsen psoriasis

Biomedical treatment? Doctors treat psoriasis based on the severity of the disease, size of the areas involved, and type of psoriasis, and the patient’s response to initial treatments. This is called the “1-2-3″ approach. In step 1, topical medications are used. In step 2, light treatments are used (phototherapy). In step 3, oral medications or injections that treat the whole immune system are used (called systemic therapy). Over time, affected skin can become resistant to treatment and will no longer work, especially when topical steroids are used. Also, many psoriasis patients say that they have either not yet found a treatment that really works or they are afraid of the adverse reactions they will have to the medications.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Psoriasis?  In my practice, I see many patients with psoriasis. In most cases, the patient has tried every ointment or medication without success and is seeking an alternative. In the initial visit, I ask the patient many detailed questions and talk with them about the course of treatment. Chinese herbal medicine is my first treatment of choice but quite commonly I will also recommend acupuncture once per week. In all cases, I advise them regarding their diet and supplement intake.

In TCM theory, the skin lesions of psoriasis is mainly caused by an excess of “heat” which can manifest as blood-dryness, heat in the blood, blood stasis, damp-heat, or fire and toxic-heat. The “heat” is often resulting from pathogenic wind entering the body and invading the yin and blood. Also, Qi (energy) and blood obstruction throughout the body due to stress for example, can result in heat accumulation. Liver and Kidney weakness may also lead to the deficiency-type psoriasis. The TCM approach to psoriasis is to differentiate the syndrome and decide on what the underlying cause is. The aim of TCM is to result in a permanent solution after treating the root cause of the illness.

How fast can you see results?  The results of TCM treatment will vary depending on each case, although most patients notice visual changes within 1 – 4 weeks. It is very important that patients comply with all treatment requirements for maximum effectiveness including nutritional changes, stress-relief exercises etc.

Nutritional Therapy for Psoriasis?  In my practice, the nutritional recommendations I give are detailed and customized for the individual patient. However, the following are just some general therapies for all people suffering from psoriasis:

  • Omega 3 essential fatty acids – may reduce inflammation, lubricate skin, and regulate prostaglandins (2000mg per day)
  • Zinc (25mg per day
  • Folic acid (1mg per day)
  • Quercetin (500mg three times per day before meals)
  • Avoid red meat, dairy products, and simple refined sugars
  • Avoid acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus foods, eggplant, and coffee
  • Avoid highly allergic foods such as corn, wheat, eggs
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking

Research study: Acupuncture for Psoriasis 61 cases of psoriasis were treated with acupuncture, including 25 patients with complications of joint involvement, and two cases of scleroderma additionally. All of the patients had failed to respond to their western medical treatments. 25 patients were males and 36 were females. Their ages ranged from 22 to 84 years, with an average of about 52 years. Most of them (about 61%) had quite extensive involvement of the body. The average duration of their illness was over 16 years, ranging from 2 to 65 years.

They received an average of about 9 acupuncture sessions.

With the acupuncture treatment, about one-half (30) of the 61 patients had complete or almost complete clearance of the skin lesions. About a quarter (14 patients) of them had a clearance of about two-thirds of the skin lesions. Eight of them had a clearance of one-third of the skin lesions. Only nine patients had minimal improvement. This indicates that acupuncture is an effective therapeutic modality for psoriasis, particularly when the western conventional treatment was ineffective


 On your first visit a detailed assessment is carried out.  This includes Chinese tongue pulse and facial diagnoses, past and current medical history, nutrition diet and lifestyle assessment. We also check for food intolerances/allergies. Allergies and food intolerances can cause symptoms including, rash, itch, inflammation, irritation,  toxic overload, bowel and digestive upset low immune system, nutritional deficiencies, organ and system imbalances, raised PH levels and chronic fatigue.  This can lead to illness or trigger existing conditions.  The testing used is non-invasive and pain free. It incorporates Chinese medicine, bio-resonance  muscle testing and Nutrition therapy 

We test for a wide variety of foods, chemicals, and airborne substances We also check for nutritional deficiencies, organ imbalances, and toxins, PH/ acid balance, intestinal flora and the immune system. Depending on the diagnoses, a treatment plan will then be advised for you. This may involve exclusion diet, 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 only.  

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

 Advisor, Dip Stress Management.


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