Acupuncture for Food Allergies

No one knows why food allergies are increasing, although several theories exist. This leaves doctors and scientists unsure about what to recommend in order to prevent them.

In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a strong grasp of allergies. From a TCM perspective, many allergies are caused by a Wei Qi imbalance. Wei Qi is similar to the Western medicine view of the immune system; Wei Qi defends the body against foreign substances.

And unlike Western medicine, TCM recommendations for food allergies are always individualized. Your specific diagnosis impacts your treatment plan and how you will balance your immune system.

Until you get a personal diagnosis, use these tips to control your food allergies.

  • See an allergist and get tested to learn exactly what you are allergic to.
  • Avoid your food allergens, especially if you are exposed to multiple allergens at once. For example, you may be more sensitive to your food allergens when you have hay fever. The most common food allergens are peanuts, the proteins in cow’s milk, shellfish, tree nuts, fish, eggs, gluten, wheat and soy. These are good foods to avoid if you don’t know exactly what you’re allergic to.
  • Ask about ingredients when you eat at restaurants or when your meal is prepared by someone else. Don’t be shy to get specific.
  • Read labels to make sure there aren’t any “hidden” ingredients you’re allergic to.
  • Sometimes people outgrow food allergies. Talk to your allergist to get tested if you believe you’re no longer allergic.
  • Eat foods that nourish your immune system. Cauliflower, Asian pears, water chestnuts and white cabbage are good antioxidants and support your Wei Qi. Be sure to eat both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are found in salmon, tuna, mackerel and other cold-water fish.

[1]http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db121.htm

Makes 2 cups

12 ounces washed and cleaned dandelion leaves

1 cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, peeled
6 table spoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
2 1/2 ounces Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated

Put one-third of the dandelion greens in a food processor or blender with the olive oil and chop for a minute. Add the remaining dandelion greens in two batches until they’re finely chopped. Add the garlic, pine nuts, salt and Parmesan, and process until everything is a smooth puree.Taste; add more salt if necessary.  Thin with olive oil or water if needed.

Storage: The pesto can be refrigerated in a jar for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 2 months.  To prevent the top from darkening pour a thin layer of olive on top.

About Dr. Geoffrey He

I have been in private practice for over fifteen years treating general conditions with extensive experience in gynaecology, fertility, stress related conditions and facial acupuncture, he is highly experienced in clinical medicine for pain management (Neurological Medicine), gynecological disorders, fertility assistance (IVF) and cosmetic acupuncture. He is specializing in the area of Post Injury Management and General Practice in Chinese Medicine. Focusing on an intuitive level to suit each individual, Geoffrey's approach is rooted in the strong link between physical, mental and emotional health and the underlying cause of disharmony. Treatment is supported by additional lifestyle advice with an emphasis on empowering patients to achieve a healthy balance in their lives."I was trained in Western Conventional Medicine and Chinese Medicine with over 15 years clinical practicing experience including ten years in Australia, I combine the techniques of Modern Medicine and the art of healing from Chinese Medicine to help people get their natural and healthy life." - Dr Geoffrey x He