Our immune system responds to a false alarm
Achoo!” rings out from almost every corner when the first pollen in spring embraces the air. And you’ll see people - well equipped with handkerchiefs - struggling against runny noses and red eyes. Another time you hear the first woman in the queue asking the bakery sales assistant “Does this bread contain traces of nuts?”. But what do those people have in common? They all suffer from different kind of allergies.
Allergies have its roots in our immune system, which protects us from invading germs or bacteria usually causing illnesses. The immune system of people who are affected by an allergy responds however differently. It mistakenly classifies an otherwise harmless substance – so called allergen – as an invader and sets off a false alarm. As a result the production of antibodies is immediately induced causing cells to release histamine in abundance. Finally, these chemicals trigger the allergic reaction causing us for example to sneeze.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America approximately 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies and the prevalence steadily increases, affecting as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children.
What causes allergies?
For many people the changing of the season does not only herald the start of holiday, but also the start of seasonal allergies like hay fever. A wide range of allergens are responsible for allergic reactions.
What are the most common allergens?○ Pollen & Plants
○ Insect Stings
○ Animal Dander
○ UV –Light
What about symptoms?
Allergy symptoms range from making you miserable to putting you at risk for life. The allergens typically trigger symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, stomach or on the skin. But they can be easily mistaken for asthma or virus infections.
How can you treat allergies?
Unfortunately, there is no conventional cure to successfully wipe out allergies. In most cases only the symptoms are treated with common medications like antihistamines or decongestants. The allergy itself including the false reaction of the immune system remains however the same. Dr. William E. Berger, clinical professor at the University of California, reported that one third of all allergy patients think their medications don’t work and furthermore cause unwanted side effects.
How can Balance Health help you?
Surveys show that an increasing number of allergy sufferers seek relief from treatments and remedies provided by Mother Nature. Less people tend to trust conventional medications from the drugstore counter.
Balance Health is specialized in food, skin and seasonal allergies, and focuses also on the treatment of asthma symptoms. Our certified practitioners can help to fix the root cause problem deriving from your immune system. They can help to restart your immune system in order to eliminate the false alarm leading to the allergic reaction.
Our holistic health clinic offers you natural remedies and alternative treatments to improve your health condition and to achieve a better quality of life.
Homeopathy considers allergies as a sign of a defective immune system and as the body’s appeal for help. According to the homeopathic believe the allergen is just the trigger to the problem and not the underlying cause itself. Our homeopath Martin Mailaender assesses your body constitution on a physical, emotional and mental level in order to remove and eliminate the underlying cause completely.
Appropriately selected homeopathic remedies will support this process in strengthening your immune system and in stimulating your body’s ability to heal itself.
How does a consultation at Balance Health look like?
The first treatment with our homeopath Martin Mailaender is built up as follows:
1. First consultation: In-depth interview about medical report, symptoms, personality, and lifestyle factors (1-2 hours)
2. Analysis: evaluating body, mind and emotions
3. Medical application: prescribing customized remedies (within the first consultation or the day after)
4. Follow-up Consultation: observing the health condition and healing process (5-7 days later)
Functional Medicine & Holistic Nutrition
Functional medicine is about getting to the root cause of a disease or dysfunction, by identifying the triggers, imbalances, pathogenic influences and toxicities. It combines the consultative expertise together with the appropriate diagnostic procedures, like laboratory tests, to help the patient regain balance, wellness and vitality. Diet, detoxication and supplementation are the key tools to correct any imbalance.
How does a consultation at Balance Health look like?
The treatment with our functional medicine practitioner and holistic nutritionist Miles Price is built up in three evaluation steps:
○ Conducting a thorough health, family history, lifestyle and diet evaluation
○ Evaluating blood tests and laboratory results
○ Prescribing specific dietary modifications, with supplemental detoxification support if needed
The benefits of this holistic approach combined with clinical support result in more energy, vitality, and elimination of symptoms.
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
A German study published in 2013 proved evidence of the efficacy and benefits of Acupuncture in treating seasonal allergy symptoms. The lead author Benno Brinkhaus, who was quoted in a Time magazine report on the study, highly recommends a trial of acupuncture for patients who are not satisfied with conventional medication or treatment or if their medication leads to unacceptable side effects.
TCM practitioners believe that allergy patients are prone to recurring allergic reactions because they suffer from an underlying weakness, often a deficiency of lung and spleen Qi. On the one hand, Lung Qi accounts for the proper function of the entire respiratory system including the nasal air passages. On the other hand, spleen Qi is responsible for the smooth transport of body fluids. When the Qi is out of balance it leads to annoying allergic symptoms.
The stimulation of acupuncture points around the nose usually relieve sneezing and nasal congestion immediately. In combination with herbal medicine that strengthen the lung and spleen function you achieve physical and emotional well-being.
Neuro Energetic Kinesiology
Neuro Energetic Kinesiology is a recognized, comprehensive, non-invasive system of healthcare that uses calming and muscle monitoring techniques to unlock and access the body’s information on stress and symptoms in order to identify and release the stresses that can cause diseases like allergies.
Kinesiology may be used to identify specific allergens to which you respond sensitive. When you are exposed to an allergen, the theory supposes that muscles indicate the allergy by becoming weak. The muscle testing is used as kind of a natural biofeedback system that detects the information your body wants to share. After the identification of certain allergens our kinesiologist works to correct the energetic imbalance.
The Yuen Method
The Yuen Method has its roots in ancient Chinese Shaolin temples and outshines by its simplicity as it can be applied anywhere and anytime without the necessity to physically touch the patient. More than half of our patients have never been physically present as a Skype or Facetime call is absolutely sufficient. It is an energetic principle that looks at the human experience in its core components of body, mind and spirit. It believes that you are either ”strong or weak” to any given subject matter, person or situation. The aim of the Yuen Method is to find this weakness, strengthen it and finally delete it.
Our practitioner Victor Geronimo works to make sure that all levels of consciousness are harmonious. It works to remove energy blockages and help you to overcome any given problem - even your long lasting asthma.
Using Body Talk, we desensitize the body without elimination diets or reactions. Your body can learn to integrate these substances rather than having to fight against them. It is unique to the BodyTalk System that you can learn to live with a reactive substance, integrating it into your lifestyle, rather than avoiding it. Unlike some other allergy treatment programs, BodyTalk involves a short series of sessions and follow up. Your body will become desensitized to the substance while restoring your immune response and overall health.
Our practitioner Angie Tourani is Hong Kong’s only Advanced Certified BodyTalk Practitioner and Instructor. She specializes in working with emotional issues, anxiety, depression, insomnia, immune system weaknesses, and sensory integration disorder with both adults and children.
“Having food allergies doesn’t mean your body is broken. In fact it means your body is highly intelligent.”
Which food groups cause most allergic reactions?○ Milk
○ Crustacean shellfish
○ Tree nuts
What are common symptoms of a food allergy?○ Hives
○ Vomiting, stomach cramps
○ Asthma symptoms
○ Trouble swallowing, swallowing of the tongue
○ Dizziness, shock or circulatory collapse
Which allergens are known to cause skin allergies?○ Plants
○ Insect stings
○ Animal dander
○ UV light
○ Dust mites
Skin allergies surface in:
○ Itching bumps, rashes or hives
○ Reddening and swelling
○ Atopic dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema affecting 10-20 percent of children and 1-3 percent of adults.