What is an allergy?
The word “allergy” is derived from Greek words “allos” meaning different or changed, and “ergos” meaning work or action. It is estimated that 50 million North Americans are effected by an allergic condition.
An allergy is an exaggerated or altered reaction by our immune system in response to bodily contact with certain foreign substances. In non-allergic people it is seen by the body as harmless and no response occurs. Allergic people’s bodies recognize the foreign substance and one part of the immune system is turned on. Allergy producing substances are often called “allergens”.
Conventional medicine has several methods for testing allergies. These include Intradermal Test, the Patch Test, the Scratch Test,and various blood tests such as the RAST Test and the Elisa Test. The standard allergy treatment is drug therapy using antihistamines or steroids to control allergic symptoms. Unfortunately, this does not correct the underlying problem. The cost of treating allergies in the United States is more that 10 billion dollars yearly.
From a western medical perspective, an allergy is an overreaction by the immune system. From a holistic perspective based on Oriental Medical principles, an allergy is defined in terms of what a substance does to the energy flow in the body. Allergies are the results of energy imbalance in the body, leading to a diminished state of health in one or more organ systems.
When contact is made with an allergen, it causes blockage in the energy pathways called meridians. Thought about in another way, it disrupts the normal flow of energy through the body’s electrical circuits. This blockage causes interference in communication between the brain and body via the nerve system.
Through 31 pairs of spinal nerves, the brain operates the largest network of communication with the body. Energy blockage happens in a person’s body due to contact with the adverse energy of other substances. When two adverse energies come close, repulsion take place. When similar energies get together, attraction takes place. The repulsion of energy is referred to as allergy.
The repulsion of energies can happen between two living organisms, (i.e., between two humans, such as father and son, husband and wife, two friends, animal and human etc.). It can also occur between one living organism and one non-living organism. For example, between a human being and fabrics or food; between one living organism and energies of other substances (i.e., food, chemicals, plastic, aluminum, pollens, radiation from the TV, microwave, sun, etc.)
The whole idea of treatment for the allergy with natural medicine is to reprogram your brain (central nerve system) to accept all foods, substances, products, and environment as natural or beneficial.
Kinesiology is the art and science of the muscle movement of the human body. Kinesiology is used in allergy elimination technique by comparing the strength and weakness of any muscle (also known as neuromuscular sensitivity testing) of the body in the presence or absence of any substance. A measured weakness in the presence of a substance is due to the effect of an allergy to the item in person is touching. This simple method can be used to detect one’s allergens.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Yin-Yang theory from Oriental medical principle teaches the importance of maintaining homeostasis in the body. According to Oriental Medical principles, “When the body is in perfect balance, no disease is possible.” Any disturbance in the homeostasis can cause disease. Any allergen capable of producing a weakening muscular effect in the body can cause the disturbance in homeostasis. Hence, disease can be prevented and cured by maintaining homeostasis. According to the theory of acupuncture, using acupuncture at a specific point on the body is capable of bringing the body to a state of homeostasis by removing the energy blockage from energy pathways known as meridians. When the blockage are removed, energy can flow freely through the energy meridians, thus bring the body in perfect balance.
You truly are what you eat! To paraphrase what Hippocrates said around 400 B.C. “Food is your medicine and your medicine is your food.” Good health is achieved through correct nutrition. The question, however, is “What is correct nutrition?” and “How do we get it.”
Our philosophy is to offer the body all of the known nutrients that it needs to keep it operating at top efficiency.
Each individual has different biochemistry and food will be processed differently. The same foods react differently in different people. What is food for someone may be poison for others.
When we can eat nutritious foods without discomfort and assimilate their nutrients, that food is said to the right food. When you get indigestion, bloating or other digestive trouble upon eating the food, that food is not helping you function normally. We say this is generally an allergy to the food.
Unfortunately the majority of public does not know that 80% of human disease comes from unhealthy diet and allergies to food they consume everyday or certain substances they have contact with.
Sample cases of Allergy
Glucose will cause an allergy to the following symptoms:
- Migraine Headache
- Gastritis and colitis
- Chronic fatigue
An allergy to dairy products such as cheese and milk will cause the following symptoms:
- Various form of dermatitis
- Aggravate the arthritic condition
- Ostalgia of sternum
- Colitis and gastritis
An allergy to plastics will cause the following symptoms:
- Whole body muscle aching and pain
- Lower back pain
- Sciatic pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from plastic of the computer
An allergy to vaccination will cause the following symptoms:
- Fetal mortality