Functional Medicine – Allergy
Functional Medicine Approach to Allergy
Allergies can range from mild with annoying symptoms, to severe causing life threatening reaction. Allergic reaction can begin with watery eyes, itchy nose, throat and skin. In severe cases it can trigger reaction in the throat and lungs, swelling of the tongue, and a life threatening reaction called Anaphylaxis. According to the WebMD, More than 50 million people in America suffer from allergies each year, which is an approximately one in four person. 2 million people go to emergency room for asthma each year. The most common triggers for allergic reaction among the people with high sensitivity are: Pollen, Dust, Food, Mold Animal dander, Insect stings, Chemicals, and Medications For those of you who are living on daily doses of over-the-counter allergy medication, we have got some great news: you CAN cure seasonal allergies naturally and ditch the side effects of those drugs.
Functional Medicine Approach
Seasonal allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion, are caused by your immune system responding to something in the environment, such as pollen in the air. The reason your responses to these environmental allergens are intensified is often because your immune system is on high alert due to chronic inflammation. Your overactive, over stimulated immune system becomes hypersensitive to seasonal allergens, and the response manifests in symptoms such as congestion, coughing, itchy eyes, and sneezing.
And, as you probably know by now, your gut plays a huge role in your immune system health. In fact, nearly 85% of your immune system is located in your gut. It’s the place in your body that interacts with the outside world more than any other, taking in nutrients from food and keeping out bacteria, pathogens, and undigested food.
That’s why the key to reducing seasonal allergies is to calm the inflammation in your gut in order to restore your immune system’s balance.
What can Functional Medicine do to help?
- We begin with a complete health and medical history assessment.
- A full panel blood test if necessary to find the underlying causes of the sensitivity and immune reaction.
- Identify and isolate the ammonal reaction triggering points
- Heal the intestines and other organs that are responsible for healing and busting immune system
- Assessing and creating a customized life style program for each individual patient