Allergy Management / Testing

Article by Angela Haldane

In a naturopathic consultation, we find many conditions that are bothering people such as sinusitis, hayfever, eczema, rashes, itchy skin, migraines, reflux, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, behaviour problems, anxiety and depression. These can be a result of a 'masked allergy'. They are not life threatening allergies, but they are enough to affect our daily lives. Some refer to them as food intolerances or food sensitivities. Either way, the immune sets off a response to the allergen by releasing IgE – which lands on the mast cells and sets off a reaction. It depends on where the masts cells are as to what effects you get, e.g. sinusitis or eczema.

For over 12 years now, we have been using the Polden Clinic who specialise in allergy testing. They also do a mineral analysis using a sample of hair. They test all the main food groups, as well as chemicals and environmental factors. The method of testing is called the ELF method (electromagnetic low frequency) whereby they use low frequency resonance instruments to observe reactions. The feedback from patients over 22 years has been consistently positive, as they have had lasting results in the relief from their allergies. When the allergy results come back, that appointment is focused on the dietary approach you need to take. We take care to ensure that the diet is realistic for your lifestyle, and all nutrients are accounted for – to make a balanced diet.
You cut these foods out, as best you can, for 3 months and we see you after approximately 1 month (into the 3 month period) to check on your progress.

Adult Consultation
$160 1 hour approx
+ $195.00 Allergy test includes follow up appointment to discuss the results in detail.

Child Consultation
$80 half hour
+ $195.00 Allergy test includes follow up appointment to discuss the results in detail.

Follow up Consultations – Adults / Children 1/2 hr