How does your allergy manifest?
Whether you suffer from nasal allergies, asthma, eosinophilic esophagitis, urticaria and/or eczema, Allergy Relief Acupuncture can help you.
Allergies occur when your immune system produces an IgE-type antibody in response to proteins (antigens) from outside the body (inflammation). The antigen/antibody combinations go on to harm the respiratory tract lining &/or skin cells which release the histamine that produces the itch, runny nose/eyes, sneeze and cough you experience. In Western medicine, therapies include avoidance, antihistamines, steroids and (epinephrine).
Any agent may trigger allergy’s exaggerated immune response: environmental allergens such as pollens, grasses, trees, molds; animal danders or proteins; dust mites; foods, especially eggs, milk, nuts, shellfish, soy; insect venoms; oral and injectable pharmaceuticals; and chemicals such as latex. Rare individuals may even produce a true allergic skin reaction to the sun.
How is the treatment done?
In Allergy Relief Acupuncture,1–4 of these needles are placed under the ear’s skin and remain in place for 3 weeks, while the allergen is avoided as much as possible. After needle removal, those with milder allergies may introduce very small amounts of the allergen (such as food, pets, etc), and we monitor for response. The goal is to attenuate or eliminate allergic responses to the allergen
Those with very severe reactions and anaphylaxis must continue strict allergen avoidance & carrying epinephrine, antihistamines and/or steroids: the goal is to attenuate possible accidental allergen exposure.
This technique was developed by Nader Soliman MD. Starting in 2002, and refined since 2009, Dr. Soliman combined his expertise in Auricular Acupuncture Therapy (ear acupuncture) with his knowledge of muscle testing  to produce this highly effective desensitization technique (SAAT: Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment ). In 2014, Dr. Soliman published a series of 40 patients treated with this technique who afterwards demonstrated allergy desensitization both by patient history and objective blood or skin testing .
This therapy may also be beneficial as adjunctive support for ongoing inflammatory conditions and subclinical infections.
In 2014, Dr. Villanova trained in this new technique, and has since helped dozens of patients attenuate or even eliminate their allergic conditions. This technique can serve as stand-alone therapy. So, unlike body acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, you need not engage in comprehensive evaluation and management for Allergy Relief Acupuncture to be effective.
Please contact Dr. Villanova if you have questions about whether or not Allergy Relief Acupuncture / Allergy Desensitization may benefit you.
Allergy Desensitization Testimonials
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