A Medical Herbalist can help both identify the cause and treat the symptoms of food intolerance.
The approach taken by a Medical Herbalist is to identify foods that may be causing the reaction by recording the symptoms, taking a medical history and using a food diary to identify a specific exclusion and reintroduction diet. The common causes of food intolerance include wheat based foods, gluten, dairy, eggs, soya, nuts, and some fruits. Advice is given on how to systematically carry out the diet to identify the one or more foods causing the intolerance while maintaining a balanced diet.
Also offered is another faster but more costly way of finding food intolerances which is to measure food-specific IgG antibody in a finger prick blood test. One company is able to test 150 different foods in one blood sample. This can be helpful in identifying foods but does not always given an accurate answer as food intolerances can have a number of causes which may not be evident from only measurement of IgG.
A Medical Herbalist will use herbal medicines to treat factors that may have contributed to the food intolerance. These include herbs to improve digestion to ensure food is fully digested, to repair a leaky gut wall that may have allowed partially digested food into surrounding tissue, and to improve liver function.
To treat the symptoms of food intolerance herbs will be given to reduce inflammation, bloating and contraction of the wall of the digestive tract wall, and to restore normal gut flora. The herbs selected will depend on the symptoms experienced by each individual.
So a visit to a Medical Herbalist could promote a symptom free diet and end digestive discomfort.