Food intolerance is the inability to properly digest certain foods. The symptoms of food intolerance include bloating and flatulence, stomach pain, headaches, skin rashes, and fatigue. It is a common cause of IBS.
How a Medical Herbalist can Help
A Medical Herbalist can help both identify the cause and help ease the symptoms of food intolerance.
What approach will a Medical Herbalist take to identify the cause?
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 symptoms 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.
How will a Medical Herbalist treat food intolerance?
A Medical Herbalist will use herbal medicines to reduce 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 help ease 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.
Why visit a Medical Herbalist?
A Medical Herbalist will help you identify the cause of your food intolerance, recommend improvements to your diet and provide herbal treatment to ease digestive comfort.
Contact me to arrange a consultation at the Clinic to discuss your diet and symptoms.
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