Food intolerances, food allergies and how to treat them
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the most important element for health and for antagonizing diseases is nutrition. At the same time, food is also medicine. In Western medicine, this realisation often seems to have not yet arrived in this form. In our practice, we place great importance on this concept and work closely together with nutritionists.
More and more people suffer from food intolerances or allergies. Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, flatulence and bloating are common symptoms after eating certain foods. When signs of food intolerance or allergy frequently occur in childhood, the likelihood that they also occur later in life is high (e.g. lactose intolerance); suddenly you can no longer tolerate foods that you could previously eat without any problems.
In addition to our specialist medical evaluation to exclude any organic disease, an accurate analysis of daily eating habits (food record) can support the diagnosis. If you suspect a food intolerance or allergy, it is helpful to begin recording your habits (i.e. "what I eat / what I drink, how I am") in a food/complaint diary and bring this information in to your consultation. You can use the special questionnaires relating to this aspect in our download section.
We are specifically able to clarify the following intolerances/allergies in our practice:
– coeliac disease (gluten intolerance)
– lactose intolerance
– fructose intolerance
– sorbitol intolerance (sweetener intolerance)
– histamine intolerance
– saccharose intolerance (sugar intolerance)
– non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)
– special intolerances (e.g. xylitol)
Should evidence of a true food allergy, for example, to wheat, egg, or seafood arise, we can clarify this in close cooperation with the relevant specialists (allergists).
With the hydrogen (H2) breath test, many of the above mentioned incompatibilities can be tested in our practice. If you have been scheduled for a breath test, it is very important to adhere to our preparation instructions: Preparation for breath test (refer to link)
It is only possible to perform one test per substance at each individual appointment. The test usually takes at least 2 hours.
Using the breath test, special conditions such as, for example, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can be determined via a lactulose test or transport disturbances (orocaecal transit time) can also be diagnosed.