The first visit, a ninety-minute appointment, is a non-invasive assessment of the child’s general health history with a complete functional health evaluation. Identifying the elements that the stress immune system is critical to emptying the allergy “bucket” and supporting the child’s ability to deactivate allergic responses to foods.
After the pertinent health information has been collected, a functional health evaluation of the immune system using the Galvanic Skin Response Device (GSRD) by International Health Technologies is performed. The GSRD works with meridians: a network of energetic pathways that pass through organs and tissues in the body. Acupuncture points act as windows into the meridian system. When we apply the GSRD to specific acupuncture points, the bio-energetic energy travels through your meridians and allows A.R.T. to evaluate which systems are out of balance or stressed.
A detailed assessment on the immune system includes the digestion, lymphatic, hepatic, adrenal and nervous system. The evaluation looks for microorganisms that overload these systems such as bacteria, viruses, candida, mold, parasites, heavy metals and vaccinations. After creating a homeopathic based on the findings, one of the five trigger allergens that also attribute to the heightened immune response is worked on.
During the follow-up visits the focus will be on continuing to build and strengthen the immune system by looking at the overloads that are still contributing to an imbalance. It takes approximately three to six months to restore balance to the system. The five priority allergens (mold, dust, additives, chemicals and sugars) will be evaluated as well. When balance is restored and the immune system is functioning more effectively, a full Sensitivity Screening of over two hundred foods will be performed. It is important to look at all the underlying food sensitivities that are also contributing to the overloaded immune system before working on the actual diagnosed food allergens.
Once the immune system and all underlying sensitivities are in balance with the body, the known food allergens are stabilized. When this is achieved, the allergen is incrementally and slowly introduced starting on the skin, then graduating to carefully supported, incrementally increased ingestion until the food can be safely integrated and freely eaten. Although it varies based on other contributing factors such as past exposure and overall anxiety around the food allergy, this process can take approximately four to eight months per allergy. (Each food allergen is worked on in isolation so as not to over-stress the body).
It is important to understand that the success of A.R.T. Allergy Release Technique® depends on a true commitment to the process and the therapist so that immune support and food introduction are done consistently. In order for this technique to work, a commitment to come to a weekly half-hour appointment is imperative. The actual length of your treatment will depend on how your body responds and the severity of your allergies.
Amy Thieringer is a board-certified Nutrition and Health Coach who created A.R.T. Allergy Release Technique®, an integrative approach and treatment of food allergies. Over the last twelve years, Amy has worked with over three hundred children to conquer their seemingly incurable food allergies—giving them hope where traditional medicine gives up.