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Pain Free Allergy Testing for Kids with Sensitivities

04/24/2015 01:48PM ● By Hood Magazine

Photo courtesy of studiofotografie

By Christine Duncan, D.C., Lanpher Chiropractic


Most children, and many adults are terrified of shots, or getting blood drawn. These are the two most common ways to evaluate allergies in mainstream, western medicine. Luckily, there are pain free options that are based in the holistic, naturopathic realm of medicine.


Many people have switched over to a more natural approach to assessing their allergies/sensitivities and have had wonderful results. Some examples would be: milk sensitivities causing earaches or digestive problems like diarrhea; sensitivities to certain food colorings or artificial sweeteners causing symptoms of ADHD, or poor concentration.


Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a great option for a pain free solution to assess you or your child for allergies or sensitivities. This is a non-invasive way to test foods, chemicals or environmental allergens. This is a form of holistic medicine that is not considered “mainstream” or “western medicine.” It is based on acupuncture meridians or energy paths that run through the body that relate to organs and glands. There are also areas of the body that hold more energy relating to certain organs, called alarm points, that can be evaluated. These energy pathways have been mapped out and used for thousands of years by Chinese and Japanese practitioners. They have used this flowing energy to correct and regulate many different health issues through acupuncture and acupressure.


Many Chiropractors in the United States use AK as a form of muscle testing in addition to their normal evaluation of patients.  It is very helpful in assessing the spine and other joints for misalignments, as well as looking at the overall wellness of the body. Sensitivities, allergies and other nutritional issues can be evaluated as well, in a natural, holistic way. This is where it becomes such a great tool to evaluate children. No needles, shots or blood drawing is done, and the child gets to remain happy in a no-stress environment.