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Firstly it is important for you to understand what we are testing for. An allergy is a response that is characterised by the release of IgE antibodies by our immune system. In the case of allergies, these IgE antibodies are primed to react to harmless substances ie. shellfish, and generally happen very quickly after eating a food. True allergies such as these are what is tested with the traditional skin prick test. If you think you have an allergy or experience any facial swelling of the eyes, mouth or throat your testing needs to be conducted through your GP/local hospital.
What is of more concern to us at Advanced Naturopathics, are food Intolerances. These types of reactions do not involve IgE antibodies and do not show up in traditional types of skin prick testing. However these types of reactions produce many of the same symptoms as an allergy (with the exception of anaphylaxis).
Our testing service focuses on the identification of these intolerances.
The diagnostic method at our Christchurch clinic is called EAP or electro-acupuncture testing using a Bicom bioresonance machine to identify which substances are causing a strain on your body. This testing method and technology has been widely used in Europe for the past 25 years by both GPs and Naturopaths and was originally pioneered in Germany by Dr Reinhold Voll. (It is also know as "EAV testing" or "electro-acupuncture according to Voll").
Our Testing: non-invasive & results in 24 hours
We Test For Most Common Substances
Over 100 of the most common foods and substances known to cause a intolerance type of reaction are tested. However, specific suspect substances can be included in the testing process, making it highly specific for each client (i.e. house dust, personal care items or chemicals). Your results are rated for their degree of intolerance.
Your Test Results are delivered within 24 hours!
As you are tested for food intolerances during your first consultation, substances will be identified there and then. However, the complete results will be emailed to you or your practitioner the very next day.
No more waiting for weeks for results to be sent to you from Australia or Germany or the USA as you can do for hair analysis or blood-spot testing!
Electro-acupuncture Testing - No Needles!
Testing is done using an electro-acupuncture probe at an acupuncture point on the hands . First a basic reading from an acupuncture point on the hands is established. Next, one of the suspected stressing substances is put in the circuit and its measurement compared with the basic reading. If the reading rises with the substance in the circuit, then it causes a strain on the body. As we use inverse oscillations (or mirror images) of the potentially offending substances, the results are shown by de-stressing the body rather than subjecting it to further stress.
Is It Accurate?
EAP testing has been put to the test against the standard diagnostic methods (intra-dermal allergy skin testing, allergy history analysis, food re-challenge testing, RAST, and serum IGE).
EAP testing results were the most effective and accurate, alongside food re-challenge testing (the gold standard in conventional testing) (1).
So Why Come & See Us?