Allergies and autoimmune diseases have one thing in common: they over-excite the immune system. This can leave you feeling tired, achy, fuzzy-headed – and so much more.
At One Agora Integrative Health, we specialize in providing two revolutionary treatments to bring you autoimmune and allergy relief – low dose allergen and low dose immunotherapy.
At the heart of allergen immunotherapy is reducing or eliminating your sensitivity to a particular allergen. In our Bloomington, MN clinic, we offer two immunotherapy options that treat and may even eliminate your allergies:
LDA is a type of immunotherapy that’s commonly used to treat environmental allergies, food allergies, and autoimmune conditions. It’s a simple, safe, and effective treatment that dissolves right under your tongue.
Because of how LDA therapy interacts with the immune system, it can be an effective therapy option for many autoimmune conditions as well. Frequently treated conditions include autoimmune diseases (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus (SLE), Rheumatoid Arthritis), GI issues (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), lyme disease, and certain skin conditions (dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea).
LDA therapy uses an extremely low dose of allergens (something that triggers your immune system and causes an allergic reaction). LDA therapy mixes those allergens with beta-glucuronidase, a powerful enzyme (a chemical that speeds up certain reactions in your body). Once this enzyme is mixed with a tiny dose of the allergen and administered, it attracts certain white blood cells.
These particular white blood cells (called T-regulator cells) address the part of the immune system that was reacting to the allergens to begin with. To put it simply, the T-regulator cells “shut off” the allergic reaction.
Here’s a breakdown of how two mainstream approaches for allergy relief work:
Similar to allergy shots or drops, LDA therapy zeroes in on the cause of your allergies. But instead of building a tolerance, LDA retrains your immune system. Plus, unlike weekly shots or daily drops and pills, LDA therapy is administered far less frequently – every two months.
Similar to LDA, LDI uses extremely low doses of allergens along with the beta-glucuronidase enzyme. While LDA therapy is mostly used for overactive immune responses to things like food, pollen, and other “outside the body” contributors, LDI is used largely for “foreign invaders” or infections that cause inflammation in the body.
Not all inflammation is bad. In fact, inflammation is a normal part of your body’s immune response. When faced with an infection, the body is usually able to kill-off most of the invading pathogens that are infecting you. But sometimes, a small amount of these foreign invaders remains and continues to stir up inflammation. This is what can lead to chronic illnesses and sometimes autoimmune diseases.
In essence, LDI is like rehab for your immune system. It restores balance within the immune system and reduces inflammation caused by pathogens (such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi).
Because the dose is so low, most patients do not experience substantial side effects. And like LDA therapy, LDI treatment is performed sublingually (doses are placed under the tongue) and given less frequently than conventional methods.
Specifically, LDI can help with inflammatory or autoimmune conditions, such as:
As patients continue treatment and receive more doses, their relief will typically last longer and longer. Often by the 4th or 5th treatment, patients report relief for the full seven weeks between their treatments.
If you suspect you have allergies or intolerances to things either outside or inside your body, low dose allergen (LDA) therapy or low dose immunotherapy (LDI) may help.
The path to relief starts with a simple conversation. Give our Bloomington, MN clinic a call at (952) 234-5898 or send us a message. We look forward to bringing you the autoimmune and allergy relief you so deserve!