Frequently Asked Questions
What is an allergy?
Allergies and sensitivities are caused by an inappropriate reaction to harmless substances. The word “allergy” comes from the Greek allos, meaning “other”. It was first used in 1906 to refer to an "altered reaction" in the body's immune system.
A “true allergy” is a reaction triggered by the immune system, however there are a vast number of symptoms or conditions caused by sensitivities that may or may not involve the immune system. With reactions involving food, a large percentage of the population believe they have allergies, yet fewer than 2% actually have true allergies. In fact, many suffer from undiagnosed food sensitivities or intolerances. The majority of patients who seek the AAT treatment do not have true allergies; their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities with no immune involvement. Since there are few options for the treatment of sensitivities, other than avoidance, AAT provides a highly effective alternative. Symptoms caused by true allergies, however, also respond well to the treatment as the organs systems involved in the reaction are also addressed.
The use of the word “allergy” has become a generic term used by the public to describe allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.
What is AAT?
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) is a clinically proven treatment that is highly effective in relieving the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. It is a therapeutic approach that was developed from over 16 years of clinical research. The AAT treatment does not rely on the use of medications, herbal remedies or supplements. The treatment is safe, painless and available to all ages including infants.
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics works directly with the relationship between the major organ systems and inappropriate reactions to harmless substances. While the immune system is responsible for initiating an immune reaction in the case of true allergies, it is the health and state of the organ systems that often determines the type of symptoms that may arise. With both sensitivities and allergies, symptoms typically stem from the organ system affected. For example, one patient may have a reaction to soybean by getting rashes while another patient may react with sinus congestion, heartburn or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms in each of these cases represent a different organ system involved. By treating the organ system(s) involved in a reaction, the body is able to respond more appropriately.
During treatment, gentle pressure is used on points that correspond with the organ systems involved in a reaction. The degree of stress on the organ systems caused by an allergen or offending agent, is proportional to the degree of the negative reaction. While the stimulation is applied, a subtle representation of the offending substance is introduced to the surface of the skin. The stimulation reduces the stress on the effected organ system, allowing for a more appropriate response.
All holistic fields of medicine are aligned in their approach to treat the whole body. They share the understanding that health conditions may develop as a result of interference in proper functioning caused by various forms of stress or other factors. Reducing the stress or interference allows for optimal health. When the specific organ system is supported and stress is reduced, the whole body is able to respond more appropriately.
How does AAT work?
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) offers a unique and highly effective approach in treating the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based therapy that treats the organ systems involved in an overreaction. AAT does not treat the immune system; instead, the therapy focuses on inappropriate reactions to a harmless substance in relation to the organs systems to produce rapid, long-term results for the relief of associated symptoms. AAT merges 21st century science with 3,000-year old acupuncture and Oriental Medicine principles in offering an effective alternative in the treatment of symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities.
No herbal remedies
Safe, painless, effective, and gentle enough for infants and the elderly
What symptoms do you treat?
A sensitivity or inappropriate reaction may cause symptoms from any organ system in the body. Some systems are prone to reacting to certain families of allergies or substances, such as the respiratory system reacting to pollen. However, a substance may affect any organ system, which could cause a multitude of symptoms varying from case to case. For example, a reaction to wheat may cause hives in one person, digestive issues in another, and fatigue or wheezing or Acid Reflux in other patients. AAT addresses the specific organ systems affected by the allergen or offending substance.
Symptoms include acid reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Primarily caused by food allergens or other ingestants. IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is primarily caused by sensitivities and affects approximately 15% of the population. Common symptoms of IBS include diarrhea, constipation, and bloating and abdominal pain.
Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma, coughs, postnasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itchy, watery eyes. Reactions may be associated with pollens, dust, food, chemicals and animals (including dog and cat dander and bird feathers), air-borne substances and contactants. Symptoms associated with an allergy or sensitivity can contribute to asthma.
Skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and hives are commonly associated with the symptoms of an allergy or sensitivity. Symptoms may include red, itchy, or scaly skin rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery patches or hives. The main cause of dermatological reactions can be a reaction to food but can also be caused by plants, contactants and chemicals.
Headaches and Migraines
Often caused by reactions to food such as chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollens and chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes and vehicle fumes.
Tiredness and Fatigue
Many reactions result in lethargy and feelings of fatigue. Tiredness can also occur at certain times of the day, such as in the afternoon after eating.
Symptoms may affect multiple systems in the body, resulting in headaches, irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, fatigue, tachycardia, or inflammation. Symptoms associated with an allergy or sensitivity can contribute to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However not all cases involve allergies or sensitivities.
General Substances and Stimuli
Chemicals we come into contact with daily, such as, household cleaners, perfumes, building materials, detergents, fabric softeners, pesticides
Occupational Allergies such as latex or building materials such as paints, glues, carpets, woods or varnishes
Animals such as dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, horses, etc.
Stimuli such as changes in heat, cold, barometric pressure, humidity/dampness, and motion sickness
Common Allergens or Offending Agents
Dairy, Milk, Ice Cream, Yogurt
Perfumes, Fragrances, Paint
Dust, Dust Mites
Fish, Shell Fish
Pets, Animal Dander
Fabrics and Fabric Dyes, Upholstery
Food Additives, MSG, Etc.
Food Colors, Food Flavors
Berries and Melons
Wine, Beer, Alcohol
Jewelry & Earring Metals and Coatings
Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner
Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements
Coffee and Chocolate
How many visits will I need?
The number of sessions required depends on the number of items causing a reaction. For example, a patient who reacts to five families of substances (dairy, wheat, corn, animal dander and pollen) will require more treatments than someone who reacts to fewer families of substances. A good rule of thumb is between 1 to 3 sessions to relieve the symptoms or resolve a condition within one substance family. However, we may need to treat some preliminary substances before we can begin treating the primary offending allergen family. For example, all foods break down into vitamins, minerals, and sugars. If there is a sensitivity to any of those, they must be treated before any food.
How soon will I see results?
Many cases respond quickly to the treatment and achieve long-term results within the first few treatments. However, each case is different and some patients require additional treatment.
How long do I have to wait before I can have contact with the items that were addressed in my session?
Following a session, a patient should avoid the substance that was treated for 2 hours, if possible. Depending on the item addressed, avoidance is not always possible. It is recommended that the patient not have excessive contact with the item until the following day.
Can I have more than one treatment in a day?
Yes. Two treatments can be completed in one day. However, they must be at least 2 hours between treatments.
How long are the sessions?
The Initial Session takes approximately 60 minutes which includes an assessment and one treatment. Follow-Up Sessions take 15 to 30 minutes and include one treatment.
Do you guarantee results?
As with any medical treatment, AAT cannot guarantee results; however, the majority of our patients respond favorably to the AAT treatment on a long-term basis. We cannot guarantee that new symptoms will not develop in the future. While AAT may be highly effective in the relief of many symptoms associated with allergies or sensitivities, some cases do not respond.
I am from out-of-state. How can you help me?
We have out-of-state patients stay at a local hotel and are treated twice a day for a week. Although we can only treat one allergen family at a time, you can be treated twice in one day if there is a two-hour window between treatments. This approach is helpful for people who come from long distances.
What should I expect in my first visit?
The first visit can last 60 minutes. We either email or send you in advance the office forms you need to read and complete before your first visit. However, it is important to arrive 15 minutes prior to the Initial Session to complete additional necessary forms. After an initial consultation, you will have a detailed clinical assessment of all major symptom triggers shown on the New Patient Information Form we send to you. You will also receive a treatment on your initial visit.
Eight reasons to feel confident about choosing the St. Louis Allergy Relief Center
Our warm, caring and attentive staff welcomes you. We want your experience to be as comforting, encouraging, and reassuring as possible.
We provide a comprehensive assessment to determine the food and environmental stressors that may be triggering you or your child’s symptoms.
If you or your child is under medical care for allergies or sensitivities, we work with your medical doctors to coordinate our treatments with your western medical care. If you have chosen to seek only alternative choices, our natural treatments are very effective when used alone.
Only Missouri Licensed and National Board Certified healthcare practitioners, with advanced specialization and training in AAT, will treat you.
We are passionate about helping adults and children achieve their optimum level of health.
We know children. We are more than a wellness center offering treatments for allergies and sensitivities. We are compassionate professionals who are highly trained and know how to work with children. Half of our practice is pediatric. We have worked with hundreds of infants and small children as well as pre-teens and teenagers. We are all parents and some of us are also grandparents.
We are constantly sharpening our clinical skills through continuing advanced training and education. Thus, you are guaranteed the best, most up-to-date care available anywhere.
The treatments are painless and non-invasive. No shots. No needles. No drugs. No herbals supplements. No avoidance. Just results.
How do I prepare for my treatments?
Please do not smoke or wear perfume or fragrances prior to coming in to the clinic. This is a courtesy to other patients who may be sensitive to those substances.
Please bring any allergy tests from medical doctors to the Initial Session.
Prescription or over-the-counter medications will not affect the treatment.
Do not eat or chew gum during the treatment session.
If experiencing an acute stage of illness including an elevated temperature, you should contact the clinic to reschedule the appointment.
Do I need to stop taking any of my medications before the treatment?
No, patients do not need to stop taking medication that has been prescribed by a medical doctor without his/her authorization. You may continue taking over the counter medication to control current symptoms, as this will not affect the treatment.
Are any traditional medical allergy tests offered in the clinic?
We do not offer any conventional allergy testing. Patients are encouraged to bring in allergy tests from their physicians.
AAT does not diagnose allergies, sensitivities or intolerances. AAT does not test for allergies or sensitivities. The AAT system simply assesses what may be causing a stress to the body. AAT does not treat cases of anaphylaxis or life threatening symptoms. Strict avoidance is always advised in these cases.
AAT does not cure allergies, nor does the therapy treat the immune system. AAT is a highly effective treatment that provides long-term relief from symptoms associated with allergies or sensitivities.
How should I feel after a treatment?
Everyone is unique and reacts differently to the same allergens. Some people feel more energy. Some find instant relief. Some patients do not feel any difference right after treatment. In most cases, patients feel symptom relief within 24 hours for the allergen family treated.
Can children and infants be treated with AAT?
Yes, absolutely. AAT is safe and effective for patients of all ages. We consider it a privilege to treat children and one treatment may positively transform their health for the rest of their lives. And, we may be the only doctor that your children will love coming to!
We provide a safe environment
There is no pain (in fact, the gentle pressure on their back is so soothing many children ask us to treat their stuffed animals!)
We have toys, games, etc. for children to play with while they are being treated
Easy for parents since there are no medications or creams to deal with