An Alternative Allergy Treatment

By Heather Legg

Some alternative practitioners like chiropractors are using a new machine called the BAX -3000 to treat allergies. “The BAX-3000 uses a laser to stimulate a patient’s nervous system,” says Dr. micah T. Richeson at Cypress Creek Chiropractic in Wesley Chapel, “and that gives the body energy to change its response to an allergy.”

Some patients are open to this, some are skeptical. It uses lasers to target the certain pinpoints on the body to reprogram the body to change its reactions to allergens.

This is not unlike NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique, see www.naet.com), which uses acupressure as part of the technique to reset the body. My practitioner explained it like resetting the magnetic strip on a credit card.

The good thing about these techniques (and I am a firm believe in NAET) is that there is no injection, painful skin test, pricks or medicine with side effects and necessary time to kick in.

On the down side, insurance rarely covers alternative techniques, a reputable practitioner may be difficult to find and it can get expensive.

In an article on www.tampabay.com, one patient cites her story,

Jeannie Poe, 53, of Dunedin said she has had 50 treatments at the clinic in Oldsmar. Before she began treatment, Poe said, she was getting allergy shots twice a week to treat mold, grass and pollen allergies.

Since she started using the BAX-3000 last year, Poe said, she no longer needs shots.

“I went in for a couple treatments and saw immediate relief,” she said. “The quality of my life has improved 100 percent. I can walk outside without getting short of breath.”

But here is the comment from a spokeswoman from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in Washington D.C., Angela Waldron:  When asked about the BAX-3000, she said this:

“Although the BAX-3000 may prove helpful to some patients, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is unable to recommend it at this time, as it is an unproven method of allergy treatment.”

Who knows why these treatments may work for some and not others. It may be scary doing something medical that isn’t “approved” but then again, these are virtually harmless treatments and can only provide benefits. Perhaps it has to do with certain body chemistry or how open one is to alternative treatments. But it may be worth a try if your allergies are impairing your general well being and daily life. Just make sure you go to a reputable practitioner, check references and licensing. If nothing else, it’s good to know your options.

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debra swank:

In the second paragraph of the above page entitled “An Alternative Allergy Treatment,” there is a typographical error re: the word “sues”. I imagine the intended word is “uses”.

August 23rd, 2011 | 7:48 am
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