Allergy represents an “inappropriate” immune response to a generally harmless substance. It is a problem that is increasing in modern societies. Besides the typical allergic conditions like asthma, eczema, and hives, allergy may be involved in headache, bowel problems, and even urinary symptoms.
At Bock Integrative Medicine, we try to determine not only what the person is reacting to, but also why the immune system is misbehaving in the first place. Before resorting to medication, we can often treat with natural or nutritional approaches.
Desensitization is a way to train the immune system not to react allergically. Instead of the weekly allergy shots performed by allergists, we employ cutting-edge techniques such as sublingual immunotherapy (drops under the tongue) or low-dose allergen therapy (shots given 3-4 times per year).