Alternative and complementary treatment for food allergy

Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2012 Feb;32(1):135-50. doi: 10.1016/j.iac.2011.11.001. Epub 2011 Dec 17.


Despite increased consumer interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the treatment of food allergy, there remains a relative paucity of knowledge regarding the clinical efficacy, mechanisms of action, and safety of most CAM treatments available to consumers. This article focuses on recent advances in CAM for food allergy, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, probiotics, and alternative approaches to allergen immunotherapy. The mechanism of action of several novel approaches to treatment of food allergy is reviewed, but FAHF-2 is the only investigational herbal formulation currently validated for use in human clinical trials.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods
  • Complementary Therapies / adverse effects
  • Complementary Therapies / methods*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / therapy*
  • Herbal Medicine / methods
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy / methods
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / methods
  • Probiotics / therapeutic use