How do you test for diseases?

testsWe use only necessary tests

We believe that each and every patient is unique and deserves individualized approach. In Europe doctors use tests to confirm diagnosis, not to guess one. While there are situations when test are necessary, functional assessment is still a canon of clinical diagnosis.

That is why our practitioners and medical staff listens to your history and pays attention to every detail on medical exam. Only then doctor decides on tests. It happens that sometimes doctors in our Institute just know what’s the diagnosis – and then no tests are needed!

Chinese Medicine functional tests

  1. Energy balancing
  2. Skin rebound test
  3. Iris diagnostics and pulse diagnostics

As you would guess ancient medicine did not have MRI or Elisa blood tests. Yet the clinical diagnostics was superb. Unfortunately only few gifted practitioners carry on with these skills.

So our patients get shocked. How come doctor simply tells them everything about their diseases without seeing any test results? We hear a lot: “oh my god! How could you know? Yes that is exactly what X-ray showed…”

We combine best tests from traditional and alternative medicines.

When needed we have  safe and non-invasive techniques and tests. That allows our patients to identify specific food allergies and protein intolerance. We use food patch testing and direct prick methods.

There are multiple ways food and environment can cause problems – small immune proteins that circulate in blood and can be tested with pricks or in blood. We contract with special laboratories that test for heavy metals, metabolism, hormones, food IgG panels, gut probiotics and fungal testing, digestive panels for food intolerance etc.

Testing to diagnose asthma and lung problems includes but not limited to pulmonary function pfttesting, exercise challenge and other endurance measurement techniques.

We also specialize in stress-related speech/breathing problems (Vocal Cord Dysfunction) and upper airway diagnostics.

If you are scheduled to have a specific test during appointment please check your test info below for instructions.


Drug Test / Desensitization

Drug Test / Desensitization

All medicines have potential to develop allergic reactions. It can happen in the childhood or any time of life. Some of the reactions are mild, but they can be deadly (anaphylaxis).

We can help you and your physician to determine if you had a serious allergic reactions to specific medication. We do skin testing to antibiotics, all anesthetics (such as Lidocaine). In some cases we recommend to take a small amount of suspected medicine under observation in our office.

What if you really need to take some medication (such as antibiotic) that you had really bad reaction to in the past? There is a solution! Special protocol is available for many medicines to be safely given back under Allergist’s careful observation. Tell your physician about such opportunity.

Aspirin sensitivity can lead to serious asthma and nasal polyps. We successfully give aspirin back using specific protocol. Talk to your doctor if you have allergy to Aspirin.

Exercise Challenge Test

Exercise Challenge Test

If you have breathing problems triggered by exercise (running, competitive sports, jogging etc.) you may have a condition called Exercise-induced Asthma. Please come dressed in sport clothes for this testing.

We will ask you to perform PFT and then walk and run on trammel. We will check your blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen during testing. Immediately after the test and 10 minutes later we will do PFT again. All testing is directly supervised and reviewed by your doctor.

You will have final results available the same day!

Patch Test

Patch Test

Daily we use products made of chemicals – some of them potentially allergenic. They cause rashes, red swollen skin, peeling of the skin and itch.

If you developed skin rash and Doctor determined it is likely caused by contact sensitivity we will use test that involves patching small flexible panels containing multiple chemicals to your back.

As contact skin sensitivity develops over time – test also takes some time. We will ask you to come back in 48 and 72 hours after we placed it on. This is the only way to prove if you might be allergic to some metal, beauty product, soap, cream, hair dye, latex etc.

Same test (only different chemicals, mostly metals) is used to identify dental materials that you might be allergic to.

Skin Test

Skin Test

This is ‘golden standard’ allergy testing. We prefer skin test to any other available laboratory tests, but sometimes it is necessary to do blood test as well. Your doctor will discuss your options during appointment. We usually test children older then 6 month in the presence of at least one parent. There is no age limit for adults. We limit test panels to 30 for kids and to 74 for adults, during the spring we may not perform any testing due to high pollen (or limit to 1/2 of usual size).

Standard skin prick test is done by simple scratching of the surface of your skin by small plastic device. If the test is positive you will develop minor local itching, area of redness and skin bump – we measure skin changes to know how significant your allergy is. We use almost painless plastic prick devices, for kids we use multi-pricks (up to 8 tests at one time!) All test takes about 45 minutes. We stop uncomfortable itching with Benadryl spray and antihistamine tablets. You do not need to lay down – instead you can sit comfortably and read favorite book.
For kids we have DVDs, toys and books that distract from the test, and then – nice toys from a treasure chest and juice-only organic lolly-pops – only nice things to remember and NO tears!

If you likely to be tested you cannot take certain medications for 5 days ANY anti-allergy pills or syrup
 Diphenhydramine (Benadryl and Generics);
 Bhlorpheniramine (Chlor-trimeton and Cold Medicines);
 Brompheniramine (Dimetane and Generics);
 Loratidine (Claritin) Desloratidine (Clarinex);
 Fexofenadine (Allegra);
 Azelastin HCl (Astelin);
 Cetirizine (Zyrtec), Levocetirizine (Xyzal);

You should continue taking asthma medications, nasal sprays and any other medication prescribed for other health conditions. Please tell us if you are taking oral or shot steroids of any kind.

Food Testing / Food Challenge

Food Testing / Food Challenge

If you or your child have allergy to foods you will need skin test first. Skin test is a simple procedure that give best answers – if you are positive that means you ARE allergic.

If skin test is negative we can perform direct food challenge. Under direct supervision of the doctor we give tiny portions to the food with time intervals and check for possible reaction. If we notice any signs of allergy we stop the test and treat the symptoms.

If you passed the test – your allergy is gone and you can eat this food safely!

We also perform Direct Prick Test which means we will ask you to bring the food you believe caused the problem and we prick test you to this food.




Rhinoscope is a great instrument that allows Doctor to see your sinuses, adenoids and even vocal cords without radiation and hospital anesthesia. We use topical spray which opens nasal passages and eliminates pain sensation. Rhinoscope is a flexible thin cord (about 4mm in diameter) with tiny camera at the tip – your Doctor can see if there is some infection, foreign body, polyp or large adenoid blocking your airway and causing the problem. Within minutes your Doctor can tell you if your vocal cords are functioning right and what exactly is going on inside your nose and throat.

All procedure takes about 30 min, you should avoid drinking and eating for 30 min after while local anesthesia is wearing off.

Disclaimer: Information is intended strictly for educational purposes and is not to be used for self-treatment or diagnostics. All descriptions are derived from common knowledge sources such as Wikipedia, Herbology textbooks and other open medical sources of herbal medicine.