EA came in to see me for the first time in January of 2011. Upon entering my office the grimace on her face and dull look in her eyes revealed her chronic depression even before she began to recount her story. For 20 years she had suffered from the following symptoms:
- Acid reflux and indigestion
- Weight loss
- Chest tightness and difficulty breathing
- Chronic fatigue
- Intolerance to cold or heat
- Muscle weakness
- Memory loss
- Depression and anxiety
She had been to see many doctors but none of them was able to make any sense of her collection of symptoms and they had written her off as a hypochondriac and prescribed her anti depressants. In the interview I found out that she had lived in a house infested with black mold for 10 years and I was able to detect high levels of mold in her lungs producing mycotoxins that were damaging her brain and peripheral nerves.
I prescribed her a Chinese herbal formula with Curcuma longa, Lycium fruit, Artemesia annua, Houtuynia cordata, Stemona sessilifolia, and other herbs to eliminate the mold and neutralize and clear the mycotoxins out of her nervous system and within a month the muscle weakness had reduced to the point that she could walk five blocks up hill where in the past she could not walk uphill at all. In addition to this, her fatigue and depression disappeared, the chest tightness relaxed, her breathing deepened, the acid reflux, nausea, and belching dissipated, and she felt more resistant to temperature fluctuations and cold breezes.
EA continued to make progress until a few weeks later when she returned to the old house where she had been exposed to the black mold, which she still owned and wanted to renovate in order to rent it out. After spending only a few hours in her former house she felt extreme pressure in her chest, difficulty breathing, flu like symptoms, and nausea.
When she came in for a consultation she was anxious and depressed about her symptoms coming back with such force after she had been feeling good for several weeks but I reassured her that her relapse was caused by her immune system’s memory to the chronic mold exposure being triggered by entering her former house and inhaling mold antigens. I found that the immune reaction to the acute mold exposure caused broncho-constriction and leukotriene release generating the flu like symptoms and I gave her herbs to calm her immune system and clear the mold spores from her recent exposure out of her lungs. She felt better within a few days and from then on has been free of all mold exposure symptoms as long as she stays away from moldy environments.
Due to the fact that she was exposed to the black mold in her former house for such a long time it has taken several months for her immune system to clear the memory of the mold exposure but I expect that eventually she should be able to enter a moldy environment without having a reaction.