Autoimmune Disease

Lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Crohn’s disease etc… They are all types of autoimmune disease and they are all lifelong conditions.

Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one’s own body. In certain cases, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases which encompass lots of diseases in which the person’s immune system attacks your own tissue.

 

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How Acupuncture can help Autoimmune Disease?

Acupuncture and Traditional Eastern Medicine (TEM) can be powerful allies when living with an autoimmune disease.  They can help strengthen your immune system, relieve painful symptoms, reduce your stress, and support your overall health.

Perhaps most importantly, We will focus on YOU as an individual.  Your care will be tailored to your specific needs and symptoms.

When the immune response goes wrong to you need to understand autoimmune disease. we must first understand how the immune system works.  The immune system generally acts as the boy’s protection against foreign substances and microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses. When the immune system is working properly, it can tell the difference between the body’s own tissues and outside organisms.

In the case of autoimmune diseases the immune system stops being able to differentiate, and begins to attack the body’s own cells, tissues, and organs.  This immune response causes harmful inflammation that eventually leads to an autoimmune condition.  There are about 80 recognized autoimmune diseases, and several other conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia are currently believed to have an autoimmune component.

Autoimmune conditions are often difficult to diagnose and treat because their symptoms and progression can vary from person to person.  These conditions may either affect many organs or target one specific part of the body.  

The exact causes of autoimmune diseases are unknown, but since many conditions run in families, it’s believed there is a genetic relationship.  Since women are at a much higher risk for many autoimmune diseases, hormones may also play a part.

Treatment generally rely upon a variety of medications, which can help to relieve symptoms, but may have uncomfortable side effects.

 

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Acupuncture and TEM take a holistic, or whole  body approach to healing based on the concept of Qi, the vital energy.  Qi flows through pathways called meridians to nourish all of the body’s organs, protect us from illness and keep us healthy.  Then the flow of Qi becomes diminished or blocked, disease can result.

The goal of treatment will be to find and treat the underlying imbalances that are affecting the flow of Qi.  By addressing the root cause of the disease, TEM can help your body regain balance and help improve your overall health.  Acupuncture and TEM can also help reduce inflammation, soothe uncomfortable symptoms, relieve side effects from medication, and increase your energy levels.

During treatment, fine, sterile needles will be inserted at specific points along the meridian pathways in order to unblock any obstruction and allow Qi to flow freely.  We may also help improve your nutrition, reduce your stress, or start you on an exercise program.

In addition, We may recommend herbal medicine and supplements to support your health and boost your immune system.  It’s important to communicate with all of your health providers in order to maximize your healing potential.

Acupuncture and TEM have proven effective against a wide variety of health concerns.  By incorporating these powerful tools into your treatment program, you’re making the decision to support and nourish your body and take control of your autoimmune condition.