Autoimmune disorders are diseases in which the immune system attacks its own body. There are over seventy-five chronic illnesses in this category including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, and multiple sclerosis.
Popular Types of Autoimmune Disorders:
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS – is a condition in which the immune cells attack and inflame the tissue surrounding the joints. The incidence in females is higher than for men in younger individuals, but the difference is less after age 50. Symptoms are of inflamed and/or deformed joints, loss of strength, swelling and pain.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS – is a disease of the central nervous system that often first appears between the ages of 25 and 40. MS. is a leading cause of disability among young adults.
It causes scarring of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve fibers. Symptoms include numbness, weakness, tingling or paralysis in one or more limbs, impaired vision and eye pain, tremors and lack of coordination.
Is a condition in which the immune system destroys the thyroid gland.Women suffer from this disorder 30x more than men. Symptoms include low levels of thyroid hormone causing low energy with mental and physical slow down, feeling cold and weight gain.
It affects approximately 1% of the U.S. population. Patients with Graves’ disease produce an excessive amount of thyroid hormone. Symptoms include weight loss, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, nervousness and sweating.
Symptoms include scar tissue in the skin, internal organs, skin ulcers on the fingers, joint stiffness in the hands and pain.
Symptoms include gradual muscle weakness: weakness in the face, eyes, mouth, throat, drooping eyelids, difficulty breathing, chewing, and swallowing.
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
Inflammatory bowel disease includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, abdominal pain, general fatigue. joint pains, and skin lesions.
An inability to secrete saliva and tears. It predominantly occurs in women often around the menopausal years. Symptoms include dryness of the eyes and mouth, swollen neck glands, difficulty swallowing, unusual tastes, thirst, tongue ulcers, and dental caries occurring from the lack of saliva.
SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS (SLE)
SLE may affect any organ system. It will produce inflammation. Half of the population will develop a classic “butterfly” rash on the nose and cheeks. Raynaud’s may occur in some of the affected individuals with cold hands and feet. Other symptoms include fever, weight loss, hair loss, malaise, fatigue, and brain disorders. Exposure to UV light can increase symptoms.
According to Asian medicine, autoimmune disorders happen when there is an imbalance within the body. Imbalance can come from an excess or deficiency of the flow of Qi, or vital energy, through the body.
Research shows that acupuncture causes physical responses in nerve cells and parts of the brain. These responses affect blood pressure, body temperature, and the immune system.
Your treatment may involve other therapies including stress-reducing exercises, moderate activity, herbal medicine and nutritional support.
Acupuncture and herbs can:
- Bolster your body’s immune system
- Increase energy
- Decrease stress
- Improve sleep
- Decrease inflammation
- Improve your overall health
If you suffer from lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or any of the other very difficult auto-immune disorders, then you need to contact us today.