Autoimmune Diseases

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What is the Immune System?

The immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body against harmful pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and other foreign invaders. It is responsible for identifying and neutralizing harmful pathogens, and it also helps to repair and regenerate damaged tissue. The immune system includes various types of white blood cells, such as T cells and B cells, as well as specialized cells and molecules that work together to protect the body. It is constantly monitoring the body for signs of infection and disease, and it can also learn to recognize and remember pathogens, so that it can respond more effectively in the future.

What is an Autoimmune Disease?

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system mistakenly attacks and damages healthy tissues in the body. This can lead to inflammation, tissue damage, and various symptoms depending on the specific disease. The exact cause of autoimmune diseases is not fully understood, but it is believed that a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors may contribute to the development of these conditions. Some examples of autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes. These diseases can be chronic, and they may require lifelong management through a combination of medications, therapies, and lifestyle changes.

Some of the most commonly known autoimmune diseases are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Lyme disease
  • ALS
  • MS
  • Celiac disease
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Vitiligo
  • Scleroderma
  • Psoriasis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Type 1 diabetes

How Does an Autoimmune Disease Start?

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system mistakenly attacks and damages healthy tissues in the body. The exact cause of autoimmune diseases is not fully understood, but it is believed that a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors may contribute to the development of these conditions.

Symptoms of autoimmune diseases can vary depending on the specific disease, but some common early symptoms include:

  • Fatigue: A feeling of exhaustion that is not relieved by rest or sleep
  • Achy muscles: Pain or discomfort in the muscles
  • Swelling and redness: Inflammation of the affected tissue
  • Low-grade fever: A slight increase in body temperature
  • Trouble concentrating: Difficulty focusing on tasks or remembering things
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet: Loss of sensation or a tingling feeling in the extremities
  • Hair loss: Thinning or loss of hair
  • Skin rashes: Irritated or discolored patches of skin

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases can help to prevent or slow down the progression of the disease and improve the quality of life for the patients.

 

How Are Autoimmune Diseases Treated?

Autoimmune diseases can be challenging to treat as the underlying cause is not fully understood and the symptoms can vary widely. However, with the right approach and treatment, patients can often achieve significant relief from symptoms and improve their quality of life.

At Ananta Health, we use a holistic approach to treating autoimmune diseases by first taking an assessment of the patient's health history, including family history and performing a BioScan SRT assessment. This assessment helps to identify any foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins that may be contributing to the autoimmune disorder.

Our course of treatment is designed to address anything foreign in the body, while regulating the immune system. We use a combination of Chinese herbs and supplements that are carefully selected to not over stimulate the immune system or work against any medication. We also recommend dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as stress management to help support the treatment.

As the patient starts to feel better and the underlying cause is treated, they can move to management or maintenance care. With autoimmune diseases, since there is no cure, it is important to continually monitor the immune system and continue to implement any lifestyle changes to help keep the symptoms under control.

At Ananta Health, we strive to provide our patients with the best possible care and treatment options for autoimmune diseases. With our holistic approach, we work to address the underlying cause of the disorder, while also providing support and guidance to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

Can Acupuncture Help Treat Autoimmune Diseases?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. It is believed to stimulate the body's natural healing response and promote balance and harmony.

Acupuncture has been found to be beneficial in the management of autoimmune diseases. It can help to regulate the immune system by reducing inflammation and promoting the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines. Acupuncture also helps to manage symptoms such as fatigue, pain, inflammation, and sleep disturbances.

In addition to its immune-regulating properties, acupuncture may also help to improve circulation, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. Acupuncture is a non-invasive and relatively safe treatment option for autoimmune diseases. It is important to work with a licensed acupuncturist who is trained in treating autoimmune disorders. They will be able to customize a treatment plan that fits the patient needs and goals.

 


 

1 © 2022 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Autoimmune Disease Defined. Retrieved on September 22nd, 2022 from https://www.aaaai.org/Tools-for-the-Public/Allergy,-Asthma-Immunology-Glossary/Autoimmune-Disease-Defined.