Acupuncture and Autoimmune Disease. Approximately 50 million Americans are living with an autoimmune disease. Lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Crohn’s disease….only a few examples, but all lifelong conditions. If you are facing one of these conditions, you know how crucial it is to have a treatment plan in place to help you manage your symptoms and live the healthiest, most active life possible.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be powerful allies in living with an autoimmune disease. They can help:
Strengthen your immune system
Relieve painful symptoms
Reduce your stress, and
Bolster your overall health.
Perhaps most importantly, you are treated as an individual and your plan is tailored specifically to your symptoms.
What is An Autoimmune Disease?
The Immune system generally acts as the body’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 the 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 that 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 symptoms may be persistent, get progressively worse, or go into remission with occasional “flare-ups,” and can range from being mild to so severe that they become disabling.
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.
What will I do?
During the initial consultation you will be asked to fill out several questionnaires regarding your symptoms and to list your major concerns and how they are affecting your life and to what degree. I will ask you questions regarding your symptoms, health and lifestyle. I will check your pulse and tongue and will conduct an exam utilizing nutritional response testing. This will allow me to gain knowledge of the health of each of your individual organs and glands, assess where Qi has become blocked or imbalanced, as well as, evaluate your overall health. The goals of the treatment plan will be to eliminate visible symptoms and signs, while addressing the root causes and underlying imbalances affecting the quality and quantity of Qi, which directly effects your health.
If you are looking for a natural safe way to makes changes that support your body’s natural healing process and improve organ and hormone balance, please contact me today at 240-420-8625 to set up a consult to discuss your symptoms and solution. Each person is unique and your treatment will be crafted specifically for you. I look forward to talking with you and doing my best to help you take control of your autoimmune condition.
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