Acupuncture – An Alternative Medicine For Autoimmune Disorders

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

A healthy immune system helps defend our body from diseases and infections. But when there is a malfunctioning in the immune system, our body starts attacking its own healthy cells and tissues which leads to chronic inflammatory conditions. This phenomenon is called autoimmunity and there are more than eighty diseases classified under autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune diseases represent some of today’s most vexing diseases affecting 23.5 million Americans of which 80 percent of those are women who are mostly affected. Autoimmune disease is the most complicated and is hard to treat immune system-related disease. Most of these diseases require lifelong treatment to ease symptoms. They can wreak havoc on everyday life causing symptoms that include fatigue, brain fog, joint pains, fever, and other inflammatory responses. If you are diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and looking for an alternative approach in place to help you manage your symptoms and live the healthiest and better, Acupuncture can be one of the most powerful allies to help you heal from autoimmune diseases.

How can Acupuncture help treat Autoimmune conditions?

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine helps find the root cause of the disease and try to treat the underlying imbalances that are affecting the flow of Qi. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the inflammation caused by the autoimmunity is identified as a combination of Yin deficiency, blood stasis, and phlegm accumulation. Yin deficiency can cause dry mouth, heat, and dryness throughout the body. So, nourishing Yin can be understood as protecting healthy cells and tissues from attack or self-destruction. Reducing heat and controlling dampness can be translated as reducing symptoms such as fever and inflammation in the tissues. Dispersing blood stasis is equivalent to improving blood circulation, and nourishing the tissues with more amounts of oxygenated blood and thereby releasing anti-inflammatory factors that can soothe and ease the pains. All these concepts fall under acupuncture, which can have a powerful impact on autoimmune conditions, strengthen the body’s immune system, and regulate the body’s physiology by correcting the underlying dysfunctions.

Here is how acupuncture can help treat your autoimmune conditions:

1. Reduces inflammation

2. Strengthens immune system

3. Regulates hormones

4. Promotes blood circulation

5. Improves gut health and supports the growth of gut bacteria

6. Reduces autoimmune response by regulating auto-antibodies

7. Reduces stress and anxiety

8. Eases chronic joint and muscle pains by increasing neurotransmitter receptors.

Research has shown that acupuncture can affect the release of chemicals, proteins, and hormones that can vividly improve the physiological functions of the body. When the body receives the acupuncture needle insertion, it recognizes this act as an injury and does all it would do naturally for any injury, which includes, increase in the production of WBC and altering blood pressure. This phenomenon can hold a great boost to the immune system and improve its functioning.

Autoimmune diseases that can be treated with Acupuncture

1. Celiac disease

2. Psoriasis

3. Rheumatoid Arthritis

4. Graves Disease

5. Hashimoto Disease

6. Lupus

7. Crohn’s Disease

8. Type 1 Diabetes

Conclusion: In addition to acupuncture, regular exercise and having a nutritious diet can offer great support to your immune system and overall well being. To learn more about how acupuncture can effectively be used to treat autoimmune conditions, please contact NY FOUR SEASONS & Wellness for a consultation today. We will help you choose the best possible treatment to restore health and improve your quality of life

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