Traditional Chinese Medicine has been shown to help those who suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. It has been reported that more than 50 million Americans are suffering from some form of autoimmune disease.
An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. Common conditions can be rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis and crohn’s disease. The treatment of autoimmune disorders can be quite complex. Traditional Chinese Medicine, including Acupuncture and Chinese herbals have shown to be quite helpful for patients.
What causes autoimmune diseases?
According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, autoimmune diseases and associated disorders occur when there is imbalance within the body. When the systems of the human body are ‘in balance’, and under normal conditions, the immune response of the human body is not triggered to work in negative ways against the cells of the person’s own body.
But in cases where a person’s immune system ends up being out of balance, and fails in some way, then the person’s immune system can attack the very cells that it’s meant to protect. This process and breaking down of the immune system can lead to a variety of more than 100 different/but similar autoimmune diseases.
Even the most astute scientists who study the body do not exactly understand the exact physical/body mechanisms that cause these changes. Scientists have a lot of information, but the process is still not completely understood. But the result is that bacteria, viruses, toxins, and some drugs may all play a role in triggering an autoimmune response for an individual who already has a genetic (inherited) predisposition to develop such a disorder.
Traditional Chinese Medicine principles and autoimmune disease
Traditional Chinese Medicine methodology, and principles, reference that a body imbalance can come from an excess, or deficiency, of yin and yang energy which disrupts the flow of “qi”, or vital energy, through the body. Acupuncture is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder. Acupuncture treatments can be tailored for the individual to specifically address their unique symptoms.
Clinical research has shown that Acupuncture causes physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. These responses cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control and effect a large number of body functions. By these actions, Acupuncture can affect blood pressure, body temperature and the entire immune system.
In addition to Acupuncture, a treatment program to manage autoimmune disorder may involve a combination of therapies including stress reducing exercises, moderate physical activity, Traditional Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional support and bodywork.