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Acupuncture and Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in   which the immune system attacks the body. The immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that are meant to protect us. The exact mechanisms causing the confusion are not completely understood, but bacteria, viruses, toxins and some drugs may play a role in triggering an autoimmune process in someone who already has a genetic predisposition to develop such a disorder. There are more than eighty serious chronic illnesses in this category, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hasimoto’s disease (thyroid disease), pernicious anemia, type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, myasthenia gravis and many more. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), 20% of the population suffers from autoimmune disorders. As the disease starts to develop, vague symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, general muscle weakness, rashes or low-grade fever may occur. The following symptoms may point toward something being wrong: numbness and tingling in hands and feet, dry eyes, hair loss, shortness of breath, or heart palpitations.

Integrative medicine and acupuncture have received much attention as successful therapies in the treatment of autoimmune disorders. Focus has been given on acupuncture’s ability to provide pain relief, regulate the immune system, manage symptoms and improve the overall quality of life. Acupuncture improves the body’s healthy functioning and can even prevent flare-ups from occurring. According to Chinese Medicine autoimmune disorders occur when there is an imbalance within the body. Acupuncture is used to help the body restore balance by treating the root of the disorder and addressing the symptoms that are unique to each individual. Clinical research has shown that acupuncture causes physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland and part of the brain. Acupuncture even affects blood pressure and body temperature.

If you or someone you know suffers from an autoimmune disorder, acupuncture may be able to provide relief and offer a healthy way to manage the symptoms of the condition.