Autoimmune disorders affect many individuals, posing daily physical and emotional challenges, sometimes to the point of disability. The spectrum of autoimmune disorders ranges from mild to severe. Examples of autoimmune diseases we have successfully treated include rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, multiple sclerosis, blood clotting conditions, immunological infertility, allergies, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, endometriosis and lupus, among others.
How Acupuncture Helps
As a holistic medicine, Chinese medicine is a very helpful ally in the treatment of autoimmune disorders because it addresses both the root of disease and the associated physical and emotional symptoms. The goal of acupuncture treatments is to bring the body back into balance, alleviate pain, and regulate the immune system. We always look at the pattern of imbalance which is presenting in the individual and create our treatment plan accordingly. This typically involves looking to see where heat (inflammation) is occurring in the body, moving any blood stagnation (which causes pain), and nourishing deficient yin.
For those on immunosuppressant drugs, acupuncture becomes an important adjunctive therapy to encourage healthy functioning of the immune system in the long-term. Acupuncture and herbal medicine also promote restful nights, which is essential for maintaining and restoring good health. Studies have shown that lack of sleep increases pro-inflammatory processes of the body that cause pain and inflammation, the major symptoms of autoimmune disorders.