acupuncture for autoimmune disease charleston sc west ashley sc

AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offer great hope for those who suffer from autoimmune diseases. These ancient remedies are successful at diminishing symptoms, improving stress management and helping bring your body back into balance. Examples of autoimmune diseases we have successfully treated include rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, multiple sclerosis, blood clotting conditions, immunological infertility, psoriasis, allergies, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, endometriosis and lupus, among others.

Reconnect with Your Essence

If you have an autoimmune disease, it can be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to treatment since there can be numerous factors at play, such as stress, diet, lifestyle, genetics and environmental toxins. You may feel betrayed by your body or like you’ve lost touch with yourself. Let us help you get back to feeling healthy, energized and connected to your essence.

Chinese medicine is an extremely helpful ally in the treatment of autoimmune disorders because it addresses both the root of disease and associated physical and emotional symptoms. The goals of acupuncture treatments for autoimmune conditions are to clear heat (inflammation), move stagnation, nourish yin (calm your nervous system), alleviate pain, and regulate the immune system. We always look at your specific pattern of imbalance to create your personalized treatment plan.

Acupuncture affects your nervous system and how it responds, and your immune response is dependent on your nervous system and its integrity.  Acupuncture helps calm what is overactive in your body and boost what is deficient. When describing autoimmune disorders, it is said that your body is attacking itself. With acupuncture, we are able to guide your body out of the sympathetic or “fight or flight” mode and into a parasympathetic state of “rest and digest” that allows for healing.

Lifestyle, diet and stress play significant roles in the presentation of symptoms within autoimmune disease.  We support you in identifying and reducing stressors, aggravating foods and other contributing factors while incorporating mindfulness, restorative activities, helpful herbs or supplements, and healthy, delicious meals into your daily life.  Given optimal health, autoimmune disorders can become dormant or even cease to exist for you.

If you are taking immunosuppressant drugs, acupuncture becomes an important adjunctive therapy to encourage healthy functioning of your immune system in the long-term. Acupuncture and herbal medicine also promote restful nights, which are essential for maintaining and restoring good health. Studies have shown that lack of sleep increases pro-inflammatory processes that result in pain and inflammation, the major symptoms of autoimmune disorders.