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Autoimmune Disorders are a Drag — Lupus Sufferers Helped with Acupuncture


Acupuncture Beneficial
To Lupus Sufferers

Everyone reacts differently. One person with lupus may have swollen knees and fever.  Another person may be tired all the time, suffer depression or have kidney trouble. Someone else may have rashes or unusual hair loss. Lupus can affect people of different races, ethnicities, and ages, both men and women, but lupus is most common in women between the ages of 15 and 44. Lupus has levels of severity, with mild lupus that doesn’t affect one’s life-style up to severe lupus, which can be potentially life threatening.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects multiple body systems, causing inflammation of the connective tissue.   Lupus is a chronic illness, and there are four types: discoid lupus erythematosus, drug-induced lupus erythematosus, neonatal lupus and the most common form, systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE.

Lupus causes the body to turn its immune system against itself, resulting in widespread inflammation that can affect the joints, organs, skin and blood cells. Antibodies created by the immune system are supposed to attack bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and other substances that are invading the body. However, in individuals with lupus, these antibodies attack their own bodies, causing damage to their skin, joints, muscles, nerves, and major organs.

Depending on which part of the body is attacked, lupus produces a wide range of symptoms, They range from skin disorders, (acute and chronic), including the classic butterfly rashes on the face, pain and swelling in the cheeks, redness across the skin, especially after exposure to sunlight, to swelling, pain and redness in joints and muscles, fatigue, and nerve and brain damage, including headaches, memory loss, depression and mania. Lupus can also cause blood disorders, such as low white blood cell count, which causes immune deficiency, low red blood cell count (causing anemia), low platelets that can cause bleeding and bruising, and lung, heart, kidney and liver issues.

Acupuncture offers relief from the painful symptoms involved with lupus. As lupus tends to be a chronic and relapsing disease with periods of remission that can last for years, acupuncture helps strengthen the body and reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups. While there is no established cure for lupus, regular and consistent treatment with acupuncture can greatly improve the symptoms, especially pain management and fatigue issues, as well as regulating the immune system and improving the overall quality of life!

Acupuncture can create change positive change, and, along with important dietary changes (as it is found that lupus sufferers also suffer food allergies) and exercise,  acupuncture allows patients to maintain their health and lead a more normal and active life. Lupus can be a very difficult disease to cope with, but acupuncture is a wonderful tool to use in the quest for health!

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Autoimmune Diseases – Acupuncture Effective in Their Treatment

Acupuncture Helpful in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Acupuncture Helpful in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters tissues. There are more than eighty serious chronic illnesses in this category including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain–Barré syndrome. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) twenty percent of the population suffers from autoimmune disorders. Each disease appears uncommon on an individual basis but, as a group, the disorders make up the fourth-largest cause of disability among women.

Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions including acupuncture and Oriental medicine have received much attention as successful therapies in their treatment particularly for use in providing pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms, and improving overall quality of life.
What causes Autoimmune Disease? Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one’s own body. In certain cases, however, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases which encompass a broad category of over 100 diseases in which the person’s immune system attacks his or her own tissue.

The exact mechanisms causing these changes 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 (inherited) predisposition to develop such a disorder. It is theorized that the inflammation initiated by these agents, toxic or infectious, somehow provokes in the body a “sensitization” (autoimmune reaction) in the involved tissues. As the disease develops vague symptoms start to appear, such as joint and muscle pain, general muscle weakness, possible rashes or low-grade fever, trouble concentrating, or weight loss. The following symptoms may point toward something being wrong: numbness and tingling in hands and feet, dry eyes, hair loss, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or repeated miscarriages can also be caused by an autoimmune response.

According to Oriental medicine, autoimmune disorders occur when there is imbalance within the body. Imbalance can come from an excess or deficiency of yin and yang that 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, while specifically 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 parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. It is proposed that, by these actions, acupuncture affects blood pressure, body temperature and the immune system.
Treatment is always done on an individual basis, looking carefully at history of health, all symptoms, pulse, and tongue diagnosis.