What is Autoimmune disease?
Autoimmune diseases are when our immune system mistakenly attacks us. We have found that acupuncture can often help.
The most common Autoimmune diseases
Diabetes (type 1)
Grave’s disease (overactive thyroid)
Immflamatory bowel disease
There are about 80 types of Autoimmune disease and many have similar symptoms. It is possible to have more than one at the same time.
What it does to us
Our immune system attacks one bit of us, like the small intestine in Crohne’s disease, or all over. The attacks can come and go for no obvious reason.
Who gets Autoimmune Diseases
Anyone can. They can start in childhood, or often when we are adults. They often run in the family. 75% of those affected are women. It can also be started or made worse by things like bacteria, a virus, chemicals, environmental irritants, or drugs. The drugs can have a lot of side effects, and affect you long term.
Visiting Your Doctor
Your doctor might have struggled to diagnose you. There are no easy tests for some autoimmune diseases. Doctors also struggle to treat or cure most of them. Your doctor will try and help your symptoms with drugs.
Acupuncture for Autoimmune diseases
In our Acupuncture clinic in Guildford, Surrey, England, we have found Autoimmune diseases to often be helped a lot by acupuncture. Acupuncture seems to help body to stop fighting itself. Acupuncture also seems to help our immune system re-balance if it is too high or too low.
Immune Systems Out of Balance
Our Immune system are affected by everything we do, eg stress, poor sleep, over or under-exercising, or how we work. Low activity or immune deficiency decreases the body’s ability to fight infections. Over activity can lead to body attacking and damaging it’s own healthy tissue. This is where acupuncture plus lifestyle changes can really help.
Diet and Lifestyle
We often give advice about diet and life style and dietary advice and find this can really help. For example, giving up all grains helps a lot of people, sometimes dramatically, as can giving up gluten, sugar and dairy produce.