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Acupuncture and Autoimmune Disorders

The immune system acts as our bodies defense mechanism against foreign invaders.  It's main purpose is to stop anything from the outside from causing harm.  It's our first line of defense against illness and disease.  While it is meant to keep us healthy, when it malfunctions it can cause disease.  Autoimmune disorders happen when the immune system starts attacking healthy tissue causing pain, inflammation, and disfunction of the body.

There are over 80 different autoimmune disorders and over 50 million Americans have been diagnosed with one.  The normal course of treatment is to lower the immune system and reduce it's effect on healthy tissue, but this becomes a balancing act because we still need our immune system to protect us from disease.

While a cure has not been found for most autoimmune disorders, the symptoms can be managed through acupuncture, healthy food choices and life style, and supplements and vitamins.

Acupuncture naturally regulates the immune system.  Acupuncture reduces inflammation and blocks pain receptors alleviating many of the symptoms that come with autoimmune disorders.  It also regulates hormones and improves sleep and energy levels.

Some of the most common autoimmune disorders are listed below

Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Lupus

Type 1 Diabetes

Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

Psoriasis

Graves' Disease

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Vasculitis

For more information on autoimmune disorders and acupuncture, please read the research articles below.