An autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system gets confused and attacks your own body instead of protecting it. According to the NIH over 23 million Americans suffer from some type of auto-immune disease; the American Autoimmune and Related Diseases Association puts the number closer to 50 million. Both organizations agree that the numbers are rising.
Getting a diagnosis can be frustrating and stressful. If you think you may have an autoimmune disease and are not getting a diagnosis, don’t give up. Immune deficiencies are hard to diagnose because of the wide range of symptoms. It may take seeing multiple doctors to get a correct diagnosis. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, and some have similar symptoms. Which makes it difficult for your doctor to know if you really have one of the Autoimmune diseases, and if so, which one. Often, the first symptoms are chronic fatigue, muscle aches or weakness and a low grade fever. The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause redness, pain and swelling.
Autoimmune diseases are a chronic illness with no known cure. The conventional approach to treating autoimmune disease has been to suppress your immune system to decrease the symptoms as well as the damage being caused by your confused immune system. There are a variety of medications including steroids, they can be very effective but come with the cost of significant potential side effects
A natural way to ease and reduce symptoms is Acupuncture. Acupuncture works by addressing the body as a whole. Acupuncture can affect the release of hormones, proteins and chemicals in your body, which can affect your immune system.
Although there is no cure, immune deficiencies can be managed properly to have the best quality of life possible. Acupuncture has also been shown to help boost mood and lower stress and anxiety, which can be triggers for increased symptoms. Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive treatment option that can decrease symptoms and improve overall well being.
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