Acupuncture For Autoimmune Disease

The immune system plays an important role in our body. It is essentially made up of a complex network of cells and proteins that protect us from harmful substances, germs, and cells that can make us sick. Ultimately, the immune system function as a defense mechanism, which enables us to remain healthy. 

But individuals with an autoimmune disease have a completely different experience. An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your body mistakenly attacks itself. When this happens, the immune system releases something called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells. As a result, people with autoimmune disease often feel symptoms such as fatigue, achy muscles, swelling and redness, and more.

Acupuncture for Autoimmune Disease

Living with an autoimmune disease can cause great discomfort and pain for individuals. Unfortunately, this doesn't just interfere with daily activities but reduces the quality of life. 

While western medicine has certainly advanced over the years, these medications do not always provide sufficient support to manage and treat symptoms. Not only that, but many people prefer a treatment option that does not require long-term prescription medicine. This is because prescription medicines are often worse than the disease itself when taken for long periods. So what can be done?

Individuals living with an autoimmune disease are turning to alternative treatment options such as acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine-based approach to treating a variety of health conditions including those with autoimmune diseases. The symptoms associated with an autoimmune disease can be uncomfortable, but acupuncture has made it possible for individuals to better manage their symptoms while getting to the root of the problem through holistic therapy. 

How can acupuncture benefit my autoimmune disease?

Acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms associated with autoimmune diseases such as:

  • Lupus

  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis 

  • Crohn's disease

  • Celiac Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis 

Acupuncture aims to take a personalized approach to chronic diseases. It is believed that autoimmune diseases are a result of a deficiency in the immune system response. Essentially, acupuncture functions as a way to restore balance and regulate the immune system to improve the immune response. 

This is done by using needles that are inserted into your body's pressure points, which stimulate the nerves and portions of the brain. With routine acupuncture treatments, individuals can potentially train their brains and cells to perform as intended. 

That's not all. Electroacupuncture, which is a modified form of acupuncture, uses two needles to stimulate the body by passing a mild current through them. This can trigger the body to produce hormones and suppress inflammation. This ultimately helps raise endorphins circulating in the bloodstream, which is the body's natural painkiller.

Studies also show that stress is linked to autoimmune diseases. But it doesn't just exasperate symptoms, it can also create an autoimmune disease in otherwise healthy individuals. For this reason, it's important that individuals can actively manage their stress to combat their symptoms and live a more comfortable life.

Acupuncture is one of the best holistic alternative treatments for stress management. Not only are acupuncture treatments relaxing for most patients, but acupuncture treatments help to reduce excess cortisol, which is known to increase stress levels.  

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Get Treated Today at MFW Acupuncture Clinic

At MFW Acupuncture Clinic, we pride ourselves on offering patients pain-relieving treatments that help them get back to the things they love most. We know that living with an autoimmune disease can make you feel tired and held back.

But we're dedicated to crafting a personalized treatment plan that addresses your pain points no matter how mild or severe your symptoms are. If you're living with an autoimmune disease and ready to give acupuncture a try, contact us or schedule an appointment today.

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