Acupuncture for Immune Deficiencies
There are more than 80 chronic immune related illnesses including type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and lupus.
Autoimmune diseases are defined as the immune system mistakenly attacking its own body tissues. Immune deficiency is more common than most people think. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, around 20% of the population suffers from some sort of autoimmune disorder.
Symptoms can vary depending on the specific disease but commons symptoms include chronic fatigue, abdominal pain, joint pain, muscle weakness, weight loss, and dry eyes.
Autoimmune diseases are considered chronic illnesses with no known cure and aren’t easily treated. However, there are natural therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary practices and lifestyle modifications that can help reduce and ease symptoms.
Immune deficiencies display signs and symptoms that can be identified, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as an abnormal pattern of Qi flow or body function. Such an abnormal pattern can be referred to as an imbalance in the body’s natural ability to regulate itself and heal.
Acupuncture works by regulating Qi flow and stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal. By using specific acupuncture points on the body, the treatment aims to release any blockages and return the body back to its natural state of balance.
Many patients often describe sensations felt during acupuncture treatment as feelings of something flowing, tingling, moving and becoming unblocked.
Research has shown that acupuncture can affect the release of hormones and natural chemicals produced by the body, which can affect blood pressure and influence the immune system.
Although there is no cure, immune deficiencies often can be managed to offer a better quality of life. Acupuncture has also been shown to help boost mood and lower stress and anxiety, which can be triggers for increased symptoms.
If you think you may have an autoimmune disease and are not getting a diagnosis, don’t give up. Immune deficiencies can prove difficult to diagnose because of the wide range of symptoms. It may take multiple doctors to get the diagnosis right.
What’s great about Acupuncture is that it is a safe, natural and non-invasive treatment option that can decrease symptoms and improve overall well being.