Many patients come to Healthy Being Wellness Center seeking acupuncture treatment for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Crohn's Disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. These diseases can be extremely disabling and some are potentially fatal. They are classified as autoimmune disorders because they are viewed by the medical community as conditions where the body mysteriously attacks itself.
Autoimmune diseases are suspected of being caused by inflammation and destruction of tissues by the body's own antibodies. It is not known why the body should lose the ability to distinguish between substances that are "self" and those that are "non-self".
By combining acupuncture with craniosacral therapy and lymphatic drainage therapy we are able to effect energetic and physiological mobilization, fluid exchange, improved delivery of nutrients and removal of metabolic waste products in the affected areas which helps your body to heal naturally. The addition of specific herbs and supplements helps reduce the inflammation and rebuild damaged tissues without the harmful side effects of drugs.
Acupuncture is a extremely beneficial treatment for LUPUS. Reportedly clients experience 40% muscle and joint pain reduction, improved sleep and hormone balancing after as little as 3 sessions. Lupus is a chronic systematic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damage to various parts of the body. Lupus is most commonly diagnosed in women and especially among people of color, including African Americans, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans. Lupus can be mild such as discoid lupus (DLE), affecting exposed areas of the skin, and sometimes the joints, to life-threatening (systemic lupus erythematosis), affecting more organs of the body. Although the exact cause of Lupus is unknown,
Lupus seems to be caused by a malfunction in the autoimmune system. Antibodies produced by the immune system are supposed to attack bacteria, biruses, parasites, fungi and other substances that invade the body. However, in individuals with lupus, these antibodies attack their own bodies, causing damage to their skin, joints, muscles, nerves and major organs. Symptoms vary according to the severity of the illness and which organs are affected. Initial signs include arthritis, a red "butterfly" rash across the bridge of the nose and on the cheeks (in SLE), or more of a red, circular, thickened areas that leave scars (in DLE). Lupus is the Latin word for "wolf," and erythema means "redness"; the typical red skin sores are said to resemble a wolf's bite. Depending on which part of the body is attacked, lupus produces a wide range of symptoms such as:
Flaxseed has been investigated for the treatment or prevention of lupus nephritis with some promising results in preliminary animal trials. (Hall et al, 1993; Clark et al, 1995)
OMEGA FISH OIL
Supplementation with EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils) has prevented autoimmune lupus in animal research. (Kelley et al, 1985) Caution: If you do decide to try fish oil make sure you get one in which the mercury levels have been tested and they are shown to be low enough to be safe for long term consumption.
In a double-blind study, 20 grams of fish oil daily combined with a low fat diet led to improvement in 14 of 17 people with SLE in 12 weeks. (Walton et al, 1991) Smaller amounts of fish oil have led to only temporary improvement in other double blind research.
Useful Chinese herbs include ching-hao, rehmannia, moutan and chin-chiu. Ching-hao is reported to improve T-cell activities by promoting the suppressor cells (T-cells) so as to reduce the hyperactivation of the T-4 cells that promote the auto-antibody production. Chin-chiu is thought to provide a powerful anti-inflammatory action, thereby lowering the required dosage of prednisone (if it is being used). (Dharmananda, 2001)
GAMMA-LINOLENIC ACID (GLA)
Spirulina, evening primrose oil, black currant oil and borage oil are all helpful as well. They contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) can be helpful. According to Paul Pitchford these foods/oils are effective against inflammatory and auto-immune conditions. Other sources of GLA include linoleic acid-rich foods such as nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and most vegetables and fruits
Colloidal Silver may be used as an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiarthritic remedy.
Echinacea should be avoided, or used with caution.
**Be sure you are getting the proper amount for your condition by discussing these options with a professional health care provider. Note: Medicinal herbs should be taken with caution, especially if you're on prescription drugs.
If you have been diagnosed with Lupus and are located in the Tampa Bay area, please consider trying our services as a part of your treatment plan.
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