Autoimmunity

When the body goes into an autoimmune state there is a fight between the body’s normal repair processes and the body’s regulatory centers. As tissues are damaged in most autoimmune disorders, including diabetes, Sjogren, and Lupus, the ability to respond in time to repair the damage is often interrupted by out-of-control inflammation.

A combination of herbs and acupuncture is helpful to balance the immune response. The prescriptions for acupuncture and herbal formulae change regularly since there is a swing between the inflammatory or flare state and the homeostatic state. Herbs to reduce inflammation have shown evidence in trials of decreasing inflammation without side effects.

In some cases, herbals have also been shown to improve markers for auto-immunity as evidenced by labs taken before, during, and after administration of herbs. A treatment plan is designed that addresses not only the type of autoimmune disorder, but also specific signs and symptoms.

This is an area that does require medical supervision, however, and intervention with acupuncture and herbs should be used to help slow progress and reduce damage to tissues. Being followed by a physician is critical since auto-immune disorders are so unpredictable and affect so many systems of the body. When treating any autoimmune problem, whether in the early or later stages, Michelle will ask to see regular bloodwork. The types of labs needed depend upon the system of the body affected, i.e. thyroid markers are important for Hashimoto or low thyroid.

An interview to go over specific health history, and symptoms, is required in order to determine if Asian medicine is a good fit. Michelle also recommends bringing any recent and past lab results to your first appointment for review.