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A group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters tissues, there are more than 80 serious chronic illnesses in the category of autoimmune disorders including lupus, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, and type 1 diabetes.  Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions have received much attention as successful therapies in their treatment. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are specifically noted for use in pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms and improving overall quality of life.

Multiple Sclerosis:  This is a progressive disease wherein the immune system mistakenly attacks the protective wrapper on nerve cells, known as myelin. As the damage accumulates, the brain and body communicate less well. Individuals may experience symptoms that include a loss of coordination, muscle weakness, numbness and tingling, dizziness, blurred vision, and paralysis. Oriental medicine may help restore balance, and reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups.  

Lupus:  Lupus involves an overactive immune system that fights unnecessarily and can injure the skin, joints, organs (heart, kidneys, and lungs), and the brain.  Symptoms may include red facial rashes, sore joints, upper abdominal pain when breathing deeply, severe chronic fatigue, memory problems, and scalp hair loss.  Combined with exercise and stress reduction, acupuncture and Oriental medicine modalities can work double-duty towards improving your overall health and reducing the likelihood of a lupus outbreak.

Celiac Disease:
  In patients with celiac disease, the small intestine becomes damaged and cannot absorb nutrients efficiently.  Celiac disease may also cause fatigue, bone disorders, fertility problems and skin rashes.

Treatment  of celiac disease typically revolves around  symptom management and dietary changes.  Any products known to contain gluten (bread, pasta, processed foods, vitamins, and even cosmetics) may trigger symptoms and should be avoided.

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Contact a practitioner today to find out more about how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can safely and effectively be integrated into your wellness plan!


*Some content included in this article was provided by contributing writer Trina Lion L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

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