Vitality - Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is actually body conditions when the immune system goes wrong.  The immune system generally acts as the body's protection against foreign invasions of foreign substances and microorganisms like bacteria and virus.  When the immune system is working properly, it can tell the difference between the body's own tissues and foreign organism; but when the immune system goes wrong, it might fail to differentiate and start attacking the body's own cells.  This attack can cause harmful inflammation and a long term chronic autoimmune condition.  There are more than 80 recognized autoimmune diseases, Lupus, Crohn's, Hashimoto's...and several others like fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatique Syndrome are also believed to have an autoimmune component.

Today, there are more than 50 million Americans living with an autoimmune condition.  Autoimmune conditions are often difficult to diagnose because their manifestation and progression can be very different from one person to another.  Some times it could affect a combination of organs and at other time it could just affect a specific part of the body.  The symptoms can be persistent or just flare up regularly or occasionally.  It could range from mild to very severe.

Although the causes of autoimmune disease are unknown, it is believed that genetic reasons could be a cause, and since women are at a much higher risk, hormones may also be a cause too.

Traditional Chinese Medicine can help autoimmune disease by treating the underlying imbalances of the body that are affecting the flow of 'Qi' (Vital energy).  We can help improve your overall health, regain balance, and smooth the flow of 'Qi' to help reduce inflammation, soothe uncomfortable symptoms, relieve side effects from medication and increase your energy levels.  We would recommend a combination of herbal formulas and acupuncture.  Acupuncture is best to unblock the flow of 'Qi' and herbs are best to support your health and boost your immune system.  We may also help to design a healthy diet to improve your nutrition, and exercise program to reduce your stress.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a very powerful tool to be incorporated into your treatment program to support and nourish your body to take control of your autoimmune condition.  We are very comfortable to work cooperatively with your western medicine practitioners to maximize your healing potential. 
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