Approximately 22 million Americans are affected by autoimmune diseases, according to the Center for Disease Control, making them the third most common category of diseases in the US after cancer and heart disease. Autoimmune disorders are conditions where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy body tissue. Autoimmune diseases are often chronic, progressive, and debilitating. The most common autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroditis, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, celiac disease, and type 1diabetes. Causes of autoimmune disorders are not yet known; however, there is a possible link to genetics, viral and bacterial infections, and environmental toxins.
In conventional medicine, autoimmune disorders are treated with immunosuppressive medications, which reduce the immune system’s response. These medications may be necessary to manage the disease; however, the symptoms may not resolve completely, and they may cause various side effects, including increased risks for infection and cancer, fatigue, and digestive disorders.
Better Quality of Life and Alleviating Symptoms
- Chinese medicine can benefit people who suffer from autoimmune diseases in the following ways:
- Alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life by reducing pain, improving mobility, treating fatigue, insomnia, digestive symptoms, reducing stress, depression, and anxiety.
- Reduce the side effects of medications.
- Support the immune system.
Prevention and Management of Autoimmune Diseases
Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods is important. These foods include wheat-grass, barley-grass, omegas-3 and 6-rich foods such as flax oil and wild salmon, ginger, garlic, onions, and leafy green vegetables. Choose organic foods and avoid trans-fats, refined and processed foods, and food additives.
Proper exercise is crucial for health and healing. Meditation, tai chi, and chi gong are also beneficial for self-healing and stress management.
Reducing possible toxins in your life is also important. Tao of Wellness Detox Retreats provide our patients with a great opportunity to learn about the toxins they are exposed to in everyday life as well as receive comprehensive treatments to diminish their effects.
At Tao of Wellness, we offer numerous treatments to support your healing and wellness journey.
I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for five years. I have seen several improvements while receiving treatment from Kumiko Yamamoto. The swelling around my joints has reduced and I am able to walk better for longer distances and without pain. Emotionally, I feel a lot more peaceful and balanced. When I first began to take the pharmaceuticals, I experienced a lot of nausea and headaches. Now my body seems to be handling it with more ease, and my appetite has improved. After five years of dealing with this condition, I was losing touch with what it felt like to be healthy and functional at a normal level. Now with the support of Kumiko’s treatments and prescriptions, I feel as though I am being revived from that state and my overall vitality has increased. Kumiko has been a blessing in my life and I am truly grateful for all of the benefits I have received under her care. – Paloma F.