Acupuncture and Autoimmune Syndromes
Autoimmune imbalance occurs when the immune system, which normally functions by fighting disease, turns against us and instead fights healthy tissues and cells of the body.
Conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, chronic Lyme, celiac, and multiple sclerosis are examples of autoimmune disorders we see regularly at City Acupuncture. Autoimmune symptoms vary but often include systemic inflammation, pain, and reduced function of organs and systems of the body.
How We Can Help
Acupuncture has been proven to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and boost mood.
Although autoimmune symptoms are likely to persist over time, a targeted treatment plan over an appropriate time period should significantly reduce symptoms and increase the time between flare-ups of an autoimmune condition. Our practitioners will target your individual presentation, and will offer advice on herbs, lifestyle, or nutrition designed to help manage your symptoms.
Once you have completed a course of treatment, a maintenance plan may be a great way to continue to control your symptoms with less of a time commitment.
Plans for Acute and Chronic Care
Based on our extensive clinical experience and current research, we have found that patients see the greatest reduction in autoimmune symptoms when 12 sessions are taken twice a week for six weeks.
The 12 sessions include 4 extended sessions, during which your practitioner will take extra time to assess your condition, monitor your progress, and use additional therapies such as cupping, electro acupuncture, or trigger points. Click the links to learn more about those therapies. In all cases, the specific points used in your sessions will vary according to your symptoms.
If you are coming to City Acupuncture for the first time your provider will ask some pointed questions and tweak your prescription accordingly, but ths is a good rule of thumb to keep in mind as far as how many sessions it will take to get a lasting effect from acupuncture..