Treat Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune diseases refer to a group of disorders in which the body’s own immune system becomes the enemy and attacks, alters or destroys tissues. Some of the common chronic illnesses in this category include type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, pernicious anemia, Addison’s disease, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, and myasthenia gravis.
According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), as much as 20 percent of the population is afflicted by autoimmune disorders. In modern medical science, adequate and effective treatments for these conditions are generally not available till now. Acupuncture can provide an effective alternative solution for many patients suffering from these diseases. Steve M. Drugan is a board certified acupuncturist providing treatment for these disorders to patients in Columbus, OH and surrounding communities.
How does it Work?
Many patients want to understand how acupuncture can help to treat autoimmune disorders, which do not have an effective answer in standard medical care. Oriental medicine believes that autoimmune disorders occur to some kind of imbalance within the body. Such imbalance may arise from a deficiency or excess of yin and yang that disrupts the flow of vital energy in the body.
Acupuncture treatments are specifically designed to help the body restore this balance. It focuses on treating the root of the disorder, while specifically addressing symptoms that will be unique to a patient. Acupuncture treatment will create physical responses in parts of the brain, nerve cells and the pituitary gland. The body will release hormones, proteins, and brain chemicals based on these responses, which control a variety of bodily functions.
Due to these actions, acupuncture can have an impact on the immune system. Additionally, the treatment program may include management of the autoimmune disorder through a combination of therapies. Depending on the disorder, these therapies may include moderate physical activity, herbal medications, stress relieving exercises, and nutritional support. Acupuncturist Steve Drugan receives patients from Columbus, OH and nearby areas for treatment of autoimmune disorders.
Whole Body Treatment Approach
Acupuncture will adopt a holistic or whole body treatment approach to address the autoimmune disease based on the idea of vital energy. This energy called Qi flows through meridians or pathways to nourish various body organs, provide protection against illness, and preserving general good health. When the flow of vital energy weakens or gets blocked, it can cause the disease.
During the treatment, the expert provider will insert fine, sterile needles at targeted points along the meridians so as to release any obstructions and allow the free flow of vital energy. The practitioner may combine this acupuncture therapy along with additional stress reduction, nutrition enhancement or exercise programs.
Some practitioners will also recommend tried and tested herbal supplements and remedies that are aimed at supporting health and boosting the body’s immune system. The patient should communicate with the provider about their progress and any concerns in order to optimize the treatment program. Acupuncture is widely accepted treatment approach that enables a patient to take control of their autoimmune condition.
For more information about how acupuncture and other treatments can help you, please contact Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist, Steve Drugan,B.S., L.Ac., at 614.218.6287 or click here. Taking new patients in and around Columbus, Ohio.