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Autoimmune disorders are conditions that are caused by an immune response that causes the body to react against against the body’s own tissues. This can result in the destruction of one or more types of body tissues, abnormal growth of an organ, or to changes in organ function. The disorder may affect only one organ or tissue type or it may affect many organs and many different types of body tissues at once.

Organs and tissues commonly affected by autoimmune disorders include blood red blood cells, blood vessels, connective tissues, endocrine glands such as the thyroid or pancreas, muscles, joints, and skin.

There are many different types of autoimmune disorders but the most common are Hashimoto’s disease, pernicious anemia, Addison’s disease. Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Grave’s disease and Celiac disease.

Autoimmune Symptoms Differ For Each Individual

Symptoms experienced by an individual might depend on the type of contracted immune disorder. For instance. those who have Grave’s disease may experience swelling of the thyroid tissues and those who develop Lupus might experience thickening of the skin and joint pain.

However,despite the need for a distinction between the different disorders, an immune disorder can be defined as the failure of the body’s own defense mechanism to recognize its own tissues.

The mechanisms that cause this are not known. One theory holds that various microorganisms and drugs may trigger some of these changes, particularly in people with a genetic predisposition to an autoimmune disorder.

Naturopathic Support for AutoImmune Conditions

Naturopathic medicine cannot help cure any autoimmune condition but supportive naturopathic treatments can help the sufferer cope with the discomfort of many of these diseases. Acupuncture, homeopathic remedies and changes to diet and lifestyle might also be recommended to help deal with the inflammation and pain associated with an autoimmune disease.

However, naturopathic therapies and regimens that encourage the immune system to be more active may not be recommended. The prognosis depends on the individual and also the type of autoimmune disorder the individual has contracted and the type of lifestyle changes that It should be noted that usually the side effects of the medications prescribed for these disorders are quite severe.

Naturopathic services provided at the Pinewood Natural Health clinic for autoimmune disorders include acupuncture, herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies and dietary counseling and homeopathy. Our integrated practice also has a special focus on anti-aging therapies, weight loss, therapeutic massage and cancer support. Feel free to contact us online You can also call us at our Toronto Clinic at (416) 556-8100 or at the Pickering Clinic (905) 427-0057.


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