According to the National Institutes for Health (NIH), nearly 4% of the world’s population is affected by one of more than 80 different autoimmune diseases that affect between 5% and 8% percent of the U.S. population, and the prevalence of autoimmune diseases is increasing. The Office of Research on Women’s Health at the NIH identifies autoimmunity a major women’s health issue, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) states autoimmune conditions as the fourth largest cause of disability among women in the United States.
The immune system protects the body from infection and disease; however, with autoimmune disorders, the body’s immune system mistakenly recognizes itself as an invader and attacks the organs, tissues, and cells it was meant to protect.
Acupuncture, combined with dietary, lifestyle changes and proper supplementation helps to temper the T-cells of the immune system so that they are not predisposed to fight against our own bodies and tissues. Susan will review or order labs to identify or rule out autoimmune markers and will design a treatment plan specifically to mitigate the autoimmune cascade.