Crohns Disease

Crohns Disease
Crohns Disease

The RACM team works holistically with patients who are suffering from autoimmune disease. We use Chinese Medicine (CM) ‘patterns of disharmony’ to thoroughly assess the root cause of the disease and we provide treatment using best evidence acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and nutritional supplementation as well as Chinese Medicine diet therapy and lifestyle advice

Of particular interest to us is the link between chronic long term stress and autoimmune disease. As a result, our team often focuses on stress reduction protocols that include acupuncture, breathing techniques, and meditation, as well as Chinese Medicine herbal formulas and naturopathic supplements

Additionally, there is much research-based evidence to suggest that a dysfunction in the gut micro-biome and inflammation in the digestive tract also plays a role in the development of autoimmune disease. One of the pioneers of this research is Dr Alessio Fasano who has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles related to Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, intestinal permeability, and autoimmune disease. He has established clear links between intestinal permeability, food sensitivities, and the development of autoimmune disease.

There is significant clinical research supporting the use of acupuncture to modulate (and improve) the immune system response in autoimmune disease. Studies show decreased CRP levels in those treated with acupuncture, highlighting just how acupuncture can decrease the inflammatory markers (and related problems) associated with autoimmune disease. (Bao, 2014; Kim, 2010).

There is also research being conducted into how acupuncture can be used to treat Type II Diabetes. This research is providing encouraging results that shows acupuncture can positively assist the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism in patients with Type II Diabetes and with Insulin resistance. (Wang, 2014; Liang, 2010). Another research paper found that acupuncture was effective in treating diabetic peripheral neuropathy. (Tong, 2010).

As autoimmune diseases become more common, it is becoming evident that our lifestyles have a significant effect on their prevalence. It is only through an holistic approach that these diseases can be treated at their root causes.


1. Bao et al (2014) Randomised controlled trial: Moxibustion and Acupuncture for the treatment of Crohn’s disease. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2014 Aug 21; 20(31); 11000-11011.
2. Kim et al (2010) Acupuncture and immune modulation. Autonomic Neuroscience. 2010 Oct 28; 157(1-2): 38-41.
3. Wang et al (2014) Efficacy Analysis on Type II Diabetes Mellitus treated with acupuncture in females. ZhongGuo Zhen Jiu, 2014 Jan; 34(1):21-4.
4. Liang et al (2010) Acupuncture: is it an effective treatment for insulin resistance? Diabetes Obes Metab. 2010 Jul; 12(7); 555-69.
5. Tong et al (2010) Fifteen-day acupuncture treatment relieves diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Journal of Acupuncture Meridian Studies. 2010 Jun; 3(2):95-103.
6. Chao et al (2014) Effectiveness of Acupuncture to treat IBS: A meta analysis. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2014 Feb 21; 20(7): 1871-1877.

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