In Australia autoimmune disease affects between 5 to 10% of the population and is more common than cancer or heart disease.
An autoimmune disease occurs when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks their own body. Normally our immune system produces a range of cells and chemicals that fight infection, such as bacteria and viruses. However, in autoimmune disease, these defence cells attack the body’s own cells, joints, and organs.
At present there are over 80 different types of autoimmune diseases that range in severity from mild to disabling, depending on which system of the body is affected. Common symptoms of autoimmune disorder include: fatigue, a general feeling of being unwell, joint pain, dizziness, and a rash or low-grade fever. Blood tests for diagnosis include autoantibody tests, as well as tests for inflammation such as CRP and ESR.
At Rozelle Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre (RACM) we have an interest in the autoimmune diseases listed below:
- Graves disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hashimoto disease
- Type II diabetes
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Crohn’s disease
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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.