There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes are among the leading causes of death among women under age 65, according to a study published in a public health journal in America in 2000. In NZ autoimmune diseases are becoming a serious problem.
The white blood cells in the body’s immune system help protect against harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood and tissue from outside the body. These substances contain antigens. The immune system produces antibodies against these antigens that enable it to destroy these harmful substances. When you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system does not discriminate between healthy tissue and antigens. As a result, the body sets off a reaction that destroys normal tissues. The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown. One theory is that some microorganisms or drugs may trigger changes that confuse the immune system. This may happen more for people who have genes that make them more prone to autoimmune disorders.
People with autoimmune disease tend to have high levels of inflammation in the body. So bringing down inflammation through diet by way of eliminating foods that your body is sensitive to will reduce inflammation. Studies show that supplements can be beneficial in lowering specific inflammatory factors in the body, such as omega-3 fish oil and herbs such as turmeric, licorice etc. Supporting the liver, toxins may build up in the body for many reasons and most people with autoimmune disease will benefit from a gentle liver detoxification.
Each person manifests their disease in their own unique way, and this helps to determine the particular homeopathic medicine we will prescribe. So, three patients with the same autoimmune disease may receive three different medicines, because in homeopathy we are treating the whole person, therefore we want to stimulate that person’s body to begin helping itself. While homeopathy cannot bring back to life any tissues that have been destroyed, it can still be effective in lowering antibody levels, sometimes to the point of zero. Autoimmune disease does not have to be a debilitating or self-limiting disease. While every client and every condition is different, there are ways homeopathy can improve your health and these have been tested and confirmed in clinical practice and in scientific research.