27 Aug Acupuncture and Autoimmune
Acupuncture for Autoimmune ConditionsIncluding Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
Can acupuncture help with the symptoms and causes of myriad autoimmune conditions? Yes, it can in multiple ways.
Acupuncture is an excellent addition to Functional/Naturopathic Medicine care for autoimmune issues like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Sjogren’s, Rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease, Psoriasis and others.
Acupuncture has been developed over thousands of years to approach diagnosis and treatment as very specific to that individual person. It recognizes patterns of too much (excess) and too little (deficiency). The needles are placed at different points on the body to improve the imbalance so that the body can return to health and function optimally.
Acupuncture is specifically noted for its use in pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms and improving the overall quality of life.
How does it work?
Research has shown that acupuncture can cause physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland (a master gland in the brain), and impact other parts of the brain. These responses lead the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. It is proposed that, by these actions, acupuncture improves blood pressure and body temperature regulation as well as impacting the immune and nervous systems.
Acupuncture has a particularly powerful impact on the nervous system balance of “fight or flight” vs. “rest and digest”.This is how I use acupuncture for the most part. To remind the body to go into the “rest and digest” nature of the parasympathetic nervous system. This is a way of allowing the body to heal itself and retrain dysfunctional chronic stress patterns.
Autoimmunity is a biologically complex situation. Acupuncture can help restore to balance the following systems:
Gut: your gut barriers, gut bugs, digestive secretions and elimination are all impacted by chronic stress which can lead to immune activation and inflammation.
Sleep: it is crucial for the repair of your body after daily wear and tear to sleep well. Poor sleep impacts brain function, appetite control, mood regulation, inflammation and energy.
Pain:perception can be up regulated at the brain level with chronic stress
Mood and cognition are negatively impacted by chronic stress. The memory centers of the brain are especially sensitive to sustained stress.
Hormones: Menstrual and menopausal issues are directly worsened by stress.
Acupuncture can help improve all these systems. When the systems work better, you feel better!
Is it the right choice for you? The way to find out is to try a session with a skilled practitioner.
Many people find acupuncture relaxing and a good form of selfcare. I have worked with people who felt afraid and ended up having very positive experiences. It does not need to hurt. If that has happened to you find another practitioner who has a gentle touch.
Acupuncture will work best in conjunction with anti-inflammatory food plan, herbs and nutrients, gentle exercise, and anything that brings you joy such as music, art, essential oils, inspirational readings and good breathing skills.
For Acupuncture treatment in Tri-cities – Walla Walla, Richland & Kennewick, you can visit Walla Walla Naturopathic clinic.
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