Autoimmunity is the natural outcome of chronic stress’s assault on the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis, which is the physiological stress-regulation system. Allopathically speaking, there’s a disconnect between internal strife and external pathologies. By and large, Western medicine views stress strictly as an emotional distress, something “in your head”. In reality, the physiology of stress shows up in your metabolism, the adrenal glands, and the immune system.
In oriental medicine, acupuncture and herbs offers a paradigm designed to uproot the underlying causes of autoimmune disease. Treatment strategy is a two step process: Using Chinese herbs to dredge up the “hidden pathogen” (whether it is viral like Epstein-Barr or bacterial like Lyme disease) while utilizing acupuncture for stress-relieve and supplements for immune modulation. Chronic stress-induced inflammation and autoimmunity is the modern epidemic. Whether choosing to use Chinese medicine solely or as combination therapy with conventional medicine, the benefits make it both a viable and effective treatment option for autoimmune disorder reversal.
For acute conditions such as cold & flu as well as pain, acupuncture gives immediate symptomatic relief. For more persistent chronic illness, acupuncture helps to re-direct energy in a beneficial way to re-harmonize the body, remedying the imbalances which exist internally.
The practice of Chinese cupping has been around for more than 2,000 years. Today, it is making a renaissance thanks to the red-purplish bruises that Michael Phelps sported during the Summer Olympics. To me, cupping therapy is the most unheralded therapeutic technique available in the Chinese medicine arsenal.
Plant-based medicine has existed for thousands of years in China. When treating internal medicine conditions involving visceral organs, knowledge of the Chinese pharmacopeia is indispensable. The ability to customize herbal formulas to suit the individual needs provides the most effective way in dealing with chronic aggravating problems.