21 Sep Stress-Autoimmune Connection
Are you suffering from an immune system gone rogue because the body’s ability to handle stress is maxed out?
The number of autoimmune disorder cases I’ve seen lately has exploded. This ranges from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’, asthma, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis to lupus. Even Alzheimer’s disease is now being considered as an autoimmune disorder by some experts. On the outside, the physical manifestation of this pathology may vary. But internally, they all share a common bond: an immune system gone rogue because the body’s ability to handle stress is maxed out and it is saying NO! The bottom line is that stress depresses your immune system and it is a silent killer.
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.
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Some M.D.s are now telling their psoriatic patients, “I can give you meds to cover over the symptoms but it doesn’t address the stress which is the trigger for chronic inflammation.” 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.