Most autoimmune diseases are affected by our genetic makeup, and the onset of symptoms is typically triggered by a stressful life event, trauma or an infection. Your immune system is designed to protect the body from foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. When autoimmune processes are activated your immune system begins to attack your own healthy cells, resulting in damage and inflammation. This cellular damage leads to pain, fatigue, digestive problems and many other symptoms that can leave you feeling tired and unwell.
While the symptoms of autoimmune diseases (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis & Inflammatory Bowel Disease) may seem very different, they are all a result of a disruption in the body’s natural defence systems. Conventional treatment for autoimmune diseases involves drugs that suppress your immune system. These drugs can cause side effects such as liver damage, hair loss, weight gain and fatigue. They also lower your natural ability to fight off infections. Naturopathic Medicine is a safe and effective way to manage autoimmune disease because it works to correct this disturbance and restore the body’s ability to decipher between self-cells and the external environment (ie: viruses, food sensitivities, pathogens).
At your appointment, we’ll determine which factors are contributing to autoimmune flare-ups and address them with gentle, yet effective therapies. Treatment for autoimmune disease may include anti-inflammatory supplements, removal of dietary triggers, detoxification & environmental medicine, stress reduction techniques, herbal medicine to calm an overactive immune system and/or IV therapy.