Helping Heal Autoimmune Disorders With Seikon-Chikara
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Your body’s immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body.
No one is sure what causes autoimmune diseases. They do tend to run in families. Women – particularly African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native-American women – have a higher risk for some autoimmune diseases.
There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, and some have similar symptoms. This makes it hard for your health care provider to know if you really have one of these diseases, and if so, which one. Getting a diagnosis can be frustrating and stressful. Often, the first symptoms are fatigue, muscle aches and a low fever. The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause redness, heat, pain and swelling.
The diseases may also have flare-ups, when they get worse, and remissions, when symptoms get better or disappear. Treatment depends on the disease, but in most cases one important goal is to reduce inflammation. Sometimes doctors prescribe corticosteroids or other drugs that reduce your immune response. Natural therapeutics such as dietary changes and relaxation techniques and other therapies are also useful.
Overall, autoimmune diseases are common, affecting many millions of people world-wide. They are a leading cause of death and disability. Yet some autoimmune diseases are rare, while others, such as Hashimoto’s disease, affect many people. Even as autoimmune diseases remain under recognized and under addressed, the number of patients afflicted with these illnesses has been steadily growing.
Yet few of today’s practicing physicians are aware of the escalating tsunami of epidemiological evidence that now concerns top scientists at every major research institute around the world: evidence that autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma and many others are on the rise and have been for the past four decades in industrialized countries around the world.
Getting a diagnosis can be a long and stressful process. Although each autoimmune disease is unique, many share some of the same symptoms. And many symptoms of autoimmune diseases are the same for other types of health problems too. This makes it hard for doctors to find out if you really have an autoimmune disease, and which one it might be. But if you are having symptoms that bother you, it’s important to find the cause. Symptoms such as pain, swelling, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, fatigue, or rashes can be indicative of an autoimmune disorder.
If you are living with an autoimmune disease, there are things you can do each day to feel better:
- A natural well-balanced foods diet with plenty of high water content food.
- Pure water daily for your needs.
- Regular activity (being careful not to overdo it). A gradual and gentle exercise program often works well for people with long-lasting muscle and joint pain. For example, some types of yoga or tai chi exercises may be helpful.
- Get enough rest. Rest allows your body tissues and joints the time they need to repair. Sleeping is a great way you can help both your body and mind. If you don’t get enough sleep, your stress level and your symptoms could get worse. You also can’t fight off sickness as well when you sleep poorly. When you are well-rested, you can tackle your problems better and lower your risk for illness. Most people need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day to feel well-rested.
- Reduce stress. Stress and anxiety can trigger symptoms to flare up with some autoimmune diseases. So finding ways to simplify your life and cope with daily stressors will help you to feel your best. Meditation, hypnosis, and guided imagery, are simple relaxation techniques that might help you to reduce stress, lessen your pain, and deal with other aspects of living with your disease.
- Natural remedies and therapeutics.
What general factors contribute to an autoimmune disease?
Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin or sometimes your whole body. The most recent research in science has shown that three factors need to be present to develop an autoimmune disease:
- Genetic susceptibility
- Environmental triggers
- Increased intestinal permeability