Infections & immune disorders

Infections & immune disorders

Our immune system gives us the ability to fight off infections. Sometimes we may be exposed to a partcularly strong pathogen (eg. virus, bacteria or fungus) or our immune system may be compromised. Our immune systems can be weakened by persistent infections, periods of high mental or physical stress and particular medications. Our immune systems may also become overactive in the case of autoimmune diseases.

Acute and recurrent infections

Adults and children who suffer from recurrent respiratory infections such as colds and flu, sinusitis, tonsilitis and bronchitis may benefit from some support for their immune system.

In Chinese medicine, we treat people differently if they have an acute infection, chronic infection or are currently without an infection but which to prevent their next recurrent attack. We also have remedies that can ease symptoms and may reduce severity or duration of infections.

Talk to us about strategies to begin at home at the first sign of the onset of a cold or flu.

Autoimmune conditions

The immune system can also become overactive and attack its own tissue. This is the process that contributes to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus (SLE) and Hashimoto’s disease (hypothyroid condition).

Autoimmune diseases often require longer term treatment however symptoms may be managed well and progression of the disease may be slowed.

Acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, dietary advice and lifestyle tips may be considered as part of your individualised treatment plan developed by your practitioner to help you to better health.

 

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