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Holistic Care for an Autoimmune Disease: What to Expect

Holistic Care for an Autoimmune Disease: What to Expect

Your immune system keeps you healthy. When it’s working properly, it fights off foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, and germs. However, sometimes something can go wrong, and it starts attacking things that aren’t dangerous — like healthy cells and tissues in your body.

Autoimmune diseases affect 5%-8% of Americans, or over 24 million people. Common conditions considered autoimmune diseases include:

Many autoimmune diseases trigger similar reactions in the early stages, including aching muscles, swelling, fatigue, and skin rashes or redness. However, each condition has its own symptoms and requires a personalized treatment strategy for effective chronic disease management.

Our team at Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, understands how all aspects of a person’s well-being affect their health and wellness. That’s why we use holistic care to manage some of the most complex conditions, including autoimmune diseases. 

How holistic care works

Conventional medical practices often focus on a specific symptom or part of your body. If you have an autoimmune disease, doctors often prescribe medications to suppress the immune system and address inflammation, pain, and tissue damage. While this can offer some relief, holistic practitioners take a different approach.

Instead of treating a specific symptom, holistic care looks at treating the whole person — physical, mental, spiritual, and social elements. That’s because holistic health care considers how your well-being in one area impacts each of the others, a crucial component to effective disease management, especially with autoimmune disorders. 

When you have an autoimmune disorder, the disease can affect all aspects of your life, and vice versa. For example, high levels of stress can activate your immune system, causing your autoimmune disease symptoms to flare. Similarly, these disorders can disrupt your ability to sleep, ability to work, and engage in social activities with family and friends, which can worsen your symptoms.

Holistic care and autoimmune diseases

As functional medicine experts, our team always looks for the underlying causes of a health issue so we can help you restore balance to the body and achieve optimal health. When you have an autoimmune disease, that means finding ways to support your life’s physical, mental, spiritual, and social aspects.

As part of your holistic care treatment plan, we could recommend a variety of strategies, such as:

We also work with you to restore sleep quality, an essential component for health and wellness that can help decrease inflammation.

Taking a whole-body approach to managing your autoimmune disease can feel overwhelming. However, with our support and guidance, you can enjoy the benefits of these drug-free, noninvasive solutions that provide much better results with less risk than conventional treatments and no downtime.

Holistic care can help you live a healthier, happier life if you have an autoimmune disease. Contact Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona, to schedule a consultation today.

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