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Autoimmune disorders can be challenging to diagnose, and many patients bounce from doctor to doctor only to be told they are perfectly healthy. At the New York Center for Integrative Medicine, we work with our patients to uncover the root cause of their suffering. When it comes to autoimmunity, we take a 360-degree view to understand what might be causing concerns.

What is an Autoimmune Disease?

An autoimmune disease is any condition where your immune system treats a part of your body like an invader and creates antibodies that attack it. It is not clear what causes most autoimmune diseases, and at times treatment can be difficult. When taking a comprehensive view of the body, we can identify specific risk factors and immune system triggers that may be making things worse.

Commonly diagnosed autoimmune diseases include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Type 1 Diabetes, and Crohn’s disease/Colitis. While a cure is not always possible, a proactive approach can go a long way in helping improve the quality of life for many people. Medications are often necessary, but supporting the body through integrative therapies may help reduce the need for medication.

What are the Signs of Autoimmune Disease?

Every autoimmune disease comes with its own common signs and symptoms. Some common ones to consider include:

  • Rashes
  • Hair loss
  • Low-grade fever
  • Aches and pains
  • Swelling or redness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Numbness and tingling

Our team will perform various diagnostic tests to check for signs of inflammation, hormone imbalances, unhealthy gut bacteria levels, and other clues that can point to the root cause of immune dysfunction.

Managing Your Condition

Your immune system impacts nearly every part of your body. As we work together to find out as much as we can about your unique biological makeup, we can begin to see the whole picture and form a treatment plan that can address the underlying causes of your disease.

Everyone’s treatment is unique and personalized. Therapies may include lifestyle change, mind-body medicine, acupuncture, IV therapy, and botanical medicine. To learn more about integrative medicine, contact our office today.