Autoimmune diseases are a group of illnesses where the body’s immune system turns against itself.They are similar to allergy-related conditions because in both the immune system is over-active.The examples of autoimmune diseases are
- Glomerulonephritis, ( a group of several types of kidney disease leading to kidney failure)
- Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease
- Grave’s disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Eczema and several other types of skin problems
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis
- Different types of vasculitis, or inflammation of blood vessels
- ITP, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a bleeding disease caused by low platelet count
- Asthma: it is either allergic or autoimmune
- Many other conditions
In all these conditions the body’s immune system is inappropriately activated and various organs become it’s target as if they were foreign invaders.
The causes or instigating factors are unknown.Hereditary predisposition may play a role, as may some environmental factors.
Autoimmune Disease: A Disease Of The Immune System
Under our current medical system, autoimmune diseases are not recognized as diseases of the immune system as a whole. Instead they are seen as diseases of particular organs. Unfortunately, that means that there isn’t a unified branch in conventional medicine to treat autoimmune conditions.
If you are suffering from an autoimmune disease, you will see a specialist who focuses on the organ system that is being affected: a rheumatologist for rheumatoid arthritis; an endocrinologist for Hashimoto’s and diabetes, a gastroenterologist for celiac, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s; a dermatologist for psoriasis; and so on. If you have multiple autoimmune conditions, as many people do, you will see several different specialists.
Supporting, Rather Than Suppressing, The Immune System
In conventional medicine, the belief is that once you have an autoimmune condition, there’s nothing you can do to reverse it, only ways to manage the symptoms.
The typical allopathic clinical approach to autoimmune disorders focuses on the management of symptoms with various anti-inflammatory medications and often the use of chemotherapeutics, and very potent immunosuppressive agents with side effects like fatigue, weight gain, depression, increased infection rates and even harsh potential side-effects like leukemia and lymphoma.
While these approaches admittedly can provide substantial symptomatic relief to the patient, they do not really get to the cause of these conditions and some research suggests that these approaches may result in a furthering of the pathological process.
Scope of Homeopathy Treatment-
In this regards homeopathy has a prospective role of treatment in the auto immune disease as because homeopathy treatment is not only based on the disease symptoms alone but the person’s psychological and emotional symptoms also taken care which are otherwise known as the root trigger factors for the development of the disease.
Every individual has its own trigger factors either in his psychological level or emotional level or physical level or genetic level.
Homeopathy treatment finds the thread of root cause of the triggers factors and treat accordingly, thus helps to bring back the equilibrium of the body’s immune system in a natural way to normal state thus may help to cure the auto immune diseases.