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Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases arise from an overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. Autoimmune diseases result from the failure of an organism to recognise its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues. The immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks it. In other words, the body actually attacks its own cells. The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically with immunosuppression, most often steroids. Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease characterised by T-cells infiltrating the colon. Crohn's disease affects areas of the gastrointestinal tract outside of the colon, ulcerative colitis usually involves the rectum and is confined to the colon, with occasional involvement of the ileum. From a naturopathic perceptive the causes of autoimmune disease is modern living. Herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation and dietary and lifestyle advice can help retrain your immune system so it learns not to overreact and attack itself.  For symptomatic relief see also Carahealth IBS Relief

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