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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of Autoimmune Disease

rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is classified as an autoimmune disease. In autoimmune arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), your immune system attacks the lining of your joints. This leads to inflammation that can affect your entire body. Symptoms vary greatly from person to person. 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 immunosuppressants, most often steroids however these have harrowing log-term side-effects. From a naturopathic perspective the causes of the rise in autoimmune disease is modern living and rather than suppress the immune system we prefer to retrain the immune system so as to learn not to attack itself.

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