Can autoimmune disease be cured? Is there alternative medicine that will boost the immune system? Before we try to determine whether there is a cure for autoimmune disease, let’s talk a bit about what that is. Then we’ll discuss how we get it, and what we can do, including some herbs that might actually help.
So, what is autoimmune disease? First, we need to know that a healthy immune system works by destroying things that don’t belong in our body, such as cancer cells. With autoimmune disease, antigens actually get into the bloodstream, and the immune system gets confused. Our immune system actually begins attacking our body at a cellular level. Because this is happening at the cellular level, the resulting effects can be seen anywhere in the body. This is why there are now so many illnesses that have been classified as autoimmune disease.
How does this happen? Well, there does seem to be a genetic component, but even with that there needs to be something that causes this response, or a trigger. Things that can trigger your autoimmune disease response can be varied and range from infections, reaction to prescription drugs, intolerance to foods like corn, gluten and soy – it could even be an entire food group, stress, trauma, alcoholism and so on.
Many alternative health providers believe it stems from poor health of the intestines, leading to foreign entities leaking into the bloodstream. The immune system has a hard time distinguishing between these and healthy cells, then, before you know what happened – autoimmune disease!
What can you do? You will see this in my posts over and over and over – Whole Foods! That is the first and foremost action that is recommended for autoimmune disease. If it comes in a box, bag, package and isn’t a recognizable piece of food, don’t eat it. Fresh is best, and frozen is next best. Try to eat whole grains. Basically, try to eat food as close to it’s original form as possible. Food that is processed in any way loses vitamins and minerals and gains chemicals, sugar, salt and a long list of things that are slowly killing us!
There are other considerations where food is concerned, but this will at least start you on a healthier path.
Now, for the herbs. I’m only going to discuss 4 herbs in this post just to give you a basic group of herbs to try. Remember to try only one new herb at a time and use it for at least a week before adding a second herb, and never use purchased formulas. Also always consult your health care professional before you begin any new treatment – they can’t help you if they don’t know that you are trying something new!
Blackberry root – the fruit and juice can help with anemia. Often anemia becomes an issue in autoimmune disease because the body no longer absorbs nutrients from the foods as it should when the immune system isn’t functioning properly. The root can help with diarrhea which is another issue that comes from not absorbing food properly
Ginger – Aids digestion and absorption of nutrients. I like to add ginger root to my hot tea whenever I drink it. In the summer I like to make ginger tea and keep it in the refrigerator – it’s very refreshing.
Marshmallow root – Healing and soothing to the stomach and kidneys. Great for gastrointestinal disorders. Has a calming effect on the body.
Turmeric – Promotes healing and can be used externally or internally. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammtory with antibacterial properties. Turmeric root and a little milk mixed together can be applied to the skin to soothe and reduce redness from inflammation.
I hope that I have given you something that will help you with your quest to find out – is there a cure for autoimmune disease? I believe that with a healthy diet and lifestyle and some alternative medicines like herbs there very well could be a cure. At the very least, living with autoimmune disease can become more tolerable.
Please leave a comment below so I can get some ideas about what you would like to know about healing autoimmune diseases with herbs and other alternative medicines. Thanks, Debby