Autoimmune disease is not a disease alone. When we say “autoimmune” this is a pathological process. A process through which many diseases occur. Why do these diseases occur? What is the logic behind these conditions? How can we find Ayurveda treatment of autoimmune diseases and much more is here?
Immune is intelligence. And when this intelligence impairs, we call it an Autoimmune condition.
Primarily in, Autoimmune diseases, the cells of the immune system, forgets this difference between friend and foe. Therefore these cells starts killing the healthy normal cells. These cells are capable of eating and destroying, because these are “born to kill” type parts of the body. Thus these start eating up the normal cells of the body. Decay of normal cells obviously leads to different diseases.
Here we is a list of the conditions to better understand the process of disease.
|Immune System Impacts||Disease because of this|
|Lacrymal glands (Tear glands)||Sjogren’s disease|
|Salivary Glands||Sjogren’s disease|
|Joint Cartilages||Rheumatoid Arthritis|
|Myeline Sheath of Nerves||Autoimmune Neuropathy|
|Nerve Cells in Central Nervous System||Multiple Sclerosis|
|Intestinal Mucosa Lining||Celiac Disease|
|Mucosal lining of colon||Ulcerative Colitis|
|Lining of Blood Vessels||Systemic lupus erythematosus|
These are few examples of autoimmune diseases. How the cells of the immune system impact a system and a disease occurs. This list is endless. The autoimmune system can involve in conditions like – Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s too.
So this process of autoimmune can impact any system and can cause problems with any system.
Understanding Immune System
Immunity is important to be understood for a better understanding of Autoimmune Disorders.
As said above, immune is intelligence.
Intelligence works on memories and experiences. What we experience that we memorize. This is the first step of decision-making for human beings as a whole or on the cellular level.
We have two systems of this physiological intelligence. Nervous System and Proteins. The nervous system is responsible for the storage of sensory memories. And body stores the memory of physiological activities as proteins. These proteins we know as immunoglobulins, antigens, etc. These proteins, store memories of body activity.
For example, in celiac disease body collects a lot of tTG IgA. As soon as wheat or gluten comes in contact with body. This protein, activates and start killing cells of intestines. This is process of disease.
Immunity is a fence of the cells and proteins and some other attributes. These all together make the defensive line against the invasion of the different disease-causing bacteria or attributes. This line should be intelligent enough to differentiate between friends and foes. Because before attacking someone this knowledge of selectiveness is important.
So excessively active, the hyper-sensitive immune system is responsible for causing immune-related problems.
This is the reason, immunosuppressive medicines are drugs of choice for allopath doctors for all of these autoimmune diseases.
Why does Immune System Attack healthy cells?
When this selectiveness of the immune system impairs. The immune system targets healthy cells and leads to problems.
Why do cells go crazy.
There are different approaches.
- Diet and Lifestyle
- Infections and other events
We have these three factors, which we can consider. But nobody knows the exact pathological process, according to modern medicinal sciences. This is the reason, all autoimmune conditions are incurable for western medical science. To understand the treatment, we need to understand the pathology of a disease.
Ayurveda About Immune System
As we have talked about the immune system to better understand the concept of autoimmune disease. Similarly, we need to about the concept of the immune system in Ayurveda.
There cannot be an exact analog for the immune system in Ayurveda. Among three doshas, all three are partially involved in the process of the immune system. But among these three, Kapha (the strength provider) works like “Bala (Strength) of the body. Therefore, Kapha is closer to the concept of the immune system.
The second most famous concept is- Ojus/ Oja. Ayurveda text mentions it as “Nectar of life”. It gives us the strength to fight against all external causative factors. It works like a defense line. Just like the immune system.
“Increase your immunity” is most commonly used though, by practitioners of natural medicines. But Ayurveda doesn’t recommend anything like this. If something is increased beyond a point, it is never good. The best thing is- harmony and balance.
We fall ill due to imbalance. The dis in disease has one meaning and that is to not to feel well. This dis-ease of cells of the immune system is because of imbalance.
There is a big gap between- physiology and psychology in western medical sciences. Concept of Dosha bridge this gap beautifully. Because Doshas are dual in nature. These control, physiology as well as psychology. This is the reason, Ayurveda has more scope for working on intelligent-immune-system.
The other concept which works on the decision-making process is- Agni. The concept of Agni in Ayurveda is unique.
Agni “discriminates”. Between good and bad. Friend and enemy. When metabolism is low. It produces excessive Ama (biological toxins). These toxins are the root cause behind the irregularities of the Agni. Which further causes autoimmune diseases.
Ayurveda About Autoimmune Condition
Ayurved looks at the human body from a “holistic” approach. Body as a whole. And here body comprises a triad of- body-mind and soul. Therefore every disease is associated with all these three factors. All the three doshas cover the complete approach of Body and Mind too.
As per Ayurveda- the body is a working organization. Here all cells contribute to the performance of this organization.
These cells are individuals too. Therefore these cells have all possibilities to perform all biological activities on their personal level. Here the best example to understand this uniqueness of a single cell is the working of Amoebae, a single cell animal.
These cells work together for a commitment that we know as Life. This commitment maintains the working of the body.
These individual have their own intelligence and intellect. Once this intelligence and intellect is changed due to repetitive mistakes of Diet and Lifestyle. These cells start behaving “wrongly” and this causes the problems like Autoimmune Disorders.
How to know- it is Autoimmune Disease?
The list of Autoimmune diseases is long. We cannot discuss symptoms of all these in one go. Therefore symptoms of respective diseases are mentioned on their pages only.
Besides the uncommon signs and symptoms, autoimmune diseases have some unique signs and symptoms. Here are discussing some of the main signs and Symptoms which are present in most autoimmune disease sufferers. Here goes the list.
- Extreme Fatigue
- Muscle and Joint Pain – pain and stiffness in muscles and joints
- Weakness in muscles
- Swollen Glands – especially in the throat area, under the arms, and at the top of the legs in the groin area.
- Susceptibility to Infections like-. Frequent colds, bladder infections, ear infections, sore throat, sinus problems and yeast infections with a slower recovery
- Disturbed Sleep – Difficulty falling asleep and/or frequent waking
- Change in body weight: weight gain and loss both are possible.
- Change in Blood Pressure – Mostly low blood pressure
- Candida Yeast Infections – as digestive disturbances, sinus infections, vaginal yeast infections or thrush. Because immune system doesnt have capacity to fight against disease.
- Allergies. As a result of hyperactive immune response.
- Digestive Problems. Abdominal pain, bloating, tenderness, heartburn, cramps, constipation, diarrhoea and excessive gasses.
- Anxiety and Depression
- Problems with memory
- Thyroid Problems – can manifest as low body temperature and excessive hair loss.
- Recurrent Headaches
- Low Grade Fevers
- Pre-menstrual Syndrome
- Recurrent Miscarriage
This list can be multifold long. Because of the involvement of many things with pathology. And this is not necessary that all should be present there.
A particular system might affect, depending upon where the immune system is affecting the most.
Mostly these symptoms are found in groups. Because immune system works in the whole body. Therefore there are greater chances of involvement of more than one system in case of autoimmune disease.
Why does Modern Medicine not able to treat Autoimmune Diseases?
Lifelong medicines and no solution- is the fate of a patient with autoimmune condition; in modern medical science. This is because of certain reasons.
- Uncertainty about pathological process of the disease.
- Improper understanding about cellular level psychology.
- Missing link between immunity and intelligence.
- Lack of knowledge about impact of diet on human body.
These are few reasons, which have made autoimmune diseases- incurable in today’s time.
When we can answer all these questions, we can find the right treatment for autoimmune diseases.
Ayurveda Treatment for Autoimmune Diseases
Ayurveda recommends working on the root cause of the disease. And the reversal of pathology. In the case of autoimmune disease root cause is-improper working of the defense mechanism of the body. Therefore, primarily we need to correct the behavior of the defence system. Secondly we need to season the system to not to collect any toxic elements for a flare-up of the disease. Ayurveda treatment of autoimmune diseases
One can differentiate between the friend and enemies of the body. Disease won’t progress further. Besides this, treatment should be aimed to recover the decaying healthy cells.
So the line of treatment according to Ayurveda will be as follows:
Detoxification of the body
Whatever disease it might be, toxins are always involved in a disease. Therefore the best way to treat a disease is to remove the deep-seated toxins.
As per Ayurveda poor metabolism leads to the production and deposition of Ama – an endotoxin. When this Ama associates with the immune cells of it result in their abnormal behavior. This causes autoimmune diseases. So for proper treatment of any autoimmune disease, this Ama needs to be expelled out of the body.
Panchakarma is the tool for this. Not just massages. Deep cellular level removal of toxins should be planned for this. Selection of the right Panchakarma procedure is possible by a Vaidya only.
Working on Cellular psychology
As discussed above, immune is intelligence. Therefore we work on bringing back the natural “wisdom” of the cells in function. This is not teaching work. This is all about providing the right environment to the cells.
Once we change the in-vitro environment of the body. Cells can get proper nutrition. This helps the cells to behave normally.
This we do with, Panchakarma and medicines both.
Correcting the metabolism of the body
Only expelling toxins will not be enough. We need to work on the source of production of toxins i.e. disturbed metabolism.
So correcting the metabolism is also mainline of treatment for Autoimmune Diseases.
Increasing the Ojus in the body
Ojus is the essence of the body which nourishes the immune system and thus helps in body defense. Normally it is availed to the body from the foodstuffs we are taking. But due to the impaired metabolism; Ojus is not formed properly in the body. So we should also ensure proper supply of the Ojus to the body.
Harmonizing the Immune system
At last, the behavior of the immune system also needs to be corrected. Without harmonizing the Immune system all the measures will be inadequate for the treatment of Auto-Immune Diseases.
Our Vaidyas at Sukhayu Ayurved, under the guidance of Vaidya Pardeep Sharma, have done continuous research on these conditions and the solutions for Autoimmune Diseases have been brought. These are not miraculous supplements, these take long enough time to fight against the diseases. But this is for sure that these will treat the condition from the root.
All About Ayurveda Treatment for Autoimmune Diseases
Yes, Ayurveda treatment can treat autoimmune conditions. The main thing is for the treatment of autoimmune disease is to know about the causative factor behind the treatment.
No. It is not important to admit for the treatment of these diseases in every condition. We advise admission of the patients for Panchakarma where it is required only. Otherwise you can come and consult and medicines will be prescribed.
Ayurveda believes in “balancing” the immunity. Immune system remains hyperactive in case of autoimmune disorders