Autoimmune disorders developed from abnormal immune responses against body’s own tissues. The effects of the disease process may be restricted to certain organs / type of specific tissues present in various organs or multiple systems.
The association of various types of autoimmune disorders are traced with genetic/ epigenetic/ mitochondrial DNA abrasions and triggering factors can be viral or other infections, vaccination.
There are more than 80 types of known autoimmune disorders. Some of them are Thyroid [Hashimoto's thyroiditis / chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis], skin[ Psoriasis, vitiligo, scleroderma], lungs [sarcoidosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, SLE], , pancreas [AIP-Autoimmune Pancreatitis], liver [Autoimmune hepatitis, AgG4 related hepatitis], kidneys[ IgA Nephropathy,SLE induced CRF, Nephrotic Syndrome, Glomerunephritis, Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome], GIT[ Ulcerative colitis, Celiac disease, crohn’s disorder],bones, joints n cartilages[ Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, stiff persons disorder],muscles [ Muscular dystrophy, Muscular atrophy ],brain- nerve cells[ Multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, guillain barre syndrome],eyes [ Uveitis,optic neuritis, ocular manifestation autoimmune disease],neuromuscular junctions[ Mysthenia gravis] and other effecting multiple tissues/ organs may be Addison’s disorder, Lyme disease, chagas disease, CREST syndrome,Goodpasture’s syndrome, Grave’s disease, Kawasaki disease, Meniere’s disease, MCTD, Pernicious anaemia, Reiter’s syndrome, Reynaud’s disease etc.
Immunosuppressants are given to slow down the progress and symptomatic relief are provided by various ways including surgery, stem cell therapy.
Ayurveda Approach in Autoimmune diseases
The class of disorders in Ayurveda similar to autoimmune disorders are developed due to genesis of Ama which is the by-product of faulty digestive n metabolic process and pathogenesis process is termed as AmavAta . The main causes of these categories of disorders is improper timings of diet/ in-between eating habits/ frequent eating habits [ adhyassna], habit of eating of complex foods / food with non-compatible ingredients[ viruddha annapAna], sedentary life style specially lack of physical work and that disturb the genesis of natural urges for excretions of various natural excreta, Prakriti of vata-kapha type, vata-pitta types, vishma agni, desha-kala asAtmya Ahara, vyAdhisankara .
Reversal Possibilities with Ayurveda
Autoimmune disorders can be reversed with the help of desired adaption in life style, dietary pattern n contents, yoga and herbal mixtures selected based on personalized matrix of Ayurveda. We at Vedanta Ayurveda have very good experience in reversing[ 80% of the cases] various types of autoimmune disorders affecting various tissues.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a kind of arthritis that is known to affect the spine. The symptoms of Ankylosing spondylitis include stiffness and pain running from neck to till lower back. The bones of the spine fuse together to result into a rigid spine. The changes can be mild or severe and in some cases, often lead to stooped over posture.
An early diagnosis of Ankylosing spondylitis along with right course of treatment leads to pain and stiffness control along with reduction and prevention of the posture deformity.
Ulcerative colitis is a result of your body’s immune system abnormal response. Usually, the proteins and cells that make your immune system help protecting you from infection. However, in people that are suffering from Ulcerative colitis, the immune system assumes food, bacteria or any other foreign material as foreign substance. When this thing happens, the body sends the WBCs to blood cells. The lining of intestine, as a result, produced ulceration and inflammation.
Irritable bowel disease
Irritable bowel disease is a usual disorder affecting the large intestine of human body. Irritable bowel syndrome usually causes abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gas and others. Irritable bowel is chronic problem that is usually managed over a span of long term.
Even though the symptoms and symptoms of the disease are quite uncomfortable, the Irritable bowel syndrome does not causes any change in the bowel tissue or enhances the risk of the colorectal cancer. A small number of people suffer from severe signs and symptoms.
Nephrotic syndrome- A symptom that develops against the backdrop of kidney damage and including massive proteinuria, disturbances of protein and lipid metabolism and edema. In nephrotic syndrome, hypoalbuminemia increases, Dysproteinemia, hyperlipidemia, edema of various localization (up to hydrops dropsy and serous cavities), degenerative changes in the skin and mucous membranes.
In the diagnosis of nephrotic syndrome plays an important role of clinical and laboratory picture: changes in the biochemical analysis of blood and urine, renal and extrarenal symptoms, renal biopsy data. Nephrotic syndrome can develop on the background of a wide range of urological system, infectious diseases, and chronic suppurative, metabolic diseases.
Sarcoidosis- A systemic inflammatory disease that affects mainly the lungs. Currently, the cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. It is an inflammation in which the lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) become very active. These cells produce substances which cause the formation of granulomas (accumulation of inflammatory cells) in various organs. The possibility of infection from a patient with sarcoidosis has not been proved, but there was a family history of the disease, which can be explained either by heredity or the action of environmental factors.
Inflammatory Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Though IBS is not a life threatening problem, IBS can be quite painful and disrupt your lifestyle. You will have to deal with the symptoms like cramps, diarrhea, constipation etc. Unlike Irritable Bowel Disease, IBS does not causes ulcers or other form of damage to the bowel. It means that the digestive system looks utmost normal but its functionality is altered. Inflammatory IBS includes cramp pains, inflammation, cramp pain, mucus in stool, diarrhea, etc. IBS has also been called spastic colon or spastic bowel.
SLE [Systemic Lupus]
Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or, as it is briefly called) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects various body tissues, and is due to violations in the protective immune processes facing against its own tissues affected by the disease of man. Systemic lupus erythematosus is a complex disease whose cause is not known.
Probably it is not a cause, but rather a combination of several factors, including genetic, environmental factors, and possibly hormonal mix which may cause disease. The exact cause of the disease can vary from person to person, a precipitating factor may be stress and colds, and hormonal changes the body, which occurs during puberty, pregnancy, post-abortion, during menopause.
Lupus how it is perceived in its abbreviated name is completely determined as systemic lupus erythematosus. Although a significant number of patients with this disease manifestation of symptoms occurs in a weak expression, lupus itself is incurable, threatening, in many cases the aggravation. The main symptoms are manifested in lupus, are to extreme fatigue and skin rash appears, moreover, also appears in the joints and pain. In the case of disease progression becomes relevant this kind of lesions that affect the functioning and overall condition of the heart, kidneys, nervous system, blood and lungs.
Psoriasis can begin suddenly. This is an insidious disease that can doze off until a certain point and cause a sudden blow at the most inopportune moment. Symptoms of the disease are very diverse. An accurate diagnosis can be difficult even for specialists. However, it is important to know the basic features to make it in time to see a doctor. Whatever form of psoriasis is not diagnosed in a patient, there is always some common symptoms, which are observing, we can say with confidence that this is psoraiasis, but not eczema, ringworm and not any other kind of dermatitis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious disease of the joints. The disease most commonly affects the small joints of the knees, wrists, ankles and ankle. Rheumatoid arthritis leads to joint destruction and disruption of their function. It is believed that there is a genetic predisposition to the disease. It is supposed that the members of the family of the patient with rheumatoid arthritis have somewhat greater chances of getting them than others. Although it is obvious that such a statement should not sound like a death sentence. This probability is only slightly higher than in the healthy family.