Autoimmune Disorders:

Alternative Approaches

Any medical approach for treatment should be well researched for the individual's unique set of health issues to avoid the development of secondary symptoms and side effects. While the alternative approaches emphasize pain management, there is also a focus on treating the underlying causes of symptoms. One aspect of alternative therapies is that they provide a means for both physical and mental healing, which is often of great importance to patients who live with autoimmune disorders.

Massage Therapy

Research has shown that massage can alleviate pain, increase alertness and reduce levels of circulating stress hormones. Massages effect on lower back pain is also promising, at least as effective as acupuncture or self education approaches in reducing pain and increasing the ability to accomplish basic physical activities.


Dr. Ida Rolf began her inquiry into creating a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that would organize the whole body with respect to gravity. She discovered that she could achieve remarkable changes in posture and structure by manipulating the body's myofascial system. She eventually named this system "structural integration," although some still refer to it as "Rolfing," after its founder.

Chiropractic Therapy

Chiropractors influence the bodys nervous and immune systems by adjusting the spine and joints, thereby alleviating pain and bettering general health. This field takes a holistic approach to health and illness, and encourages the bodys innate tendency towards health. Its effectiveness in administering to back pain, headaches, and other injuries and traumas has contributed to chiropractics place as the second largest primary health care field in the world.

Craniosacral Therapy

In this type of therapy, the bones of the skull are gently manipulated to alleviate a wide range of conditions, including headaches, ear infections, strokes, spinal cord injuries, and cerebral palsy. The craniosacral movement created by the rhythmical increase and decrease in cerebrospinal fluid causes a predictable movement of the cranial bones. A cranial therapist is trained to palpate this motion and diagnose the movement of the system as a whole by locating critical points of restriction in the cranium.


Research supports the fact that osteopathy can help or resolve many health problems that fail to respond to conventional medicine. A few of the illnesses helped by osteopathic manipulation are spinal and joint conditions, arthritis, allergies, cardiac diseases, breathing dysfunctions, chronic fatigue syndrome, hiatal hernias, high blood pressure, headaches, digestive disorders, bladder and menstrual problems, prostate congestion, and numerous neuritis disorders.

Practitioners earn a doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) degree from one of the 19 accredited osteopathic medical schools in the United States. D.O.'s have the same scope of practice as allopathic doctors (M.D.'s), including the ability to prescribe drugs and perform surgery. D.O.'s and M.D.'s complete four years of basic medical education, complete an internship and a residency program, must pass the same or equivalent state licensing examinations, and practice side by side in fully accredited and licensed hospitals and medical centers.

These Disorders Are Listed By The Number Of Genes & Number Of Pub Med Identifiers:
DisordersNumber Of GenesNumber Of Pub Med Identifiers
Arthritis, Rheumatoid1,98780960
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 11,57042,631
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic1,36234,264
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases1,22238,699
Multiple Sclerosis1,08627,341
Crohn Disease86920,486
Colitis, Ulcerative79219,959
Scleroderma, Systemic66211,866
Encephalomyelitis, Autoimmune, Experimental6355,550
Sjogren's Syndrome6117,427
Graves Disease54411,115
Anemia, Aplastic48511,779
Thyroiditis, Autoimmune4695,480
Glomerulonephritis, IGA4073,304
Celiac Disease39810,402
Lupus Nephritis3982,530
Myasthenia Gravis39710,479
Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid3816,211
Spondylitis, Ankylosing3318,700
Cushing Syndrome3239,486
Behcet Syndrome3005,120
Rheumatic Fever27516,867
Glomerulonephritis, Membranous2641,483
Wegener's Granulomatosis2384,309
Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting2331,010
Vasculitis, Central Nervous System2314,263
Antiphospholipid Syndrome2273,900
Anemia, Hemolytic, Autoimmune2194,024
Purpura, Thrombocytopenic, Idiopathic2192,475
Cholangitis, Sclerosing2171,684
Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome2173,061
Raynaud Disease2115,203
Pemphigoid, Bullous2041,939
Hepatitis, Autoimmune1951,028
Temporal Arteritis1763,784
Guillain Barre Syndrome1621,582
Anti-Glomerular Basement Membrane Disease1521,487
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease1421,212
Polyarteritis Nodosa1364,830
Addison Disease1353,547
Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Progressive133519
Polyendocrinopathies, Autoimmune126444
Takayasus Arteritis1181,919
Neuritis, Autoimmune, Experimental115395
Polymyalgia Rheumatica1101,725
Dermatitis Herpetiformis1072,181
Menieres Disease107305
Menieres Disease782,129
Myelitis, Transverse78860
Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus77421
Churg Strauss Syndrome75940
Reiter Disease722,247
Goodpasture Syndrome681,315
Uveomeningoencephalitic Syndrome62518
Felty's Syndrome58581
Myasthenia Gravis, Autoimmune, Experimental5195
Polychondritis, Relapsing51832
Still's Disease, Adult-Onset48477
Encephalomyelitis, Acute Disseminated471,016
Lupus Vasculitis, Central Nervous System47204
Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome40460
Neuromyelitis Optica40232
Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita33233
Stiff-Person Syndrome32291
Pemphigus, Benign Familial29148
Ophthalmia, Sympathetic28520
Leukoencephalitis, Acute Hemorrhagic10128

Autoimmune Disorder Information: Dr. Ray Sahelian - Autoimmune Disorders

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