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:
Disorders Number Of Genes Number Of Pub Med Identifiers
Arthritis, Rheumatoid 1,987 80960
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 1,570 42,631
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic 1,362 34,264
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 1,222 38,699
Multiple Sclerosis 1,086 27,341
Psoriasis 1,078 20,624
Pancreatitis 931 32,832
Crohn Disease 869 20,486
Colitis, Ulcerative 792 19,959
Scleroderma, Systemic 662 11,866
Encephalomyelitis, Autoimmune, Experimental 635 5,550
Sjogren's Syndrome 611 7,427
Graves Disease 544 11,115
Sarcoidosis 535 16,812
Anemia, Aplastic 485 11,779
Thyroiditis, Autoimmune 469 5,480
Myocarditis 454 8,664
Polyradiculoneuropathy 430 10,219
Glomerulonephritis, IGA 407 3,304
Celiac Disease 398 10,402
Lupus Nephritis 398 2,530
Myasthenia Gravis 397 10,479
Lymphopenia 383 2,449
Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid 381 6,211
Spondylitis, Ankylosing 331 8,700
Dermatomyositis 324 4,774
Cushing Syndrome 323 9,486
Behcet Syndrome 300 5,120
Rheumatic Fever 275 16,867
Glomerulonephritis, Membranous 264 1,483
Pemphigus 251 5,377
Wegener's Granulomatosis 238 4,309
Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting 233 1,010
Vasculitis, Central Nervous System 231 4,263
Antiphospholipid Syndrome 227 3,900
Anemia, Hemolytic, Autoimmune 219 4,024
Purpura, Thrombocytopenic, Idiopathic 219 2,475
Cholangitis, Sclerosing 217 1,684
Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome 217 3,061
Raynaud Disease 211 5,203
Pemphigoid, Bullous 204 1,939
Vitiligo 204 2,497
Hepatitis, Autoimmune 195 1,028
Temporal Arteritis 176 3,784
Thyrotoxicosis 164 2,328
Cryoglobulinemia 162 1,839
Guillain Barre Syndrome 162 1,582
Anti-Glomerular Basement Membrane Disease 152 1,487
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease 142 1,212
Polyarteritis Nodosa 136 4,830
Addison Disease 135 3,547
Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Progressive 133 519
Polyendocrinopathies, Autoimmune 126 444
Narcolepsy 122 1,975
Takayasus Arteritis 118 1,919
Neuritis, Autoimmune, Experimental 115 395
Polymyalgia Rheumatica 110 1,725
Dermatitis Herpetiformis 107 2,181
Menieres Disease 107 305
Menieres Disease 78 2,129
Myelitis, Transverse 78 860
Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus 77 421
Churg Strauss Syndrome 75 940
Reiter Disease 72 2,247
Goodpasture Syndrome 68 1,315
Uveomeningoencephalitic Syndrome 62 518
Felty's Syndrome 58 581
Myasthenia Gravis, Autoimmune, Experimental 51 95
Polychondritis, Relapsing 51 832
Still's Disease, Adult-Onset 48 477
Encephalomyelitis, Acute Disseminated 47 1,016
Lupus Vasculitis, Central Nervous System 47 204
Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome 40 460
Neuromyelitis Optica 40 232
Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita 33 233
Stiff-Person Syndrome 32 291
Pemphigus, Benign Familial 29 148
Ophthalmia, Sympathetic 28 520
Leukoencephalitis, Acute Hemorrhagic 10 128

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