The exact cause for why the immune system to no longer differentiates between healthy body tissues and antigens is still unclear. One theory that is the underpinning of Dr. Hackett’s perspective is based on gut regulation disruptions that may be caused by microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses) or drugs/immunizations may trigger a shift in cellular regulation. This theory is a translation of TCM concepts of energetic pattern disregulation and of Latent Heat, which refers to chronic low-grade inflammation.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, the root of autoimmune disorders is deep level energetic imbalance within the body. The imbalance can come from an excess or deficiency of yin and yang that disrupts the flow of qi (vital energy) through the body. The foundation of TCM treatment is acupuncture and used to stimulate the body’s natural drive toward robustness and “balance”, while specifically alleviating the symptoms that are unique to each individual.
Clinical research has shown that acupuncture causes physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain, which allows the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. By these actions, acupuncture affects blood pressure, body temperature and the immune system. In addition to acupuncture, other therapies such as stress reducing exercises, moderate physical activity, herbal medicine, nutritional support, and bodywork can be used to treat autoimmune disorders. Treatment can help strengthen the immune system, relieve painful symptoms, reduce stress, and improve overall health.