• Xiaoying or Elizabeth Yuan

Autoimmune Diseases with Chinese Medicine


The most common ones that we will see in the clinic are:

  • Multiple sclerosis Systemic lupus erithematosus (SLE) Rheumatoid arthritis Sjogren’s Syndrome Hashimoto Thyroiditis Graves’ Disease Crohn’s Disease


Chinese Medicine identify patterns for each of these diseases and treat them successfully without explain the autoimmune pathology of these diseases. For example, TCM treat Hashimoto and Thyroiditis successfully without any reference to it being an autoimmune disease.

From a Chinese medicine perspective, it is clear that each autoimmune disease is treated individually according to its pathology, etiology and patterns.


Symptoms that often occur with autoimmune diseases include:

  • Fatigue Fever General ill-feeling (malaise)

From a Chinese perspective these three symptoms could be symptoms of Yin Fire or Latent Heat.


IMMUNE SYSTEM from Chinese Medicine Point of View:


Wei Qi (protective” or “defensive” Qi that protects from exterior pathogenic factors) Ying Qi (the “nutritive” Qi come from “water and grains) Blood (When the Qi of Blood is not harmonized, 100 diseases can arise.”) Kidney (Yin and Yang) (play a big role in the immune system and resistance to disease) Bone marrow (Marrow” in Chinese Medicine is a substance which is the common matrix of bones, bone marrow, brain and spinal cord) Yuan Qi (The Yuan Qi is the Motive Force) Jing (plays an important role in resistance to disease) Stomach and Spleen

In autoimmune diseases, the immune system has a deep dysfunction that leads it to attack the cells of the body, mistaking them for “other”: this often (but not always) corresponds to Latent Heat in Chinese medicine perspective.

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