Autoimmune diseases result from a dysfunction of the immune system and can affect any part of the body. More than 80 autoimmune diseases have been identified. Collectively, autoimmune diseases are among the most prevalent diseases in the U.S., affecting more than 23.5 million Americans.

Franca Gardner, Adult Nurse Practitioner MS, ANP-BC, Di Hom has thirty years of experience working with autoimmune patients. She takes an integrative and functional medicine approach with her patients. Functional medicine looks for the root cause of a collection of symptoms. Integrative medicine aims to combine alternative and conventional medicine to treat an imbalances that can cause disease.

She works with her acupuncturist Breana Harrison MSOM LAc to further correct these imbalances from an eastern approach. According to Oriental medicine, autoimmune disorders occur when there is imbalance within the body. Imbalance can come from an excess or deficiency of yin and yang that disrupts the flow of Qi, or vital energy, through the body. Acupuncture is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while specifically addressing the symptoms that are unique to each individual.

Then lastly a treatment of O-Therapy is advised at least once a month for all autoimmune patients. O-therapy supports the immune system, promotes circulation, and protects the liver. Additionally the brain fog, fatigue, and joint pain associated with chronic disease often respond positively to o-therapy. 

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