All autoimmune diseases involve a chronic inflammatory process that is initiated by the immune system, against one or more of the body's tissues. The immune system makes antibodies against the particular tissue, which attack and cause tissue damage.
The cause of autoimmune diseases is unknown but often is linked to nutritional imbalances including deficiencies of nutrients or excess toxic substances, stress, and environmental exposures to chemicals and bacterial infections.
The goal of naturopathic treatment at Natural Choice Medical Clinic in Guelph, for autoimmune conditions is to decrease inflammation and reduce the immune system's reactivity. This may involve dietary advice, supplementation with herbs or nutrients, acupuncture or lifestyle counselling.