How Can You Calm an Autoimmune Flare Up?

How Can You Calm an Autoimmune Flare Up?

Autoimmune disorders can be debilitating, discouraging, and very difficult. Living with flare-ups caused by autoimmune disorders can feel hopeless, much like a mountain you can’t move. But there are many positive steps you can take to help calm your flare ups, and manage your symptoms. Yes, relief! Holistic, natural processes exist to help you move those physical mountains. Throughout this article, the experts at The Emperor’s Medicine hope to share insider tips to ease the unforgiving symptoms of the long list of autoimmune diseases.

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How Acupuncture Can Ease The Suffering of Autoimmune Disorders

Here at The Emperor's Medicine, we have developed personalized therapies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases that have been successful in addressing the underlying causes of a variety of disorders. Acupuncture is a proven, effective method for relief from inflammatory disorders and has helped many patients treat the root causes of their autoimmune disorders. Our acupuncture and functional medicine treatments offer a viable solution to the challenge of such diseases, and if you're interested in learning more, we invite you to schedule an appointment at our Naperville office.

Celiac Disease

  • Acupuncture has been found to be a valuable treatment for those suffering from Celiac disease, also known as gluten sensitivity. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, and when consumed by those with Celiac disease, it can cause an immune response with a variety of symptoms, such as itchy skin rashes, joint pain, heartburn, headaches, fatigue, acid reflux, and even potential nervous system injury. The Emperor’s Medicine strategic acupuncture treatments have been successful to help manage these symptoms and improve the quality of life of those with Celiac disease.

General Thyroid

  • If you want to achieve optimal health and wellness, it's important to pay attention to your thyroid gland! 40% of the population may have undiagnosed hypothyroidism and not even know it. Fortunately, acupuncture can help treat thyroid disorders and bring your body back into balance. By using acupuncture to manage sleep, emotional, and menstrual issues, regulate energy levels and restore hormonal balance, you can start feeling better and enjoying life again! So if you're looking for an alternative approach to treating thyroid disorders, consider giving acupuncture a try and see how it can help improve your health and well-being.

Life with an autoimmune condition can be overwhelming and unpredictable. Flares are a reality that many have to face on a regular basis. And while there’s no one-size-fits-all cure, there are a few strategies that can help. Acupuncture has been found to have a positive impact on autoimmune disorders. The links between acupuncture and these conditions are well documented due to its ability to reduce systemic inflammation, regulate the immune system, and bring it back into balance. Many individuals with autoimmune disorders have experienced relief after undergoing acupuncture treatments, suggesting that acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment for those that struggle with them.

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Functional Medicine & Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine

At The Emperor's Medicine in Naperville, we are passionate about integrative medicine - a combination of conventional and evidence-based complementary and alternative medicines that offer unique styles of healing. We believe in the power of integrative medicine to promote optimal health. As no one medicine has all the answers, we are excited to provide our patients with an integrative approach that combines both conventional and alternative medicine for the best possible outcome. With integrative medicine, you can be sure you're getting the best of both worlds!

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

  • As certified healers, we understand the importance of finding a comprehensive approach to treating Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Our team of experts use Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and Functional Medicine to get to the root cause of this autoimmune condition. We understand the symptoms can be debilitating and have seen many of our patients experience relief from pale, dry skin, unexplained weight gain, fatigue, muscle aches and tenderness, tongue enlargement, hair loss, constipation, puffy face, and brittle nails. Our goal is to develop a personalized treatment plan to bring the body back into balance and reduce the symptoms of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.


  • Lupus is a systemic disorder that causes your immune system to attack your organs and tissues, including skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, joints, and brain. It can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms often mimic other diseases. One symptom of Lupus is a facial rash known as the "butterfly rash", which appears in the shape of unfolding wings. Symptoms of Lupus can range from mild to severe, and each case is different. The most common symptoms include skin lesions, fever, shortness of breath, joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. At our practice, we offer Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture treatments that have been proven to provide optimal wellness for patients with Lupus, by bringing a release and calm to the systematic pressure points.

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Self Care

Another way to soothe your autoimmune flare ups is to practice self-care. Make sure that you are taking the necessary time for yourself to rest and relax. Spend time doing activities that make you feel good, like taking a warm bath, listening to music, or meditating. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Eating a healthy diet, paired with our extensive herbal remedies, are essential for managing a recurring autoimmune disorder. Avoid processed foods and foods that are high in sugar and unhealthy fats. Eating a balanced diet can help keep your body functioning optimally and reduce your risk of flare ups. Exercise can help reduce inflammation and improve your overall health. Aim to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise three to five days per week.

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Finally, don’t forget to stay positive and practice self-care. It can be difficult to stay upbeat and motivated when you’re dealing with a flare, but finding moments of joy and gratitude can help you to stay resilient. Taking a break from social media, journaling, and engaging in enjoyable activities can help you to stay positive and cope with your condition.

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At The Emperor's Medicine, we offer an individualized approach to acupuncture treatment alongside traditional Chinese herbal medicine, to ensure the best possible results for those suffering from autoimmune disorders. Our acupuncture treatments are tailored to each patient's needs, and the addition of herbal medicine helps to amplify the healing effects. The combination of these two time-honored strategies is highly effective in not only ameliorating the symptoms of autoimmune disorders but in attacking the root of the problem. Our treatments are known to provide marked improvements after only a few sessions, and when incorporated into a regular wellness routine, our patients experience monumental progress. Come experience the power of integrative medicine for yourself!

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