Autoimmune diseases are becoming more and more common. Some commonly known autoimmune disorders include eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, hay fever, thyroid diseases, MS, Crohn’s disease and IBS.
Autoimmune response occurs when there is a loss of discrimination between the body’s own cells and foreign cells. The body cannot recognise it’s own cells and attacks leading to an ongoing and often severe inflammatory response. This response is mediated via T- Helper cells which are the cells which drive our immune system’s actions. Two types of T Helper cells exist – TH1 and TH2, and they direct either cell driven or antibody immune responses.
Autoimmune disease can generally be categorised by their TH1 or TH2 drivers.
Some examples of TH1 dominant diseases / disorders include : rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, Crohns disease, Hashimotos disease (low thyroid function), vitiligo, Parkinson’s disease.
Some examples of TH2 dominant conditions include : allergies, eczema, hayfever, asthma, Graves disease (hyperthyroidism) and IBS.
The good news is that there are plenty of herbs and supplements which can calm the inappropriate immune response, reduce the inflammation and help you feel well again.
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