Chinese medicine does not have a single explanation of the autoimmune pathology as obviously ancient Chinese medicine could not have such a view of the immune system. One can of course use a Chinese identification of patterns for each of these diseases and treat them successfully, but that does not really explain the autoimmune pathology or whether there is a common thread in the treatment of these diseases. For example, we can treat Hashimoto Thyroiditis successfully without any reference to it being an autoimmune disease. However, is there a single, underlying pathology in all autoimmune diseases and a common thread in the their treatment?
From a Chinese medicine perspective, it is clear to me that we need to treat each autoimmune disease individually according to its pathology, aetiology, patterns irrespective of the fact that is an autoimmune disease. However, should we go a step further? Is there an underlying common treatment to all autoimmune diseases? In this article Giovanni endeavours to answer these questions.
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