Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are conditions in which the immune system makes a mistake: instead of removing a “invaders” such as bacteria, viruses or damaged tissues, it attacks normal healthy body tissue (self). Over the last twenty years, disease-modifying medications (“DMARDs”) that calm or block over-active facets of immune system have advanced autoimmune disease treatment. In the future, autonomic and peripheral nervous system stimulation may prove able to address autoimmune disease.[1] Acupuncture shares this mechanism, and has long aimed to support the immune system. Since Traditional Chinese Medicine can help address inflammatory pain issues, it can support, but not supplant, conventional/Western/pharmaceutical autoimmune disease treatment.

This informational section is currently under construction. Dr. Villanova complements your subspecialist’s conventional Western/pharmaceutical therapy using Eastern (acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Ayurvedic life-style) modalities:

Autoimmune Disease Testimonial


Lupus/Systemic Lupus Erythematosus/ SLEAI dx
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Raynaud Phenomenon
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sjorgren’s syndromeThyroid Conditions