Autoimmune diseases arise from an overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the body attacks its own cells. Autoimmune diseases are a major cause of immune-mediated diseases, and are commonly referred to as Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases (AIID).
Nearly 79% of autoimmune disease patients in the USA are women. Also they tend to appear during or shortly after puberty. It is not known why this is the case, although hormone levels have been shown to affect the severity of some autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Other causes may include the presence of fetal cells in the maternal bloodstream. 
It is possible to classify autoimmune diseases by corresponding type of hypersensitivity: type II, type III, or type IV. (No type of autoimmune disease mimics type I hypersensitivity.)
|Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)||Accepted|
|Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS)||Accepted|
|Autoimmune hemolytic anemia||Accepted||II|
|Autoimmune hepatitis||Accepted||Anti-Smooth Muscle Actin|
|Autoimmune inner ear disease||Suspected|
|Bullous pemphigoid||Accepted||II||Anti-Bullous Pemphigoid Antigen 1 and 2 (Hemidesmosome antigens)|
|Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease||Suspected |
|Diabetes mellitus type 1||Accepted||IV|
|Goodpasture’s syndrome||Accepted||II||Anti-Basment Membrane Collagen Type IV Protein|
|Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)||Accepted||IV||Anti-ganglioside|
|Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura||Accepted||II|
|Multiple sclerosis||Accepted||IV||Anti-Myelin Basic Protein|
|Pemphigus Vulgaris||Accepted||II||Anti-Desmogein 3|
|Primary biliary cirrhosis||Accepted||Anti-p62, Anti-sp100, Anti-Mitochondrial(M2)|
|Rheumatoid arthritis||Accepted||III||Rheumatoid factor|
|Temporal arteritis (also known as “giant cell arteritis”)||Accepted||IV|
|Wegener’s granulomatosis||Accepted||Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic(cANCA)|
Autoimmune and inflammatory disease market future
In both autoimmune diseases and inflammation, the condition is triggered by aberrant reactions of the human immune system. In autoimmunity, the patient’s immune system is activated against the body’s own proteins. In inflammatory diseases, it is the overreaction of the immune system, and its subsequent downstream signaling (TNF, INF, etc), which causes problems.
A substantial proportion of the population suffers from immune diseases, which are often chronic, debilitating, and life-threatening. There are more than eighty illnesses caused by autoimmunity and about 75 percent of those affected are women. It has been estimated that autoimmune diseases are among the ten leading causes of death among women in all age groups up to 65 years.
Currently, a considerable amount of research is being conducted in this therapeutic segment. According to a report from Frost & Sullivan, the total alliance payouts in the autoimmune/inflammation segment from 1997 to 2002 totaled $489.8 million, where Eli Lilly, Suntory, Procter & Gamble, Encysive, and Novartis together account for 98.6 percent of alliance payouts.
The incidence of these diseases is expected to rise because of a number of factors, including increasing environmental pollution, allowing for even more opportunity in this market. Advances in biotechnology are also enriching research work in this area. Secondary to cancer and infectious diseases, autoimmune disorder is the therapeutic category with the most number of biotech drugs under development.
Treatment therapies which have failed to cure diseases such as cancer, immunological and inflammatory disorders, auto-immune diseases, and infectious diseases have driven the need for creation and development of innovative and meaningful biotherapeutics to address important unmet medical needs in these areas. Considerable research is being conducted worldwide to develop more effective drugs for asthma, allergies, inflammation and other diseases that affect the human immune system, but there are certain medical needs in these areas which demand the development of highly efficient and safe therapeutic agents for optimal use in man. To address all of these needs for therapeutics, recent advances in monoclonal antibody development may offer potential targets for effective immunotherapy.
Homeopathy Treatment for Autoimmune disease
Keywords: homeopathy, homeopathic, treatment, cure, remedy, remedies, medicine
Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution, family history, presenting symptoms, underlying pathology, possible causative factors etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. A homeopathy doctor tries to treat more than just the presenting symptoms. The focus is usually on what caused the disease condition? Why ‘this patient’ is sick ‘this way’. The disease diagnosis is important but in homeopathy, the cause of disease is not just probed to the level of bacteria and viruses. Other factors like mental, emotional and physical stress that could predispose a person to illness are also looked for. No a days, even modern medicine also considers a large number of diseases as psychosomatic. The correct homeopathy remedy tries to correct this disease predisposition. The focus is not on curing the disease but to cure the person who is sick, to restore the health. If a disease pathology is not very advanced, homeopathy remedies do give a hope for cure but even in incurable cases, the quality of life can be greatly improved with homeopathic medicines.
The homeopathic remedies (medicines) given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the homeopathy treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each homeopathic remedy may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit the Materia Medica section at Hpathy.
None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice and guidance.
Homeopathy Remedies for Autoimmune disease :
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