How a naturopath can help you manage autoimmune conditions

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What is


Autoimmunity occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues in the body, leading to chronic inflammation and tissue damage. This dysregulation of the immune response can result in a wide range of autoimmune diseases affecting various organs and systems. There are several autoimmune conditions you can suffer from including:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroidism)
  • Graves' disease (autoimmune hyperthyroidism)
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psoriasis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Celiac disease
  • Sjögren's syndrome


This all depends on what autoimmune condition you have, to which part of the body will be affected. Some generalised autoimmune symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Skin rashes or hives
  • Digestive issues (e.g., abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation)
  • Recurrent infections
  • Hair loss
  • Sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Difficulty concentrating or memory problems

Treatment options

Treatment is also widely dependent on what type of autoimmune condition you have. But overall it is important to re-regulate the immune system to reduce the autoimmune response in the body, as well as reducing systemic inflammation, which is a common hallmark of autoimmune. An important step is to identify and address any underlying factors contributing to immune dysregulation, such as stress, poor diet, gut dysbiosis, and environmental toxins. We emphasise an anti-inflammatory diet rich in whole, nutrient-dense foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and fiber, while minimising processed foods, refined sugars, and potential allergens.

We utilise herbal medicine with immune-modulating properties to help regulate the immune response and reduce inflammation. As well as offer comprehensive supplementation plans to use high-does nutritional therapy to support the immune system and inflammation level.s

Managing autoimmunity often requires a comprehensive, individualised approach that addresses the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. Collaboration with healthcare providers, including naturopathic doctors, can help develop an effective treatment plan aimed at managing symptoms, reducing inflammation, and supporting overall health and well-being.

Success stories

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Just after 2 weeks I’ve seen such amazing progress with my health, and I couldn’t be happier and grateful for that.

Treated by:

Tessa Hemingway

I have seen huge improvements in my health since starting naturopathy sessions with Zoe. It’s been a very validating and comfortable experience, after years of my symptoms being dismissed by other practitioners.
Chelsea B
Chelsea B

Treated by:

Zoe Summers

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Zoe Summers
Naturopath, Nutritionist & Medical Herbalist (b.NatMed)

Zoe is the first practitioner who started working with Tessa at Wellness. She is the go-to person for anything to do with your immune system, issues with fatigue as well as sports performance and nutrition.