Advances in Treating Immune-Mediated Disease: Old Systems Yield New Approaches

Steve Marsden, DVM, ND, MSOM


Issue: Volume 69 Winter 2022

Online Publication Date: 26 December 2022


The immune system is complicated, but drugs for treating it are not. Medicine relies almost exclusively on immune suppression as a treatment strategy, even as ongoing research identifies a myriad of other mechanisms that could serve as targets for intervention. Ironically, traditional holistic medicine disciplines target many of these mechanisms, even though the words immune system do not appear in their paradigms. This article reviews 3 Chinese medical diagnoses and their associated treatments that can bring veterinarians closer to realizing a cure for their immune-mediated disease patients. Generic treatments are suggested that are available at varying costs and quality from a number of manufacturers.