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Treatment Options for Muckle-Wells Syndrome

Muckle-Wells syndrome is a rare disorder causing periodic symptoms of skin rash, fever, and joint pain. The condition is caused by an alteration in the body's methods of regulating the process of inflammation. It can also lead to redness of the eyes and abnormal protein deposits in the kidneys, called amyloidosis.

How We Can Help

This is a rare medical condition and many medical providers, including specialists, may not be familiar with it. Our practice provides care for this condition with an understanding of the biochemistry involved in its pathology and healing. We provide natural care options, including acupuncture, in a way that can help patients with Muckle-Wells syndrome enjoy a more normal life.

For this disorder, one focus of our treatment is the regulation of the immune system through the methods of traditional acupuncture, which have been shown to result in reduction of the inflammatory cell signaling molecule interleukin-1β. This treatment effect is also observed in pharmaceutical treatments of this condition with interleukin-1 modulating agents such as canakinumab, rilonacept, and anakinra.

For patients suffering with Muckle-Wells syndrome, a combined approach using both acupuncture and pharmaceuticals may work better than either approach alone.
"Muckle-Wells syndrome is a rare condition and I have not seen it frequently in practice. Based on published research and my experience treating a range of autoimmune conditions, I believe acupuncture is likely to be helpful for individuals with this condition, but only if the treatment is performed in a way that is gentle enough to avoid side-effects. To the extent that it is helpful, it is likely due to acupuncture's ability to help the body to regulate the inflammatory signals of the immune system, as well as the stress response signals of the nervous system."

Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac.

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Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac. Our serene, professional office is located in Ellicott City, MD. Maryland Holistics has provided care to thousands of satisfied customers since opening in 2009. Dr. Windsor is a preferred provider in the CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GEHA, and United Healthcare networks.

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