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Autoimmune Disease Specialist

Humaira Quraishi, ND, MS

Naturopathic Doctor & Certified Nutrition Consultant located in Fort Lee, NJ & Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Your immune system is supposed to protect your body from diseases and infections. With an autoimmune disease, your immune system malfunctions and instead attacks the healthy cells in your body. At her practice in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Humaira Quraishi, ND, MS, specializes in the treatment of autoimmune disease. She takes a holistic and integrative approach to care, focused on finding the root of the problem to alleviate or resolve your symptoms. To schedule an autoimmune disease consultation, call the office or book online today.

Autoimmune Disease Q&A

What is an autoimmune disease?

An autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks the normal, healthy cells in your body. With an autoimmune disease, your immune system may target one body part or organ or several body systems.

There are more than 80 autoimmune diseases. Common ones include:

  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Hashimoto’s disease
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

You may be at greater risk of developing an autoimmune disease if it runs in your family. 

What are autoimmune disease symptoms?

Autoimmune diseases affect many body systems and cause a wide range of symptoms that make getting an accurate diagnosis difficult. 

Common autoimmune disease symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Fever
  • Skin conditions
  • Digestive problems
  • Difficulty concentrating

Each autoimmune disease causes its own unique set of symptoms. For example, with Hashimoto’s disease, you may have a hard time losing weight, while psoriasis causes scaly patches of itchy skin. SLE can affect any body system, including your joints or kidneys.

What happens during an autoimmune disease consultation?

When you come in for an autoimmune disease consultation, Dr. Quraishi conducts an in-depth evaluation so she can find the root cause of your immune system malfunction.

During your consultation, she asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, family history, and daily routine. She also performs a physical exam and runs lab work to better understand your unique biochemical and physiological functions.

Some of the lab tests she may request include a comprehensive metabolic profile, a complete blood count, and a hormone test. She may also test for nutrient deficiencies, as well as food and environmental allergies.

What are autoimmune disease treatments?

Dr. Quraishi creates a personalized treatment plan for your autoimmune disease based on the findings from her clinical evaluation and your lab work. She uses naturopathic therapies focused on the root cause of your condition.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Personalized nutrition and diet plan
  • Therapeutic-grade nutritional supplements
  • Herbal medicine
  • Exercise program
  • Stress management tools
  • Cleanse and detox
  • Hydrotherapy

Each treatment is tailored to meet your specific needs. Dr. Quraishi schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your symptoms and provide you with the tools and support you need to incorporate the lifestyle changes into your daily routine.

She also reruns your lab tests to assess the effectiveness of your treatment plan.

For a holistic approach to your autoimmune disease, call the office of Humaira Quraishi ND, MS, or book an appointment online today.