Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system of the body, which normally protects us from disease and infection, literally attacks its own cells. This leads to dysfunction of those tissues. This may be restricted to an individual organ or may involve tissues in different places like nerves, muscles, endocrine glands or the digestive organ.
There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases and it is one of the most frequent reasons that people visit their doctor. Among the most common autoimmune disease are Hashimotos thyroiditis, systemic lupus, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes type 1 and Crohn’s disease.