Autoimmune Disease and Immunology

Autoimmune Disease and Immunology

What You'll Learn

  • The contributing factors of autoimmune disease
  • The 3 I’s of autoimmune disease
  • Overview of the immune system
  • How to modulate the immune system
  • The role of the microbiome, nutrition, and hormones in inflammation
  • What psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is and why it matters
  • The naturopathic treatments for autoimmune disease


Why do some people get autoimmune disease and others don’t? How can you modulate the immune system to help someone with an autoimmune disease (including influencing their Th1, Th2, and cytokine response)? How does the immune system change in someone with autoimmune disease? In this course, Dr. Satya Ambrose breaks down the 3 I’s that play a major role in autoimmune disease: immunity, inflammation, and infection. She gives an overview of rheumatology, immunological factors, and a wide range of naturopathic tools that we can use to modulate the immune system and control inflammation. She focuses on psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), which is the exciting field of science that studies the interconnecting influences of the brain, neuroendocrine system, and immune system. Dr. Ambrose stresses the importance behind the gut microbiome, nutrition, hormones, and other factors in regulating inflammation. She focuses heavily on naturopathic treatment options and provides an extensive list of available tools including herbs, nutrition, lifestyle changes, and supplements. With her background in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), she briefly highlights Chinese Medicine applications.

Dr. Ambrose’s engaging teaching style makes such complex topics like PNI and immunology fun, interesting, and easily digestible. As an experienced clinician, she focuses on the clinically-relevant aspects of these detailed fields of study. You will walk away from this course with new and research-backed tools for supporting your patients who have autoimmune disease.

Course Content

  • The Immune System in Autoimmune Disease 2h 21min
  • Naturopathic Approaches to Treatment 1h 52min


Dr. Ambrose is a noted educator, teaching at both the Natural College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). She offers professional seminars in the Northwest, Montana, Hawaii, and the Dominican Republic. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Biochemistry from Evergreen State College in 1975 and a degree in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1976, followed by an advanced degree in acupuncture from the same institution in 1977. Dr. Ambrose earned the distinction of Naturopathic Doctor from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1989. Her private practice focuses on oncology, endocrinology, cardiology, immunology, acupuncture, and women’s health. Dr. Ambrose has been selected as one of Portland's most outstanding medical professionals by Portland Monthly Magazine's Top Doctors & Nurses 2014.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    2.125 CEUs total (up to 2.125 CEUs Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    4.25 credits total (up to 4.25 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    4.25 CEUs total (up to 4.25 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    2.125 CPDs total (up to 2.125 CPDs Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    4.25 CMEs total (up to 4.25 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    4.25 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    4.25 credits total (up to 4.25 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    4.25 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    4.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    4.25 CEUs total (up to 4.25 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    4.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    4.25 CEs total (up to 4.25 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    4.25 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    4.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    4.25 contact hours total (up to 4.25 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    4.25 credits total (up to 4.25 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    4.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    4.25 CEs total (up to 4.25 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    4.25 hours total (up to 4.25 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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