Muscle and Joint Inflammation
As part of immunity, inflammation is one of the most basic human processes. It is our body's natural reaction to invasion by an infectious agent, toxin, physical, chemical or traumatic damage. It helps to establish a physical barrier against the spread of infection, and promote healing of any damaged tissue after the clearance of pathogens. However inflammation is also a part of the process that damages body tissues in many diseases including inflammatory diseases of joints and muscles. The most common forms are osteoarthritis, rheumatic arthritis and myositis.
Are The FOODS You Eat To Blame?
There is considerable evidence in the scientific literature that implicates commonly consumed foods with inflammatory process. Inflammation occurs as a result of an immune response to materials perceived as “foreign” to the body. Continuous consumption of the particular offending foodstuff will create a vicious cycle, ultimately leading to tissue damage with further implications for neutrophil recruitment and sensitisation.
The Wimbledon Clinic now offers an extensive blood test to evaluate the reaction of your neutrophils to an extensive range of foodstuffs, and grades the reactions on a scale of 1-4. By subsequently avoiding the foods that cause reaction over a given period of time, the body environment is allowed to re-establish a normal and disease-free functional state.
Do you have an ESSEENTIAL FATTY ACID deficiency or imbalance?
As their name indicates, essential fatty acids are essential to the human health. Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and inflammatory joints and muscles diseases. It is important to maintain an appropriate balance of omega-3 and omega-6 in the diet, as these two substances work together to promote health. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, and most omega-6 fatty acids tend to promote inflammation. An inappropriate balance of these essential fatty acids contributes to the development of disease while a proper balance helps maintain and even improve health.
The Wimbledon Clinic now offers a comprehensive essential fatty acid test.
Do you have a MINERAL deficiency or imbalance?
Body that is suffering a mineral imbalance may produce inflammation in the bones, joints and cartilage due to the accumulation of toxic minerals, mostly calcium. The balance of minerals is very delicate and when levels of one mineral decrease, levels of other minerals may increase. In some cases, excess calcium will end up in joints, causing arthritic spurs and other problems associated with inflammatory joints and muscles diseases.
The Wimbledon Clinic now offers comprehensive testing of mineral balance.
Based on the test results we will custom build a treatment programme for you. It might include taking herbs, nutritional supplements or homoeopathics.
When inflammation becomes harmful
Inflammation becomes problematic when it is severe or long-term. The inflammatory response does not shut off, immune system becomes overactive, free radicals escape from the cells and start destroying healthy tissues. This can happen when an immune stimulus persists for a prolonged period of time, beyond that in which the immune system would normally have eliminated the it. Long-term inflammation, even mild, can alter cellular functioning and lead to disease.
If inflammation develops into chronic systemic inflammation, it is not confined to a particular tissue, but involves the lining of blood vessels, nervous, endocrine and many other internal organs and systems. This inflammatory process is often associated with free radical damage and oxidative stress and may not cause pain, as some internal organs do not relay pain. Because there is no pain, you may not be aware of the serious damage systemic inflammation is causing, often leading to chronic, debilitating and even life-threatening diseases.
Conventional treatment for inflammation
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and gold compounds; and steroid-based drugs such as corticosteroids and immuno-suppressive drugs are widely used for treatment of chronic inflammation. However, due to the wide range of adverse side effects including stomach irritation, gastritis or ulcers caused by long-term use of these medications, they should be used only for short-term relief. Moreover, corticosteroids and immuno-suppressants can cause serious side effects by lowering immune function. If we take away the protective side of inflammation, we are at threat of attack from those invaders that our immune system usually eliminates. This dual nature makes treating inflammation complicated. This is one of the reasons why Natural Medicine can be so invaluable in treatment of inflammation.