Inflamation is the complex way our body reacts to harmful stimuli like infections, damaged cells, trauma, allergens and irritants. The classic signs of inflammation are pain, heat, swelling and loss of function. It is not necessarily a bad thing as it is the bodies attempt to remove the stimuli, get you to rest and to initiate the healing process. It must be remembered it is the response not the cause of a problem.
When inflammation goes from an acute condition to a chronic condition this is when the condition can lead to hayfever, rheumatoid arthritis and in its worst scenario can lead to cancer.
From a medical perspective it can be treated with steroidal ( eg. prednisolone)and non steroidal anti inflammatories drugs (NSAID). Some common ones are, Mobic, Viox, Celebrex and Voltaren. Prostaglandins are hormonal - like substances in the body that contribute to inflammation, pain and fever by raising the temperature and dilating the blood vessels in the place they have been released. NSAIDs block a specific enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX) used by the body to make prostaglandins. By doing this they can reduce inflammation. This may sound good but they can cause unwanted side effects. Common side effects include:
- Gastrointestinal side effects like indigestion, stomach ache, nausea and diarrhoea.
- Raised Liver enzymes
- Fluid retention
- high blood pressure
- heart failure
- high potassium levels
- reduced kidney function
- difficult breathing
- skin rash
SOME NATURAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES AVAILABLE
Traumeel - Here at the clinic one natural anti inflamatory used for clients is Traumeel . You can use it internally or there is a Traumeel cream. This is a homeopathic remedy and is simply amazing. you can use it with sports injury , sinus, trauma and pain. It has no side effects and is completley natural.