Last Monday I discussed turmeric and it’s anti-inflammatory properties. This week I would like to discuss in more depth why we should care about inflammation. Generally speaking, the root of most disease, aches & pains, etc is due to inflammation. Inflammation can manifest in a two ways; acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is the mechanism in which the body fights against things such as infections, injury, and toxins. Chronic inflammation is the result of the acute inflammation never “going away”. Additionally, chronic inflammation can be caused by other facts such as smoking, obesity, autoimmune disorder, alcohol, chronic stress, processed “American” diet, just to name a few. When your body is undergoing chronic stress, eventually your body can start to damage healthy cells, tissues, and organs. This ultimately could lead to DNA damage, tissue death, and internal scarring. More commonly understood examples would be:
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
What can be done through diet, acupuncture, herbal medicine and supplementation to reduce chronic inflammation:
a. Eat foods that are high in omega 3s such as, oily fish
b. Consume leafy greens
c. Certain fruits such as, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, etc
d. Nuts especially english walnuts or pecans
a. Turmeric supplement *
b. Omega 3 fish oils*
* Both available at North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine
3) Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
a. Acupuncture successfully downregulates (or suppresses) a proinflammatory biochemical called TNFα. When in excess TNFα in the body can be thought of as a raging fire resulting in extreme inflammation. The suppression of TNFα through acupuncture results in an anti-inflammatory response. This anti-inflammatory effective improves the chronic build up of inflammation. Additionally, acupuncture works in a multifaceted approach to improve your quality of life. At North Shore Acupuncture and Natural Medicine our idea is to uncover the root of the problem to allow you to improve your life in many ways.
Stay tuned for our next blog on how antioxidants work and why your diet should contain more!