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Inflammations are natural to our health, as long as they are not chronic, because then they act "silently" at the expense of the organism and can lead us to adventures. Is there a way to reduce them without drugs?

Inflammation is part of the natural immune response of the body to injury or invasion by what the body perceives as a dangerous pathogen that can cause disease. Prolonged or abnormal inflammation can cause problems, increasing the risk of various illnesses or their worsening, such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, chronic pain and much more. Generally, the condition contains the composite -type indicating inflammation (e.g., bronchitis, rhinitis, etc.).
 Do medicines cure inflammation?

Western medicine provides treatments for inflammatory conditions, such as anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids. These drugs act by suppressing the natural immune response of the body, thus preventing inflammation and pain. The point, however, is that they usually provide welcome short-term relief but do not treat the underlying cause of inflammation, while long-term use may lead to some annoying side effects.

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is considered to be a safe and effective method for the treatment of inflammatory conditions, including pain and chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, asthma and many others. This method can reduce inflammation in the body by affecting the body's cytokines, which are proteins secreted by the immune system and affect how cells interact.Certain cytokines promote an inflammatory response and acupuncture reduces proinflammatory cytokines and increases anti-inflammatory cytokines. It also helps to stimulate the release of natural killers of the body's pain, or endorphins, to further reduce its levels.

According to Chinese medicine, inflammation and pain occur when the blood and qi or energy of life are blocked, resulting in the body being unable to heal.Acupuncture can help unleash blood flow and energy, allowing the body to heal while reducing pain and inflammation. Imagine that the inflammation is like pungent body fluids that solidify because they have no outlet and do not move. Acupuncture unblocks the fluid channels of the body's fluid, and they are eventually excreted with natural excretory pathways (urine, stools, excretion, etc.).

How else can I reduce my inflammation?

In addition to acupuncture, there are many natural ways to reduce the inflammatory response to the body. These include herbal supplements and changes in diet and lifestyle.

Here are some of the natural ways that can help reduce inflammation.

* Curcuma. It is a bright yellow spice commonly used in Asian cuisine. It contains an antioxidant called curcumin, which has been shown in studies to help reduce inflammation. Turmeric can be found in many food stores and health food stores. Take it as a supplement, use it as a spice in salty dishes, or make a turmeric tea.
* Omega 3 fatty acids. Particularly EPA and DHA have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and thus can help in many chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, inflammatory skin diseases, etc. In addition, omega 3 is useful for improving the functions of the brain and nervous system. Omega 3 you can get through your diet consuming foods that are rich sources of this, but also through supplements. Foods rich in omega 3 are oily fish (salmon, sardines, herring), olive oil, nuts and flax seeds.
* Stress management. Studies show that chronic stress can increase and activate the immune system cells that enter the blood stream, thus leading to increased inflammation. Therefore, stress management plays a very important role in fighting inflammation in the body. Acupuncture is a great natural and effective way to treat stress and stress. Some other methods for reducing stress include moderate exercise, meditation, yoga and diaphragmatic breathing.
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