Inflammation: a necessary evil

Inflammation: a necessary evil

Why inflammation makes sense

Inflammation is the body's response to pathogens and the initial spark for self-healing and part of the immune system.
An irritated tooth root, osteoarthritis of the knee or just a simple sunburn. Inflammation is usually painful. Paradoxically, however, they are specifically used by therapists in therapy.

Any inflammation leads to a significant immune response in the body. Natural enzymes (proteins), which the body receives through food, promote the healing process.

They perform three tasks: they attract cells that fight infection, they form a physical barrier and they stimulate tissue repair. Five signs of inflammation: redness, overheating, swelling, pain, reduced function. However, these five characters are not always recognizable and usually only partially detectable.

Fighting cancer cells and spoiled food Professor Eugen Faist, head of the experimental surgery department with a focus on inflammation research at the Großhadern Clinic, points out the need for inflammation:

“Inflammation is primarily a good process, otherwise we wouldn't even survive a spoiled pudding. The so-called immunoinflammatory system, for example, destroys millions of tumor cells that circulate in our body every day. Without inflammation, cancer would result. "

Most people do not notice many inflammations in the body. Only when the body is significantly affected. The body usually heals the common cold virus, sunburn or stomach bacteria.

Inflammation Against Diseases Doctors have made use of the healing effects of inflammatory processes in which different cells of the immune system work together: in response to the release of messenger substances (cytokines), the blood vessels dilate and become more permeable. As a result, the attracted repair cells (leukocytes) reach the tissue better.

Skin inflammation from pepper for relaxed muscles If you apply a patch of capsaicin to your neck when your muscles are tense, you are using the pepper active ingredient as a trigger for a mild inflammation of the skin. The strong blood flow associated with burning and redness warms the skin deep down on the skin and loosens the muscles.

Varicose veins and broom tearers desolate doctors by injecting a substance into the affected veins that ignites their inner walls. The blood vessel sticks together and the bluish discoloration disappears. An artificial inflammation is initiated to initiate healing.

New muscle cells By injecting a mixture of the patient's blood and heparin into the focus of the injury, sports physicians try to heal muscle injuries, such as torn fibers, faster and without scarring. “Due to the inflammatory activity of the blood cells, destroyed muscle cells are eaten and transported away. This speeds up the build-up of new muscle fibers, ”says inflammation expert Faist.

Bee venom against rheumatism In alternative medicine, bee venom is used against rheumatic complaints. So-called apitherapy uses ointments and syringes with bee venom. The onset of inflammatory processes is said to suppress swelling, inflammation and pain in the joints. So far, however, the effects have hardly been proven by studies.

Inflammation counteracts enzymes that are supplied to the body via enzyme-rich foods or appropriate food supplements can intercept the free radicals and thus promote a fast healing process. However, since today's foods contain hardly any active enzymes, it is advisable to add enzymatically active food concentrates.

It is advisable to consider a holistic concept that includes both a precise analysis of the eating habits and a corresponding recommendation for a basic bowel cleansing. (fr)

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