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Inflammation: Pros and Cons... Yes, I Just Said Pros

By vitalhf, May 22 2019 02:00PM

By Jonathan M. Sasser, M.S.O.M., L.Ac.

Inflammation, it’s the big bad elephant, that everyone in the wellness world loves to talk about, that is responsible for everything from joint pain to nerve degeneration, right? Well, yes and no.

Yes, unchecked inflammation can be everything from a primary cause of a condition to an exacerbating and/or perpetuating factor. However, let’s not forget that it is also a vital characteristic of our human system. It is necessary to ramping up protective and healing mechanisms in our bodies.

I think it is important to note that there are many instances where an injury will actually heal faster by favoring more natural techniques to reduce the inflammatory response over more global means like Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). While I agree that it is sometimes necessary to use NSAIDs to allow the pain to be manageable, we can actually often achieve a deeper level of healing in the body by using the inflammation as information.

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