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Acute Inflammation vs. Chronic Inflammation

Acute InflammationShort-tem, or acute, inflammation is one of your body’s most powerful defense mechanisms. Swelling from increased fluids protects injured areas from further harm while the body goes into overdrive to fend off bacteria, viruses, and even parasites. It not only kills off the invaders, but damaged tissue as well, until your body eventually wins the battle.

Once inflammation has served its purpose to eliminate the external nasties the healing process can begin. Sometimes though, the body fails to end the inflammatory cycle and systemic chronic inflammation results.

While acute inflammation can save your life, chronic inflammation may help end it. When chronic inflammation becomes systemic the body actually turns on itself. It leads to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, magnifies the harmful effects of Alzheimer’s, and even promotes an internal environment favorable for cancer.

While many drugs will decrease inflammation in the body, they are not safe to consume for extended periods of time. These drugs themselves have been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. They can also damage your kidneys and other vital organs, lead to internal bleeding, and even death.

What is needed is a safer approach to reducing both localized and systemic inflammation in the body. Fortunately there are several options. And they can be used interchangeably. The four most recommended natural methods for reducing inflammation are:

      1. Ice & Heat Therapy —

Ice and heat

      can relieve both pain and inflammation


      2. Dietary Changes — Many foods increase your body’s inflammatory response (such as dairy, wheat, gluten, sugar, fried foods), while some

other foods reduce inflammation

      3. Natural Medicines — Herbs and other homeopathic remedies can be as effective at eliminating inflammation as drugs without the harmful side effects;

systemic proteolytic enzymes

      are also important in treating chronic inflammation as they break down harmful fibrin (scar tissue) caused by the excess inflammation


      4. Mind/Body Techniques — Stress related tension is directly or indirectly contributes to a significant number of disease states including inflammation;

end the stress

    and help break the inflammatory cycle

This short video on fighting inflammation introduces these options.


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  1. D V
    Posted March 2, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Swimming is another great way to help ease the pain. If you have access to a public pool or if you own one, this is a very natural way of soothing acute back pain. You may also try the “Fake Swim” on dry land. Lie on your stomach and raise your left arm and your right leg. Hold for 1 second and then alternate. This will help strengthen your lower back muscles and rid the acute pain.

  2. Sam P.
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    What a great explanation on the differences of Acute Inflammation vs. Chronic Inflammation. I for one do not like to take any medicine to reduce inflamation.

    I did not have the understanding of the difference and this helps me a great deal because I have chronic lower back pain. My pain has reduced to being almost minimal due to an inversion table. But before I had many people (including my doctor) tell me that I needed to take medicine for my inflamation.

    I like your recommendations and I started changing many things in my life; starting with my eating habit, daily exercise and stress reduction.

    I like the way you explained that there are more natural ways to reduce the inflamation.

    Thank you

  3. susan
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Jesse, you mention dairy as causing inflammation. Is there a distinction between “commercial” dairy, with all it’s hormones, antibiotics and processing, versus raw dairy, with all it’s enzymes and no processing?


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