Research has led to the discovery of the role that the immune system and inflammation play in the development of a wide range of health conditions. And with this post written by a Ballarat healthcare professional, let us learn how naturopathy works with inflammation and disease development cases.

The immune system triggers inflammation, it uses it as part of its innate immune response. Inflammation is used to reduce the damage an outside agent can cause while also trying to provide support to your cells so that they can heal any damage that has occurred.

This is great if the immune system can eliminate whatever caused the immune response.

Chronic Inflammation

It is when there is a failure that inflammation becomes problematic. If the ‘infectious agent’ that caused the immune response isn’t eliminated, or the tissue damage isn’t healed, your body develops a sustained inflammatory response, aka chronic inflammation. This can cause further damage and lead to the potential development of chronic disease.

Chronic Disease

There are different diseases that have been proven to be triggered by chronic, unresolved inflammation including:

An additional impact of chronic inflammation is the depletion of antioxidants. This, coupled with an increased production of free radicals, leads to an increased risk of cellular damage. This damage increases the risk of developing other conditions such as metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease, or cancer.

Naturopathic Approach for Inflammation and Disease Development

If you have experienced chronic inflammation, or you think you may have, it is a good idea to have a chat with your naturopath. They can help get you started on the pathway to help reduce inflammation and help figure out what might be triggering it for you. Ways that they may look at helping to support your health include:

  • Modulation of key inflammatory pathways
  • Reduce or inhibit the production of inflammatory cytokines
  • Reduce production of reactive oxygen species and support your bodies antioxidant production
  • Support wound healing and tissue integrity

And for in-depth and personalised naturopathic approach with from Ballarat naturopathy, don’t hesitate to book your appointment today.

Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Nicki Stewart

Nicki has always been drawn to Holistic Health and she follows in her mother’s footsteps who is a Reflexologist and Natural Therapist. Nicki was inspired to study Herbal Medicine after attending one of Dr. Sandi Rogers’ (Naturopath, Director of National College of Traditional Medicine and former President of Australian Traditional Medicine Society) seminars on ‘Fruits […]

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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