Inflammation causes and effects on your body

What is inflammation? And why is it increasingly viewed as one of the biggest threats to our health – with numerous studies demonstrating the connection between inflammation and serious ailments like obesity and heart disease?

However, there are many markers that indicate early signs of chronic inflammation, such as:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Digestive problems
  • Brain fog
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Weight gain
  • Gum disease
  • Low mood

These lower level symptoms are crucial indicators, that allow us to address inflammation in its early stages. Surely it would be better to treat the signs of underlying inflammation as it occurs rather than wait until it turns into something more complicated?

In the words of Dr Stephen Chang, ‘If minor health problems do not develop, major health problems do not develop.’

Based on the tenets of Classical Chinese Medicine, the Hayo’u Method works to clear inflammation on a daily basis, to support your body and prevent illness getting a foothold.

Before we explain how it works, the first step is to understand what inflammation is and why it’s such an issue.

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What is inflammation?

Inflammation is crucial for wound healing and a useful mechanism in the body’s defences. It is a totally normal bodily function, generally triggered by the immune system on spotting an invader or damage to tissue that must be kept under control.

The immune system stimulates different cells and proteins, like white blood cells, to help eliminate the threat of invasion and repair any damaged tissue. Inflammation is instigated by chemical mediators called cytokines that recruit other parts of the immune system to help with healing.

But why is inflammation a problem? Well, it turns into an issue when the immune system becomes faulty and triggers the inflammatory response unnecessarily. This happens when the immune system fails to distinguish between itself and external pathogens.

It also happens when the immune system is in overdrive, which in turn creates excessive inflammation.

An overactive immune system that attacks the body’s own tissues will eventually lead to autoimmune disease.

 

Types of inflammation

Acute inflammation occurs within a few minutes to a few hours. Symptoms such as swelling and pain will be obvious. For example, a wrist sprain:  in this case, the redness, swelling and pain is usually a contained response and will go away as the tissue heals. Acute inflammation shows that the body is repairing itself.

The onset of chronic inflammation is much slower and subtle. But as the name suggests, chronic inflammation is long-term, often leading to progressive tissue damage and autoimmune diseases.

Allergies are another common sign of chronic inflammation. People who suffer allergies have an immune system which launches an immune response to harmless substances, such as pollen, as if they are a threat to the body. This activates an immune response and causes persistent sneezing, mucus, and inflammation as the body tries to expel the perceived pathogen.

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And then there’s stress. Prolonged cases can lead to chronic stress, potentially resulting in chronic inflammation. While the stress hormone cortisol plays a positive role in regulating the inflammatory response, chronic stress can dampen the hormone’s ability to do so, leaving the inflammation unchecked. In parallel, chronic stress also seems to increase the production of certain inflammatory white blood cells, which the body sends to sites of threatened infection. When the trigger is stress rather than an actual infection, these are either distributed around the body or focussed on old areas of historical trauma, causing muscle tension and pain.

An unbalanced immune system responding to unabated inflammation can stimulate or worsen most chronic conditions including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, autism, dementia, depression, allergy, asthma and especially autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, and inflammatory bowel disease.

How to prevent serious cases of inflammation

Based on the tenets of Classical Chinese medicine, the Hayo’u Method works to clear inflammation on a daily basis, to support your body and prevent illness getting a foothold.

From the Beauty and Body Restorer Ritual to the Reset Ritual, these techniques take just a few minutes a day. But, if practised regularly, they should help provide an anti-inflammatory effect.

You can find out more about these rituals by visiting our dedicated page.

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