How LDN Can Help Inflammation
WHAT IS CHRONIC INFLAMMATION?
Chronic inflammation refers to a long-lasting immune response resulting in inflammation (several months or even years), and is a common thread in disease and disorders. As an immune response, chronic inflammation can account for symptoms of swelling, pain, and illness (both mental and physical). Inflammation can be visible outside the body, as well as affecting the nerves, organs, and tissues inside the body. Inflammation can also create a disease state, leaving the immune system further compromised, and/or creating an autoimmune response where the body begins to attack itself.
Depending on the type and duration of inflammation, there are many over-the-counter, and prescription anti-inflammatory medications available. While these medications can help alleviate some symptoms of inflammation (pain, swelling, and sickness), they can also have adverse side effects to the organs in the body. There are also non-pharmacological approaches, for example; exercise, acupuncture, and diet.
HERE’S WHERE THE GOOD NEWS BEGINS!
REGULATING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Endorphins! Endorphins are the body’s natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory, mood enhancer, metabolic stabilizer, and have a known effect on regulating the immune system. Disease states can cause the body to be unable to create enough endorphins or perhaps none at all. This creates a cycle of inflammation and sickness.
Because inflammation can be an immune response in all disease states, studies are showing that by regulating the immune system with the body’s natural endorphins, patients can experience long-term success with decreasing inflammation, and other symptoms caused by their disease.
Low-Dose Naltrexone or LDN as it is commonly referred, works by kick-starting the body’s natural endorphin creating centers, thereby enhancing the regulatory effect on the immune system and helping with inflammation. Patients using LDN have seen improvement for a variety of disease states.
IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you would like more information about LDN, please call or come in to our pharmacy. Our pharmacists are happy to consult with you about LDN, and we’ll even speak to your provider.
What disease states has LDN been shown to help
LDN has been used to treat many disease states such as (but not limited to):
Grave’s Disease 3
IBS Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome3
IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease2
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome3
Rheumatoid arthritis 2
Crohn’s Disease 2
Degenerative Brain Disorders
Motor Neuro Disease2
MS Multiple Sclerosis 3
Restless Leg Syndrome3
DOSAGE FORMS OF LDN
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1) “How Naltrexone Works” https://www.ldnresearchtrust.org/how-naltrexone-works
2) “What is LDN Used For” LDN Science. February 15, 2017, https://www.ldnscience.org/ldn/what-is-ldn-used-for
3) Elsegood, L. et al (2016). The LDN Book. White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing.
4) “15 Proven Benefits and Uses for Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)” October 11, 2017 http://www.selfhacked.com/blog/top-22-scientific-health-benefits-low-dose-naltrexone/
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