The human body in its entirety is in perfect health in a balanced equilibrium, a balance of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements (TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine).Disease is therefore a disharmony of these elements.
The “patient” is no longer in resonance (harmony) with his environment or the Seasons and their social environment.The main causes of disease are:
- Genetics / Cellular predisposition
- Life habits, diet, relationship, career, social environment
- Pollution, pathogens influences, accidents
Since our body is at every moment in interaction with the environment, it must necessarily be able to compensate for the different stimuli acting on it.
The stimulus must be perceived as such, processed and counteract an impending imbalance.
The larger, more disturbing the charm and the longer its exposure, the more difficult and costly counter-regulation will be.
For the body is a sophisticated evolutionary grown and highly sensitive network available, similar to a sophisticated computer system.
This network takes place within the neuroendocrine-immune system (NEI).
Here act, among other such as the central and peripheral nervous system, the organs of hormone control and production with the innate and acquired immune system.
There are also individual characteristics and mental abilities that distinguish humans from other living beings.
Harmful stimuli can have different causes:
- mechanical (shock, impact, etc.)
- thermally (burn, scald, frostbite, etc.)
- chemical (corrosion)
- biologically (penetration of parasites such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, worms, etc.)
- mentally (accident, stress, etc.)
- electromagnetic (radio waves, etc.)
- radioactive (earth radiation, nuclear accidents, etc.)
- medical (injections, surgery, dental treatments, etc.)
Stimuli can occur once (acute) or over a period of time (chronic) on the body.
They are also referred to as stress.
Our bodies, programmed for survival, have learned to counteract stress with a corresponding response.
Inflammation has an important role here.
Some authors call it “fire in the body”.
In acute situations, they serve to break down damaged tissue to recycle and regenerate.
Invading pathogens can be attacked and “burned”.
This system has been trained developmentally.
It is visible or noticeable as localized redness, swelling, heat, pain and functional limitation.
Systemically fever, general malaise, loss of appetite, etc. can occur.
If the stimuli is maintained over a long period of time and at the same time as other things, it can result in chronic diseases with persistent inflammation.
It can persist and continue until tissue, organs or the entire body is destroyed.
Chronic inflammation can become self sustainable after removal of stimuli and make unstoppable progress (vicious circle = morbid cycle).
Cause of persistent stimuli are usually not caused by pathogens.
The attack on invading pathogens has been being developed by our bodies for thousands of years and after a successful defense, the system can slow down again.
The influenza infection was over after a few days, the system was in balance again and able to regenerate.
Unlike the case with the permanent threat posed by chemicals, electromagnetic waves or mental stress.
Here the defense mechanisms do not work, these causes can not be “burned”, it results in a persistent chronic inflammation with a consumption of material such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements etc.
A special feature of chronic inflammation is often a lack of awareness of the body (“silent inflammation”).
For a long time there are no or only nonspecific symptoms.
These can not be attributed to a cause and remain completely undetected.
It develops a progressive imbalance between assembly and disassembly of tissues in the aforementioned systems.
Already at an early stage imbalances in the system can be detected with appropriate laboratory tests.
With progressive inflammation, tissues and organs are irreversibly damaged and it can only be detected using imaging techniques such as ultrasound sonography, X-ray, CT, MRI.
It makes sense to recognize and treat inflammation at an early stage to protect against permanent damage.
This way, it is not always possible to find the causes and remedy..
However, there is a need to slow down the inflammation and compensate for deficits detected in the body.
After initial correction, it is advisable to check the pathologically altered laboratory parameters during treatment.
Here thare are no general schemes.
Any therapy must be individualized according to lab results and individual.