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How Functional Medicine Improves Inflammation in the Body

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04/04/2024

Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response to injury or infection. Inflammation is often characterized by redness, swelling, pain, and sometimes loss of function in impacted areas. While acute inflammation is a normal and beneficial process that helps the body heal, chronic inflammation can lead to numerous health problems and chronic pain.

At Limbic Medical, we treat inflammation with functional medicine that incorporates diet, nutrition, exercise, and advanced medical treatments such as ketamine therapy to manage and reduce the impacts of chronic inflammation.

Mental Health Impact of Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is associated with a range of physical and mental health issues1, including:

Depression: Chronic inflammation can lead to depression. It can impair neurotransmitter functions and brain plasticity, leading to feelings of lethargy, sadness, and a lack of motivation. As both a cause and a consequence of inflammation, depression can create a self-perpetuating cycle where poor mental health impacts inflammatory responses, worsening the patient’s overall mental health.

Anxiety: The relationship between chronic inflammation and anxiety is rooted in the body’s stress response, which involves inflammatory pathways. Inflammation can heighten the brain’s sensitivity to stress and cause increased anxiety levels. This, in turn, can trigger more inflammation, setting up a feedback loop that perpetuates both anxiety and inflammation. Managing inflammation can break this cycle and reduce anxiety symptoms.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Chronic inflammation may also play a role in exacerbating symptoms of OCD. Inflammatory processes can affect brain function and neurotransmitter activity, potentially intensifying obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Addressing inflammation could help mitigate these symptoms and improve overall mental health outcomes for those suffering from OCD.

Chronic Pain: Chronic pain often originates from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, where inflammation leads to joint damage and significant discomfort. This pain is both a symptom and a cause of ongoing inflammation, as the body’s response to pain can continue stimulating inflammatory pathways.

Functional Medicine’s Answer for Inflammation

Functional medicine seeks to identify and address the root causes2 of chronic inflammation rather than just treating the symptoms. At Limbic Medical, we help you focus on important underlying aspects of your overall health to improve inflammation, including:

Diet

We recommend a nutrition plan rich in anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce and alleviate inflammation. We’ll also help you reduce the intake of processed foods and sugars in your diet, which can exacerbate inflammation and contribute to ongoing inflammation issues.

Sleep

Quality sleep is essential for reducing inflammation, as disrupted or insufficient sleep can worsen the condition. Our treatment plans include strategies designed to improve sleep quality, helping you get the restorative rest you need.

Exercise

Regular physical activity is a significant factor in managing inflammation. Exercise can help lower markers of inflammation while boosting overall physical and mental health. We’ll work with you to develop exercise routines that are effective, sustainable, and tailored to your fitness preferences.

Stress Management

Chronic stress3 is a known trigger for inflammation. Our treatment plans incorporate stress management techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.

Our team tailors treatment plans to each individual’s health needs, considering their medical history, current condition, and personal goals to best manage inflammation and promote long-term health.

Ketamine’s Role in Reducing Inflammation

While traditionally recognized for its role in pain relief and mood disorder treatments, ketamine can be a valuable treatment option for inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties4.

Ketamine reduces inflammation by inhibiting the activation of inflammatory cells such as cytokines and chemokines. These substances typically increase inflammation in response to injury or stress. By moderating their activity, ketamine helps diminish the overall inflammatory response.

At Limbic Medical, this knowledge guides our application of ketamine in comprehensive treatment plans that tackle both the symptoms and root causes of inflammation-related disorders.

Integrating Ketamine Treatment at Limbic Medical

Ketamine therapy is a key part of our functional medicine treatment for inflammation and related conditions, allowing us to offer immediate relief and facilitate long-term recovery.

In our clinical setting, ketamine is administered under strict supervision. Our team carefully monitors the treatment process to ensure your safety. Your dosage is tailored to your specific needs to optimize the success of your treatment.

Ketamine’s role in our treatment plans is supported by lifestyle modifications, dietary adjustments, and stress reduction techniques. These elements work together to enhance the body’s response to the treatment. This integrated approach ensures that while ketamine targets neurological pathways to alleviate pain and inflammation, other health aspects are also improved, leading to more effective and lasting results.

Why Choose Limbic Medical for Inflammation Treatment?

At Limbic Medical, we understand that chronic inflammation affects each person differently. That’s why we offer an approach tailored to each individual’s unique needs. Our method goes beyond traditional inflammation management by integrating functional medicine principles that address the root causes of your discomfort.

Our holistic approach focuses on improving your overall health and quality of life. By integrating dietary changes, exercise regimens, and stress management techniques into your treatment plan, we help mitigate the underlying factors contributing to inflammation. Our expert team will ensure that each aspect of your health is supported to promote your long-term wellness.

If you are struggling with chronic inflammation and looking for a treatment that goes beyond temporary relief, contact Limbic Medical today!

Sources:

1. “Long-term inflammation increases risk of common mental disorder: a cohort study.” Nature.com, Molecular Psychiatry, 2014

2. “Lifestyle and nutritional imbalances associated with Western diseases: causes and consequences of chronic systemic low-grade inflammation in an evolutionary context.” Science Direct, 2013

3. “How Do Stress and Inflammation Contribute to Chronic Disease? | IFM.” The Institute for Functional Medicine

4. “Alterations of multiple peripheral inflammatory cytokine levels after repeated ketamine infusions in major depressive disorder.” Translational Psychiatry, 2020