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Inflammation is known as the body’s attempt to protect itself by trying to remove foreign substances from the body, and start the healing process. Although inflammation helps heal wounds, too much inflammation, and inflammation lasting for long periods of time, is harmful to the body. 

Two Types Of Inflammation:

Acute Inflammation

Acute Inflammation begins fast and lasts for a few days to possibly a few weeks. It can become severe quickly. Some examples of acute inflammation are the common cold, the flu, bronchitis, headache, or joint pain. A person may experience pain, immobility, being flushed, or swollen.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic Inflammation lasts for several months to years. It occurs from chronic exposure to a low-intensity irritant/toxin or an auto-immune response to an allergen. Allergies, arthritis, heart disease, thyroid disorder, diabetes, and most cancers are linked to chronic inflammation.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of a joint(s).  It may be caused by an underlying disease, infection, or a genetic defect. Arthritis may cause chronic pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints.

Common Types of Arthritis

There are over 100 different kinds of arthritis. Some common forms of arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis: the most common type.  It is a degenerative “wear-and-tear” joint disease where pain and swelling stem from the progressive loss of cartilage in the joints.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis:  the second most common type of arthritis.  It is characterized by inflammation, swelling, fatigue, and pain in the hands (especially the knuckles), wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, and feet.
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis:  It come in multiple forms and affects young children.

Arthritis Symptoms

Symptoms can vary depending on what type of arthritis it is. Common symptoms include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion in the affected region (joints)

By treating the underlying cause of the chronic inflammation, arthritis can be remarkably lessened or reversed. By taking a natural approach to treating arthritis and creating a personalized treatment plan, positive results are felt quickly.

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2201 Webster Street
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San Francisco, CA 94115
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