The healing process is an absolute priority in terms of energy provision within the body.
An acute inflammation is like a smouldering flame that makes the affected parts of the body – whether through injury or infection – heat up. The energy generated by the mitochondria as part of the metabolic process is transferred via the stress system to the inflammation and the healing process.
This takes top priority when it comes to energy provision and occurs as part of a strictly coordinated and temporary process. Once the healing process is complete, the heat also subsides.
It is a bit like a fire we stop feeding when we fail to put more wood on the embers. At some point, the fire will go out by itself. And so it is with any acute inflammation. This flame does not spread to become a large-scale wildfire, nor generate excessive heat that could damage the body as a whole. Nor does it become a cold, inefficient fire that years later can lead to a chronic illness. The balance of the body is preserved and wellbeing restored.
Back in the first century AD, this kind of inflammation was defined by Celsus as something with five key markers: rubor (redness), calor (overheating), tumor (swelling), dolor (pain) and functio laesa (loss of function).
Every biological classification, however, has its limits and so it is with the definition of inflammation. Between the extreme forms of acute and chronic inflammation, there are all kinds of stages in between.
Infections, for instance, are acute inflammations, but frequently present as illnesses. The body temperature is raised. We run a fever and suffer from headaches, tiredness, loss of appetite, aching limbs, back pain and insomnia. This is then compounded by the specific symptoms of the virus. All of the above phenomena are generated by the signalling molecules of the immune system (interleukins). On the whole, we feel weak and our performance is impaired accordingly as the immune system assigns all available energy to the healing process.
A very short catalogue of interventions
In case of an infection it is very important In case of infections, rest is very important due to energy redistribution, even if sleep is often difficult. A heated body consumes a lot of fluid, so drink a lot. The stomach and intestines should not burden you with unnecessary digestive work. Watch the symptoms of the disease. These should improve over the course of a week. If you feel increasingly worse, the inflammation spreads. The immune system is overwhelmed.
In acute inflammation, the organism needs a lot of rest and we need patience. It can take a week to 10 days before we feel completely fit again.
The acute inflammatory process described is the prerequisite for survival for every living being. Since we have antibiotics, we have left little room for development of these inflammations. Only then, when the antibiotics do not work, we experience how threatening an acute inflammation can be. It can spread to the entire organism and is often life-threatening. But it can also turn into a chronic process.
Acute inflammation ends with healing.
The inflammation initiates healing.
The arey an inseparable couple.
The healing process is a finely tuned communication process between numerous cells and molecules.
The main players are the immune system, the autonomic nervous system, the hormones, the vascular system and the connective tissue.
If you are acutely ill for the best of your well-being, then the healing process takes about five to 10 days.
Acute diseases are acute inflammations that are primarily caused by viruses.
• Antibiotics are ineffective in the case of viruses
• Antibiotics do not heal, they kill the bacteria
• Antibiotics need intact immunity to be effective
We control the acute inflammations quite well with the methods of "modern" medicine. Unfortunately, we are very helpless in the face of chronic inflammation. Both treating and preventing are not an integral part of our medicine. In my opinion, check-ups do not fulfill the purpose of prevention. Studies that are not popular cited prove my assumption.
If preventive medicine is detecting the illness, then chronic inflammation is already at the transition to a chronic disease. In the following chapters I talk about the chronic diseases as the tragic symptom of a chronic inflammation.