Asprin is a powerful medication, which like most drugs was plant based and 'discovered' during the 1800's. It is taken for many things, but it is most commonly known as a pain reliever. Your Doctor may also prescribe it as a preventative for Heart Disease as it reduces inflammation and reduces pain by breaking the pain cascade of inflammation. It certainly has a place in preventative and treatment protocols, but like all things, there is a risk and the risk analysis is needed. Interesting too, is that different co-compounds that asprin is used in also changes the biochemical action, and the effectiveness of the drug for the specific actions required. As mentioned, there are some aspirin side effects that you’ll want to consider first; and there are also natural alternatives worth considering.
Aspirin works by reducing the hormone-like compounds triggered when a body part is injured or immune cells realise there is a threat in the body. This can be a cut, bruise, bacterial/viral infection, bite, chemical irritant. The job of these hormone like compounds is to promote the inflammation response to draw protecting white blood cells to the area, increase blood supply, dilute/wash the area and isolate the site from spreading the infection from the containment area. Inflammation also increases blood clotting to ensure blood does not escape through the open wound. This is all very important if there is a risk of infection, cut, bruising etc that the body much contain or minimise, but, if the body is inflamed due to foods, stress, internal toxicity, immune imbalance, nutrient deficiency or it isn't turned off as it should, then these people are at greater risk of doing harm and creating even bigger problems. Anti-inflammatory treatment can save pain and long term complications, but the better treatment protocol needs to be considered and matched against the trigger, the action the immune system is taking and weigh the risk to benefit ratio. Confused? That is understandable, the body is complex and we need to consider it as you would a Porshe or anything precious.
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