Online seminar recap: Naturopathic approaches to combat inflammation

Holistic strategies to reduce inflammatory conditions

In this seminar, Ben Klinck, Naturopathic Doctor and Director of Naturopathy at Medcan, addressed how inflammation impacts our health and how a naturopathic approach can alleviate common inflammatory conditions. He reminded participants that his advice is for educational and information purposes only and highly recommends getting personalized advice from a professional.

Dr. Klinck says he talks about inflammation with almost every patient he sees and applies strategies from four different areas for treatment and prevention. These areas are:

General anti-inflammatory supplements

As much as whole foods are key to our best health, certain supplements are almost as high in value when it comes to reduce inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids are chief among the encouraged supplementation because of the reduced risk of ingesting heavy metals like mercury found in certain fish. Fish oil supplements ensure clean absorption, while different ratios (Omega 3 to 6) can reduce inflammatory markers in different ways.

Olive oil in whole form — taken by the tablespoonful in a smoothie or salad dressing — also has anti-inflammatory components.

Don’t dismiss Vitamin D

Dr. Klinck spoke about this vitamin’s ability to improve immunity and decrease incidence of colds and flus. Even in the summer, Dr. Klinck encourages his patients to take around 2,000 IU of Vitamin D per day since sunblock prevents the skin’s ability to create and synthesize the vitamin.

Treating specific conditions through supplementation

Irritable bowel syndrome, digestion, joint health and fibromyalgia can all be addressed through specific herbal medicines and supplementation. Depending on your genetic and biological makeup, certain supplements work better than others. New options include new egg membrane for cartilage building and rhodiola rosea for pain relief.

Acupuncture: an alternative treatment to stress management

One-time use, surgical grade needles are inserted into the skin at acupuncture points that have been mapped onto meridians corresponding to different organ systems. Dr. Klinck explained how this ancient Chinese Medicine practice can help with allergic rhinitis, autoimmune disorders, autonomic nervous system regulation, immunodeficiency syndromes, tissue trauma, healing, and pain management.

Watch the full online seminar below.

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