Chronic Health Conditions

Chronic health conditions occur when there are symptoms of ill health for an extended period of time, many weeks or months and some times years. Often there is a wide range of symptoms in different parts of the body. You may have gone to your GP or specialists and either had a diagnosis or perhaps there is no definite diagnosis at all. Araleena specialises in these cases and works to unravel the causes of your ill health.

chronic health conditionsThere are many chronic health conditions where conventional medicine has limited treatment options but where naturopathy has herbal and nutritional treatments that work. There are usually underlying reasons for ill health that developed over a long period of time before your illness was apparent. These need to be addressed along with your particular condition. Araleena uses Asyra screening along with Healthscope functional pathology tests to identify what is wrong and how best to treat it.

There are usually underlying reasons for ill health that developed over a long period of time before your illness was apparent. These need to be addressed along with your particular condition. Araleena will collate all the testing that you have had to date and then organise functional pathology testing to identify the main drivers of your ill health.  This may include genetic screening if it is indicated.

Common causes associated with chronic illness are pathogens (virus, bacteria, fungus, mould, parasites, and other micro-organisms), toxic substances (pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, heavy metals), allergic reactions, and a dysregulation of the immune system. It is rarely just one of these issues and other individual factors are usually also involved.

There can also be methylation issues, which occur either as a consequence or are an underlying cause of a chronic health condition.  Some of the genes involved in methylation and the folate cycle are MTHFR, there are a raft of other genes that affect methylation which is the second most frequent chemical reaction in the body and affects every from liver detoxification capacity, production of neurotransmitters (sleep, mood, gut, mental clarity), energy production and the regulation of hormones.  As a consequence patients with impaired methylation tend to suffer from chronic pain syndromes, chronic infections, migraines, chemical sensitivities, iron overload, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, autoimmunity, food sensitivities, leaky gut, mental disorders, various cancers, and hormone imbalance.

When there is an auto-immune disease we need to work very closely with diet and uncovering the pathogens and other factors which are causing disruption in the immune system. It is often this disruption that then leads to the over activity of the immune function, causing inflammation and damage to cells.