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.
There 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 traditional naturopathic screening methods along functional pathology tests to identify what is out of balance and how best to treat it.
There are usually underlying reasons for ill health that developed over a lengthy period of time before your illness became apparent. These need to be addressed along with your particular condition. Araleena will collate all the testing that you have had to date and organise any additional standard pathology or 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.
One frequent and fundamental issue is problems within methylation. Methylation is the second most common chemical reaction occurring in the body. Methylation issues can occur as a consequence of ill health or can be a primary underlying cause of a chronic health condition. One of the genes involved in methylation and the folate cycle is MTHFR gene – this gene gets a lot of publicity and is frequently tested. However there are a raft of other genes that affect methylation and the MTHFR gene mutation only tells you one page of a whole story. Methylation affects most organs and functions 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 symptoms that are broad and varied such as chronic pain syndromes, chronic infections, migraines, chemical sensitivities, iron issues, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, autoimmunity, food sensitivities, leaky gut, mental disorders, various cancers, and hormone imbalance.
Autoimmunity is another area we often see complicated symptoms and entrenched ill health. When there is an auto-immune disease we need to work very closely with diet and uncovering any pathogens and other factors which are causing disruption in the immune function. It is often this disruption that then leads to abnormal activity of the immune system, causing inflammation and damage to cells.