Suppressing Symptoms?

Unless it’s a life threatening condition, often the suppression of symptoms with medication like NSAIDs or Paracetamol might be doing more harm than good.

Have you considered maybe the symptoms are part of our body’s natural healing processes?

And that interfering with them might lead to more problems in the future?

A fever is a perfect example of how the body raises its temperature to up-regulate metabolic processes so that the immune system can overcome infectious pathogens like viruses or bacteria.

If the fever is within reasonable temperatures (adults <40ºC/104ºF, children <39ºC/103ºF) it is better to let it run its course.

Besides, there are many herbs that work with the fever and not against it.

Andrographis and Echinacea help stimulate the immune system while Yarrow promotes sweating (diaphoretic action) and actually relieves the fever but does not suppress its positive effects on the illness.

Another harmful example might be the over-reliance of antihistamines for allergic reactions or antacids for heartburn.

Both of these suppress symptoms but do nothing to address the cause. Ultimately, the oversuppression of symptoms lead to more problems in the long run.

In summary

I like to think that our symptoms are messages from our bodies, trying to tell us that something is wrong.

And that some things in our lives are hurting our bodies and we need to change change that.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Peace, Love & Health
J.T.

⚠️ Always consult a qualified health practitioner like a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist before making changes to your medication ⚠️

This is the 3rd post on this series on the 1st Naturopathic Principle: “First, Do No Harm”

Posts in this series so far:

  1. What is Naturopathy?
  2. Overview of the Naturopathic Profession
  3. Naturopathic Philosophies: Vitalism and Holism
  4. “First, Do No Harm” (Naturopathic Principle 1)

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