This is a really powerful peace because so often we hear from Naturopathic Doctors “don’t suppress your symptoms”, but what symptoms are we looking to minimize and what symptoms are we looking to encourage?
To survive, our body is constantly defending itself from allergens, bacteria, viruses, poisons, environmental stresses, psychological stresses and unforeseen attacks. Over time, the body has developed sophisticated means of responding to these assaults. The body creates fever and inflammation to burn out invading germs and isolate foreign substances. It develops coughs, runny noses, diarrhea and vomiting to expel the body of pathogens (bad invading bugs) and pain to draw attention to an injured or diseased part of the body to stimulate a healing response.
The bodies goal is to defend and ultimately heal in order to survive. It is the inherent wisdom of the human body!
Although, each body still has limitations and it is the job of the Naturopathic Doctor to determine where the body needs help defending and repairing.
In acute cases like the flu, food poisoning, minor colds, ect…we want to encourage the symptoms of fever, runny nose, cough, diarrhea within HEALTH PARAMETERS so that the body can extract bad bugs and begin its healing process. If these symptoms are suppressed, then you are actually driving the sickness DEEPER into your cellular make-up. This can result is the returning of your symptoms times 10 later or the creation of a new and more serious symptom.
We call this the process of disease.
The symptoms previous talked about would be are good symptoms. It is a sign that our immune system/body is responding. More chronic symptoms are not as great. They are partially good because they serve a purpose, they are telling us something is out of balance. They too are not symptoms you want to suppress. Instead you want to search for the deeper meaning as to WHY you are presenting with your symptom and begin healing that aspect of you, so that eventually the chronic symptoms begins to disappear!