Crohn’s Disease Treatment with LDN
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition that attacks the large intestine and/or small intestine. The disease is named after the doctor who described its symptoms first. It is one of the many disorders falling under the classification of IBD or inflammatory bowel disease.
The medical community considers inflammatory bowel disorder as autoimmune in nature since it is difficult to pinpoint exact causes of the disorder. Autoimmune condition refers to a situation in which the immune system attacks rather than protects healthy issues.
Mild symptoms of Crohn’s disease involve malabsorption of nutrients and frequent diarrhea. More severe cases may cause chronic obstruction and fistula formation. The condition is difficult to live with causing cramping, pain, and other issues.
The difficult part about the condition is that the medications and lifestyle changes prescribed by a doctor don’t always work. In fact, prescription drugs are only effective in about 20% patients. Fortunately, low dose naltrexone (LDN) can provide real relief and make this debilitating condition easier to live with.
American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), led by Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides safe and proven compounding medications to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.
Implications of Low Dose Naltrexone on the Human Body
Naltrexone is available in both low dose and full-strength doses. Both doses work towards blocking the brain’s opiate receptors which sends pain signals or initiates other issues associated with the disease. The difference between full strength and low dose version is that the low dose wears off in a few hours.
According to medical research, a rebound effect is created by temporarily blocking opiate receptors. This results in the enhanced production of beta-endorphin, met-enkephalin, and other endogenous opioids. LDN is useful in enhancing the expression of opioid receptors too.
LDN in Relation to the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Medical research has proposed two theories explaining the effect of LDN in controlling the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. However, you should know that it is not yet completely clear how LDN initiates changes in the brain.
The first theory is that endogenous opioids have an analgesic as well as a stress-relieving effect. People that have lived with Crohn’s for a long time would know that reducing stress levels can have a significant impact on the severity of symptoms.
The second theory is based on the body’s immune cells that contain opioid receptors. Endogenous and exogenous opioids play an important role in the functioning of the immune system. By introducing LDN in the body, it can positively enhance immune cell activity. This means the immune system will cease attacking healthy cells and tissues.
LDN is a reasonable treatment option given the fact that patients usually don’t experience any side effects from the low dose therapy. Many doctors have begun adding it to therapy regimen. In fact, there are several research studies suggesting that low dose naltrexone is a valuable therapy option in patients with active Crohn’s disease.
AIP provides advanced compounding pharmacy solutions, including online prescription refills to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.
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