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  • Writer's pictureJaime Heer, FNTP

An Integrative Approach to Chronic Infections

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

an integrative approach to chronic infections

Are chronic infections taking a toll on your life, leaving you drained of energy and impacting your well-being? At Origins Integrative Medicine we understand the disruptive nature of these conditions, and we are here to support you on your journey towards healing and reclaiming control of your health.

A chronic infection refers to an infection that persists over an extended period, typically lasting for weeks, months, or even years. They occur when the immune system is unable to fully eliminate the infectious agent, allowing it to linger and cause ongoing health issues.

Common examples include:

Chronic/reactivated Epstein-Barr Virus

Chronic respiratory infections

Candida overgrowth

Chronic vaginitis

Chronic sinusitis

Recognizing the Symptoms

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of infection and the affected body system. Common signs include:

  1. Fatigue and lack of energy

  2. Joint and muscle pain

  3. Digestive issues, such as bloating or irregular bowel movements

  4. Skin reactions, rash, eczema

  5. Recurring UTI or yeast infections

  6. Swollen lymph nodes

  7. Headaches

  8. Brain fog, difficulty concentrating, or memory problems

  9. Sleep disturbances

  10. Weakened immune system leading to frequent illnesses

Addressing Chronic Infections Naturally

We understand that chronic infections can be complex, and simply treating the symptoms may not provide lasting relief. That's why our dedicated team of practitioners focuses on addressing the root causes to your concerns. We work closely with you to uncover any underlying factors that may be contributing to your condition, such as immune system imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and environmental toxins. We utilize strategies that encompass a range of modalities, including personalized dietary recommendations, targeted supplementation, herbal medicine, IV therapy and lifestyle modifications.

Dr. Michelle Cárdenas
Dr. Michelle Cárdenas

Dr. Cárdenas, a renowned naturopathic doctor at our clinic, specializes in treating chronic infections. With her expertise and compassionate approach, she can help you uncover the underlying causes of your infection and design a personalized treatment plan.

Together, we can work towards restoring your vitality!

We are here to support you on your journey towards optimal health and well-being. If you suspect a chronic infection or have any concerns, please reach out to us with any questions or to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated practitioners:

Here are some natural strategies that can be beneficial on your healing journey:

  1. Nutrition: A balanced diet rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats, is vital for supporting immune function. Avoid processed foods, refined sugars, and excessive alcohol, as they can impair immune response.

  2. Supplements: Certain supplements can provide additional support for the immune system and help fight infections. These may include vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, probiotics, and herbal remedies like echinacea or garlic extract. However, always consult with a healthcare professional before starting new supplements.

  3. Stress Management: Chronic infections can be exacerbated by stress. Engaging in stress-reducing activities like meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, or spending time in nature can have a positive impact on your immune system.

  4. Sleep and Rest: Prioritize getting adequate sleep and allowing your body to rest. During sleep, the body repairs and regenerates, bolstering the immune system's ability to fight infections.

  5. Gut Health: A healthy gut is essential for a strong immune system. Consuming probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi can promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria.

  6. Individualized Treatment: Each person's situation is unique, and our Naturopathic Doctors will create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This may include herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, or other therapies.

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