The Meaning of Symptoms

Many therapeutic protocols are born from an aberrant interpretation: the symptoms are universally considered as expressions of disease, while in fact, they are the exact opposite.

All the symptoms that appear in the course of a disease are expressions of the body’s reaction mechanism and are thus evaluated.

Let’s try to reflect on some common symptoms:

  • Inflammation is the healing process of the body.
  • Vomiting is the mechanism by which the body clears the stomach from harmful or toxic substances or elements.
  • Diarrhea is the mechanism by which the body gets rid of poisoning or damaging substances as fast as possible.
  • Cough is the mechanism by which the body can expel phlegm formed in the course of the defense from the larynx, bronchi, and lungs.
  • Fever is the defense system that “burns” the germs and prevents their growth.
  • Pain is the mechanism that induces the body to not fulfill determined movements or activities, in order to avoid further damage to the damaged organ.
  • Muscular contraction is a mechanism by which the body faces a temporarily injured district.

Let’s look to the example of “lumbago”, a disease almost all of us have incurred during our life, and reflect on the meaning of the symptoms that appear during this very painful and debilitating disease.

The muscle contractions of the spine act as a “cast”. In this way, the body prevents movement that would risk to expand the damages.

The pain is the most effective tool that the body can achieve to prevent the affected subject to move freely, also in this case amplifying stress on the affected area.

The inflammation is the process by which the body “repairs” the injury in place.

Any medical textbook teaches this to students, but then veterinarians and pharmacists often work in exactly the opposite direction.

The more revealing example perhaps is the very real meaning of inflammation.

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