Let’s symptoms be

I wrote recently about the difference between symptoms, syndromes and disease. I also emphasised the importance of treating the underlying disease, not the symptom. So what should you do with your symptoms? Before I say any more, let me say that it is always important to seek medical advice for your ailments. Now that this is out the way let me say – let your symptoms be.

Imagine you have a mild fever. A fever is your body’s natural response to a bacteria or pathogen. Even a mildly elevated temperature creates an environment that is hostile for the bacteria. Yes, they die because of the higher temperature. Many good Doctors would ask you not to worry unless your temperature crosses a threshold and then too, just sponge your body so that it comes down again. Similarly, imagine you are coughing, sneezing and have a constantly runny nose. These symptoms are your natural response to inflammation or allergy in your body. Through this process, your body fights the allergy and eliminates it from your body.

Often, we seek to suppress a cough, runny nose or sneezing through medication. On the contrary, it is a weak lymphatic system which has built up toxins in your body and what you need to do is release the toxins in your lymphatic system. Curious to know how your lymphatic system releases toxins? Exercise, not medication. Your lymphatic system does not have a pump like your heart and so the only way to get it to work is for you to be physically active.

Often times, we hurt our toe or knee or some other body part. The area gets inflamed and turns red and starts to pain. It looks scary as hell and your instincts would be to douse it with medication. Actually, that is your body healing your injured area. Let is be!

Disclaimer: this article is not designed to make you ignore your symptoms. All symptoms are serious and need medical attention. Do check with your Doctor if you actually need medication for what ails you.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

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