Your body is a miracle. Really! It can generate agents that can heal. You don’t even need the magic hand of Jesus to do it for you, not that that would hurt in any way. When you injure yourself, make yourself sick or have had a poor lifestyle that has led to disease, your body has to attempt to make you better. One of the important hormones that help you do this is called prostaglandins. Hormones, in general, are secreted by glands. Your thyroid gland, for example, secretes thyroxine and triiodothyronine commonly known as T3 and T4.

Prostaglandins, on the other hand, are secreted at the site of the injury or illness, without the need for a gland. In itself, this is nothing short of miraculous. There are different types of prostaglandins. Thromboxane is one such which helps your blood clot. Prostacyclin, on the other hand, prevents blood from clotting. Depending on how you have been treating yourself, either will go into action to save your life. Make no mistake; it is saving your life as you can die of excess bleeding. Prostaglandins are also involved in the regulation of contracting and expanding your muscles in the gut and airways. It is this action that ensures that the air you swallow and the food you eat are processed on, into your body.

You might ask how do Prostaglandins know when to act? Well, they have receptors all over your body. At least eight have been discovered, and perhaps more will be eventually. These receptors indicate that you need healing and your very own secret agents swing into action. Once done, they self-destruct to ensure that they do not go rogue. Promise, I am not making this stuff up. When you pop a painkiller like ibuprofen, it acts by inhibiting the action of prostaglandins, alleviating pain. The pain though was healing 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.