Functional Medicine Approach
Functional medicine takes a root cause approach to treatment, which means that it aims to identify and address the underlying factors that contribute to the development of myocarditis or pericarditis. Don’t forget, myocarditis is a serious condition that requires medical attention before using a functional approach to healing.
Some potential functional medicine approaches include:
Nutrition & reducing inflammation
Eating a diet that is rich in anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, may help reduce inflammation in the body. Avoiding processed and high-fat foods, as well as sugar and alcohol, may also be beneficial.
Identifying and treating infections
Testing to identify any underlying infections that may be contributing to the inflammation in the heart. Some herbal remedies that have been traditionally used to treat infections and inflammation. Ozone therapy is another effective therapy used to treat various infections and inflammatory conditions, including myocarditis. Certain supplements may also be helpful in reducing inflammation and supporting the body’s natural healing processes in cases of myocarditis, specifically for infections.
Stress can contribute to inflammation in the body and negatively impact overall health. Mind-body practices such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises may help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.
It’s important to stay active! Regular exercise can help improve heart health and reduce inflammation in the body.
Some supplements, such as vitamin D, and magnesium, may have anti-inflammatory properties and be beneficial for heart health. One study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology in 2015 investigated the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on heart function in rats with myocarditis. The study found that omega-3 fatty acids improved heart function and reduced inflammation and oxidative stress in the heart.
Acupuncture may help reduce inflammation in the body and improve overall well-being.
Homeopathy is a holistic treatment that uses highly diluted substances to stimulate the body’s healing response. But it’s important to consult with a licensed homeopath.
One study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2011 examined the effects of ozone therapy on markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in patients with coronary artery disease. The study found that ozone therapy reduced levels of inflammation and oxidative stress, which are associated with cardiovascular disease. Increased oxygenation is one benefit of ozone therapy, as ozone releases oxygen into the body.