The function of the pancreas is to release digestive enzymes whichbreak down carbohydrates, fats, oils and proteins. When the pancreasbecomes inflamed, the strong digestive enzymes in the organ becomeactive too soon. Instead of becoming active in the intestines wherethey digest food, they become active inside the pancreas and theenzymes then work on the tissue of the organ itself(autodigestion). This is known as Pancreatitis, and the condition canbe acute or chronic in nature. Acute bouts may only last several hoursor days and be more spontaneous than chronic bouts which areexperienced over longer periods of time. Acute pancreatitis mayresolve in a week, however, if the condition is left to worsen thenscarring of the pancreas may occur. Once this occurs a further declinein the health and function of the organ is experienced and symptommanagement is the only option.
- Avoid alcohol
- Manage side effects of pharmaceutical medications
- Address underlying digestive insufficiencies, maldigestion, liver function and gall bladder health
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PANCREATITIS
- Pancreatic enzyme therapy (amylase and lipase) may bebeneficial for some individuals by helping to restore the function ofthe gastrointestinal tract and ensure adequate food break down
- Probiotics may help toensure increased amounts of healthy digestive flora and maintaindigestive function
- Bromelain is commonly used in cases of inflammatory conditionsto reduce the inflammation, congestion, as a digestive enzyme tofacilitate the breakdown of proteins and reducing any scarring that mayoccur to the pancreas due to infection
- Zinc, Selenium and anti-oxidants are important to support the immune system in down regulating any inflammation
- Antimicrobials such as Echinacea, olive leaf, golden seal,andrographis are used to treat the infections that cause pancreatitis
- Slippery elm powder in a small glass of water tenminutes prior to eating helps to soothe the digestive tract. Slippery elm is a demulcent which helps tosoothe any digestive inflammation and repair any damaged tissues
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