Low-dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a prescription medication meant for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. These include various cancers, autoimmune diseases and central nervous system disorders. This drug was initially used in much higher doses to treat symptoms related to drug and alcohol addiction. It has since been shown to have multiple benefits in its low-dose form.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Reduction in both pain and inflammation in conditions such as fibromyalgia are some of the top benefits of low-dose Naltrexone. Some conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis cause painful swelling that can be addressed with low-dose Naltrexone. Studies have shown an elimination of joint swelling in patients who were given LDN. Once they stopped taking the medication for a period of time, the symptoms returned.
Many types of cancers respond well to treatment with low-dose Naltrexone. It can be combined with both radiotherapy and chemotherapy to improve results. Patients who were considered terminal and whose conditions didn’t respond to other medical approaches have been helped with LDN. There are a couple reasons it is believed that this medicine works. First, it boosts the number of opiate receptors on tumor cell membranes, which increases their response to the ways in which endorphins can inhibit toxic cell growth. LDN is also known to have a positive effect on the production of natural cancer-killing cells known as toxic T cells.
Opioid activity in the brain is increased with the introduction of low-dose Naltrexone. This can have a positive effect on mood and emotions. It’s also been demonstrated to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
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These are just a few of the benefits of low-dose Naltrexone. A number of other medical issues and symptoms have also been scientifically proven to respond well to LDN. This drug provides improved function and hope to many.
We are proud to offer this treatment right here at The Metabolic Institute in Spokane. In fact, we are experts in treating various chronic diseases with a functional medicine approach. Debbie Judd, ARNP, FAARFM, ABAAHP, was recognized in a recent Natural Awakenings Inland Northwest article. As the article states, LDN has the ability to revolutionize medicine. Contact us today to book a consultation and learn more information!