Musculoskeletal system and bone damage
Osteology is a part of medicine which treats bone pathologies; it is the study of bones.
Bones play a fundamental role in:
- the structure of the body
- soft tissue support and viscera protection
- locomotion and posture
- the development of blood cells (hematopoiesis) in the red bone marrow of flat bones
Bones are made up of 70% mineral salts which give them rigidity and strength, as well as organic substances including fatty tissue, proteins and biochemical components of cells.
It is therefore important to maintain serum calcium constants. Indeed, when the destruction of bone tissue predominates over synthesis, there is a loss of bone density. The cells concerned are the osteoblasts (young bone cells having a role in the construction of the bone) which are attacked by the osteoclasts (destructive cells causing the resorption of the bone as well as its destruction in order to recover the mineral salts). The resulting pathology is therefore osteopenia or osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a metabolic disease which affects in particular the structure of bone tissue, with a decrease in bone mass due to the normal aging process.
There are two types of osteoporosis:
- Primary osteoporosis which represents 95% of cases, with:
- Type I: it mainly affects women between 51 and 75 years old following the loss of estrogen which would increase the activity of osteoclasts (cells that destroy bone matter)
- Type II: also called “senile osteoporosis”, it affects both men and women from the age of 70
- Secondary osteoporosis which represents 5% of cases: pathology secondary to certain pathologies such as chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism or to the taking of drugs such as corticosteroids, barbiturates, heparins. Alcohol and tobacco also accelerate bone loss (kyphosis, kyphoscoliosis)
Its main causes are diverse; they can be due to age and aging, female sex, excessive consumption of tobacco and alcohol, lack of physical activity, vitamin D and / or calcium deficiency, genetic predisposition, to menopause (in particular early), to corticosteroid therapy over a period of more than 3 months, or even to certain endocrine pathologies (hyperparathyroidism, hyperthyroidism).
Naturopathic advice in the event of diagnosed osteoporosis:
- Have sufficient calcium intake from an early age
- Take silicon
- Get adequate food intake of vitamin D
- Cod liver oil 250.00 µg
- Smoked herring 22.00 µg
- Pilchard tomato sauce, canned (canned) 14.00 µg
- Dehydrated vegetable broth 13.80 µg
- Fried mackerel 12.30 µg
- Grilled sardine 12.30 µg
- Raw farmed Nile tilapia 12.20 µg
- Raw anchovies 11.00 µg
- Oven-baked farmed rainbow trout 11.00 µg
- Sardine in olive oil 10.80 µg
- Limit or even stop smoking and alcohol
- Avoid weight loss diets that are too restrictive in dairy products and proteins
- Combine calcium with vitamin D3
- Avoid tea and coffee if taking the drug “alendronate” (caffeine can inhibit the absorption of alendronate prescribed for osteoporosis)
What plants for osteoporosis?
This plant being naturally composed of silicon and potassium has in fact a remineralizing property which can therefore be used in the consolidation of fractures, bone fragility, post-menopausal osteoporosis, cramps and spasmophilia.
Rich in silica to more than 92%, bamboo is a remineralizer indicated in osteoporosis.
The Scots pine bud has a regenerative action on hard tissues (bones and cartilages). It is generally indicated in osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
- Mountain Pine (TM of buds):
Alfalfa is mainly loaded with mineral salts and silicon naturally, it is a remineralizing plant.