Exclusive: Lingzhi & Anti-Inflammation - CRP and ESR

Sunday 4 November 2018

Inflammation in the body can be seen from medical test results. If these 2 readings are high, you will feel quite uncomfortable. However, the readings are not specific - they only indicate there is inflammation in the body, but is not able to identify which part exactly.

1) CRP (C-Reactive Protein)
CRP is a blood test marker for testing if there is acute inflammation in the body. CRP is produced in the liver. Normal CRP level is below 3.0 mg/dL. A high CRP means there is inflammation your arteries. It is the initial response of the body to harmful stimuli. It serves to protect and repair the body against something damaging.

2) ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate)
This is a common haematology test to measure chronic inflammation. The normal range is 0-22 mm/hr for men and 0-29 mm/hr for women. Chronic inflammation include those diseases in the "itis" category and conditions caused by over-active immune system.
ESR means the blood flow to a certain area becomes more because when there's inflammation, blood will send platelets, RBC and WBC there.


Some comparison between Chinese and Western treatments

Traditional Chinese medicine may be able to help you but there are 2 disadvantages.

(i) It is very difficult to identify a good supplier because they come from many sources and not all of their efficacy and safety can be independently verified. Depending on preparation, some contain heavy metals or sulphur. However, the advantage of TCM meds is they do not have so much side effects.

(ii) Unlike Western treatment, the nature of TCM treatment is that it does not have the ability to give you an accurate reading of your condition.

On the other hand, Western doctors can tell you exactly what problem you have. However, the consultation charges are expensive. Further, the drugs prescribed can only help with symptomatic treatment and create more problem after long-term consumption.

Some symptoms are easier to be explained from TCM way. By looking at the condition of the face, skin, nails, hair etc, we can quite accurately tell which body organ is damaged.
But other symptoms are clearer to be explained based on medical reports.


It is common for doctors to advice their patients not to take their medicines together with supplements, because they don't want the patients to blame their drugs for being not effective. Those who are educated and knowledgeable, will know what to do. But for consumers who refuse to learn or seek advice, it is their choice. They can decide not to take.


An Alternative Solution 

Getting a reading of your CRP and ESR can give you information on the level of inflammation in your body. Unfortunately it won't be able to identify exactly which area it is. So how do you address the problem when the figure is high?


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