Increasing evidence shows that mast cells, cells of the immune system, may play a larger role in the pathophysiology of inflammatory diseases than previously understood. Our knowledge of what causes inflammation in the brain has grown dramatically in the last few years, but the battle against chronic pain, a symptom of neuro-inflammation, depends on the continued efforts to address and understand all of the parts of the immune system – including the role of the mast cells and the gut microbiome.
The featured video above is the first segment of a 7-part series. Dr. Gary Kaplan explains why it takes a team to successfully treat the complexities of chronic pain which deeply affects each individual uniquely in mind, body, and spirit. Integrative medicine – a holistic approach that encompasses the best of conventional, functional, and other complementary therapies – addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of chronic pain, allowing patients to once again find balance in life and opportunities to thrive.