Bioelectronic Medicine: Targeting Inflammatory Disease with Electricity - Clinical Results in RA and Crohn’s, Looking Ahead at MS
Inflammation – it’s a term that conjures up two very different scenarios in the body: one that is vital to healing and another that can lead to chronic inflammatory diseases. Inflammation, at its best, is the part of the body’s fight response where it rushes blood, fluid and proteins to an impacted area to create swelling and heat to protect, repair and heal. In the second scenario, when this carefully regulated system goes awry and inflammation in the body becomes chronic and systemic, it can lead to a growing list of cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases including heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS). While medical devices have not historically played a role in treating inflammatory diseases, that is changing due to the fast-growing field of bioelectronic medicine.