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Lactic acid
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Dr Peter Darashah


Background

Lactic acid, also known as milk acid, is a chemical compound that plays a role in several biochemical processes. It is a chiral with two optical isomers. One is known as L-(+)-lactic acid or (S)-lactic acid and the other, its mirror image, is D-(-)-lactic acid or (R)-lactic acid. The physiologically important isomer however is L-(+)-Lactic acid which is a product of normal aerobic respiration.  The D-(-)-lactic acid is the pathologically active lactic acid and is a product of anaerobic respiration.

 

When oxygen levels in the body are normal food nutrients are used by the Citric Acid Cycle (CAC) as an energy source an aerobic process in which water and carbon dioxide are liberated and ATP energy produced. Aerobic exercise includes lower intensity activities performed for longer periods of time. Activities such as walking, running (including the training known as an interval workout), swimming, and cycling require a great deal of oxygen to generate the energy needed for prolonged exercise (i.e., aerobic energy production). Lactic acid is constantly produced during normal aerobic metabolism and exercise but does not increase in concentration until the rate of lactate production exceeds the rate of lactate removal. The concentration of blood lactate is usually 1-2 mmol/L at rest, but can rise to over 20 mmol/L during intense exertion.

 

When the oxygen level is low glucose (rather than food nutrients) is used as an energy source an anaerobic process in which both lactic acid and ATP energy are produced. Anaerobic metabolism, or anaerobic energy production results in reduced oxygen levels and is used by athletes in non-endurance sports to promote strength, speed and power as well as  body builders for muscle mass. Muscles trained using anaerobic exercise develop differently compared to aerobic exercise, leading to greater performance in short duration, high intensity activities, which last from mere seconds up to about 2 minutes.

 

Both aerobic and anaerobic metabolisms serve to produce energy. Aerobic metabolism is physiologically normal and is associated with L-(+)-Lactic acid. Anaerobic metabolism takes place when there is a suddenly high energy demand or when the oxygen supply is low and is associated with the pathologically active D-(-)-lactic acid. This form of lactic acid is responsible for slowing down the process of muscle regeneration and is the reason for aching muscles (ie overexertion).  

 

In addition to rapid exercise the following conditions can give rise to situations which favour anaerobic metabolism and hence excess D-(-)-lactic acid production.

Trauma

Cardiac insufficiency

Tumours/Cancer

Acid stomach

Dysbiosis

Old age

Caries of the teeth

 

Treatment Protocol
The symptomatic picture of excess lactic acid is generally dominated by strong

tiredness or muscular cramps due to constant muscular activity, headaches in the frontal region between the eyes with vomiting, disturbed sleep patterns, weakness of the body and a feeling of epigastric pressure. Symptoms improve on passing stool.  

In such situations great relief may be obtained by the supply of the physiologically normal L-(+)-Lactic acid. Such therapy results in a reduction of the level of pathological
D-(-)-lactic acid and at the same time an increase in the rate of oxygen transportation and utilization.

 

Concomitant with the supply of L-(+)-Lactic acid reasons for the original high D-(-)-lactic acid should be explored and eliminated in order to optimise the therapeutic dose of  L-(+)-Lactic acid.  In this connection acidosis is of particular note caused by lifestyle living, excess animal protein consumption, gastrointestinal dysbiosis or just an aging effect. In such cases de-acidification or re-alkalisation will be of significant benefit.

 

 Clinicals

Sports injuries

Sore muscles, sprains, contusions and bruising, frequently

the result of gymnastics or sports traumas can be alleviated including the pain

of tennis elbow.

As a combined prophylactic/therapeutic aid for both
Pro Athletes as well as Week-end Warriors a special combination of Arnica, Lactic Acid and Zinc is sometimes used to improve stamina, promote recovery and reduce the risk of cramps, aches and pain from prolonged exercise.

 

Dermatitis/Psoriasis
The aetiology of skin complaints is very often the lack of oxygen and/

or excess acidity as a result of excess D-(-)-lactic acid caused by gastrointestinal dysbiosis.   

 

Cardiovascular Conditions
L-(+)-Lactic acid speeds up the healing process in infarct and heart or lung

patients. These patients feel the full extent of the restricted

performance of the muscle cells even with the smallest amount

of exertion.

Angina symptoms of lack of oxygen (breathlessness at the slightest exertion, heart

pains) become significantly less and the intervals longer.

  

Diabetes
An exceedingly good natural diabetic remedy for the gastrohepatic variety of diabetes and good results often follow its use. It has a fine clinical record. The symptoms are: urinates copiously and freely, urine light yellow and saccharine, thirst, nausea, debility, having a huge appetite appetite and Suffering from constipating bowels. Dry skin, dry tongue, pain in the stomach or in the abdominal region.

 

Post Anti-biotic/Probiotic Therapy

Homeopathically potentised Lactic acid may also be used to re-established gut flora and fauna following anti-biotic treatment or as an alternative to probiotics for the promotion of correct gut pH and optimisation of  friendly microbacteria levels. 

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