Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hyaluronic Composition in The Human Body – A Primer!


Hyaluronic acid injections may be an important addition to your practice just because there are so many different applications for both.  Hyaluronic acid is not a specialized substance. It is found everywhere in our lives. It is found in health food products, cosmetics, mouthwashes, moisturizing lotions, skin creams, shampoos and eyewashes,

Hyaluronic acid is also found in pharmaceutical products used to improve joint function and it is also utilized as ophthalmic surgical aids.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that attracts water to the skin and retains it.  In fact, just single gram of hyaluronic acid can hydrate two to six liters of water.  It is what is called a viscoelastic substance, which means that it is highly elastic and able to return to its original shape. It can also be administered in various consistencies. When highly concentrated it behaves like a gel.

Hyaluronic Composition in the Human Body

At birth, humans have a very high concentration of hyaluronic acid in the body with the highest concentrations being in the umbilical, cord, eyeballs, joint fluid and skin.

The vitreous body that make up the fluid that fills the area inside the eyeball contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid and helps the eyeball retain its shape. An absence of hyaluronic acid in the eye could cause floaters.  The vitreous body of the eyeball contains very high concentration of hyaluronic acid; this plays a role in the cushioning of the eyeball in the skull.

All three layers of the skin also contain large amounts of hyaluronic acid including the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. The dermis (top layer of skin) is ten times thicker then the sub-layer called the epidermis and it contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid, which helps keep it from drying out.  We have the most amounts of this acid in our dermis when we are born which explains why the skin of an infant is so soft and supple.  The skin loses its elasticity and the surface becomes dry when moisture is lost.

Large amounts of hyaluronic acid are also found in the joints in the synovial fluid. The acid serves as a lubricant to prevent the friction of bone moving on bone. Injections into cartilage can help relieve joint pain from stress. This is why injections work so well to handle joint paint and to restore mobility to them. One of the most effective applications of hyaluronic acid injections is to improve joint function. Injections can help treat individuals suffering from osteoarthritis and periarthritis issues including knee pain and frozen shoulder syndrome. Many patients have reported a reduction in inflammation with the injections as well.

By the time most people are forty years old we start to lose hyaluronic acid causing issues such as wrinkling, dry eyes and other issues related to aging. Hyaluronic acid injections, for both medical and cosmetic purposes can help address these issues.

Learn How to Inject Hyaluronic Acid

To learn more about hyaluronic acid injectable fillers, platelet-rich-plasma and other modern injectables it is suggested that you investigate the Pinewood Institute in Toronto’s course offerings.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer fax the number is 416-656-8107.



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