Health through microbiota
From our birth, we represent a sensitive environment with certain realities invisible to us. Consequently, our life cannot come down to highs and lows. Between these two movements, our constant search for equilibrium, experienced in our fragility as a painful disorder, is despite everything the sign of a hope.
Our vision of Healthcare is part of this approach.
The World Health Organisation defines it as ‘a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, doesn’t just consist of a lack of illness or infirmity‘.
This definition shows that beyond an approach targeted on therapy, which deals with resources – medicinal, surgical or other – specific to curing or relieving illnesses, our vision of medicine more widely considers all the dimensions of the person. We believe that health is truly a continuous quest for equilibrium. A constant movement between different aspects of life: physical, mental and emotional.
Advances in Molecular Biology and Bio-informatics have enabled us to discover that human health rests partly on a living ecosystem: the microbiota.
Unique to each of us, it comprises a population of thousands of microorganisms, living harmoniously with our body, which shelters them. Resilient by nature, this microbiota is constantly seeking its equilibrium. It plays a major defensive role by strengthening the mucous membranes and interacting with our immune system.
The microbiota is likely to experience damage that may lead to a major state of imbalance called ‘dysbiosis’:
- This may result in surplus pathogenic microorganisms
- and/or the absence of microorganisms beneficial to the host
A dysbiosis can:
- lead to deterioration of the normal physiological state
- predispose us to many diseases: infectious, metabolic, inflammatory and neuropsychological.
Fatigue, stress, an unbalanced diet, a recent infection, exposure to extreme temperatures, taking medicines, particularly antibiotics or antifungals, and other harmful factors cause this deterioration.
By facilitating its natural resilience through restoration, we support the microbiota as it returns to its normal state.
The human microbiota is a reservoir of innovative therapeutic strategies, both preventive and curative. To date, we are able to treat the imbalance in the microbiota by facilitating is restoration to the normal state.
By using a natural and entirely intrinsic approach, healthcare through the microbiota aims to contribute to the well-being of subjects in good health, and also to treat ill subjects.
In this context, over about fifty years we have developed expertise in large-scale cultivation of certain microbiotic strains, to make them effective and safe active ingredients. Used in several therapeutic areas, these active ingredients fulfil physiological and pharmacological roles aiming to restore a state of equilibrium to the microbiota following its deterioration.
Every day devoted to designing these new therapeutic tools is leading us to make people the focus of our thoughts.