Anti inflammatory herbs

Inflammation of the body is thought to be the key element in the cause of autoimmune diseases. When the immune system reacts to injury or infection inflammation occurs. Inflammation can occur inside the body as well as outside on the skin. Environmental, cellular changes and malignancy can also cause inflammation in the body. The good news is that there are many anti inflammatory herbs that can help soothe and reduce inflammation and in many cases these anti inflammatory herbs can prevent inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infections. White blood cells are activated to go to fight the infection and aid the injury. There is also a release of immune system chemicals, inflammatory mediators and prostaglandins when an infection sets in or an injury occurs. The area of injury or infection becomes reddened and swollen as a result of the inflammation. Anti inflammatory herbs can help treat any number of inflammatory based conditions in the body.

People who have autoimmune disorders like ALS, Lupus, Chrohn’s, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Epstein-Barr, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease and many other autoimmune disorders can be greatly helped by taking anti inflammatory herbs. Many more people who suffer these conditions today are now turning to these herbs in lieu of taking pharmaceutical drugs because of the toxicity and the dangers that go along with taking them.

Anti inflammatory herbs can be used to complement prescription corticosteroid treatments for autoimmune diseases and inflammation as well as they can be used alone to treat the condition. Using anti inflammatory herbs along with corticosteroids can help shorten the course or reduce the required dosage of the toxic drugs. Indeed, many treatment protocols today will include anti inflammatory herbs when treating autoimmune diseases to compliment pharmaceutical medications.

Anti inflammatory herbs can be taken in the form of tinctures, teas, capsules, tonics, in poultices and applied topically as oils. Below are some anti inflammatory herbs and their uses.

Bee Propolis is what bees collect from tree buds. It is a natural anti inflammatory agent that contains many antioxidants. You can take Bee Propolis in tablet or capsule form or use it as an ointment and in creams and lotions. It can also be found as a powder and extract.

BilBerry is made from a small, blueberry and it is a powerful anti inflammatory herb that has antioxidant qualities as well. You can get Bilberry in the form of tinctures or capsules as well as fresh or dried bilberries that you can eat.

Boswellia is an anti inflammatory herb that comes from the Boswellia serrata tree that grows in India. It’s anti inflammatory properties comes from the tree bark’s gummy resin, called salai guggal. It is widely used to reduce the inflammation associated with arthritis. You can get it in pill or cream form.

Bromelain is extracted from pineapples and made into capsule or tablet form and used as an inflammatory. It has been proven to reduce bruising, swelling and inflammation as well as pain after a surgery or injury. It has been approved as a complementary treatment for sinus and nasal inflammation and swelling after ear, nose and throat surgery.

Cayenne Pepper is an anti inflammatory herb that is rich in capsaicin which is a very powerful anti inflammatory agent. This herb helps to ease the pain and swelling with inflamed tissue.

Devil’s Claw Root is a leafy perennial found primarily in the sandy areas of South Africa and other places. Applied topically, it can reduce the inflammation around boils, sores and other skin infections.

Gingko Biloba is an anti inflammatory herb that contains a dozen different anti-inflammatory chemicals and seven natural antihistamines. It is even a herb that is commonly prescribed by doctors.

Theses are just a few of the many anti inflammatory herbs. You can find more about them online or from herbalists.


Last updated on Nov 10th, 2009 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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