Solutions for Inflammation

Solutions for Inflammation

Safe & Natural Solutions

Fortunately there are many safe and effective options to reduce inflammation and pain. One such option which many people may be aware of is fish and krill oil. There are also a number of herbal medicines that offer safe and effective anti-inflammatory support. Some of my favourites include:

  • Boswellia is an Ayurvedic herb with a long history of use for pain relief and rheumatic and anti-inflammatory conditions. Boswellia can be used for all types of pain, but particularly arthritic or traumatic pain associated with inflammation. It has also been found to be effective for inflammatory bowel disease.

  • Turmeric is also a traditional anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic herb that has a long history for use in injuries, as well as digestive and liver complaints. Recent research demonstrates it also helps reduce the swelling and pain of arthritic conditions.

  • White Willow is actually the original herb from which aspirin is derived. It is a very effective analgesic or pain relieving agent especially when combined with other herbs.

  • Herbs such as Devils claw, Californian Poppy, Corydalis and Jamaica dogwood, when combined, not only help reduce pain, but decrease spasms and improve blood flow, therefore support the healing process.

These anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving herbs are ‘gut friendly’ and safe for long-term use. There are many effective herbal products available which contain a combination of anti-inflammatory herbs to suit different conditions so you need to find the right product for your particular condition and symptoms.

Factors That Sustain Inflammation

It is important to learn which diet and lifestyle behaviours may be adding to inflammation in your body. Common causes include:

  1. Smoking;

  2. Being an unhealthy weight;

  3. Eating a diet high in refined and processed carbohydrates (e.g. white bread, pasta, white rice and cereals);

  4. Consuming ’trans’ fats (e.g. fried or fast foods, packaged baked goods, vegetable fats used in some margarines);

  5. Regular consumption of processed foods containing artificial preservatives, colouring, flavourings, sweeteners, glutamates and other chemicals;

  6. Lack of vegetables which contain an abundance of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals including flavonoids;

  7. Being sleep deprived or regular shift work;

  8. Regularly consuming alcohol, coffee, excess sugar and table salt;

  9. Experiencing ongoing digestive issues that upset the balance of ‘good’ bacteria (e.g. reflux, stomach pain, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation);

  10. Experiencing ongoing psychological stress (unhappy employment situation, relationship problems, social isolation, moving house, working long hours, caring for a loved one with a serious disease, etc);

  11. Lack of exercise or relaxation time.For coughs and congestion the following foods taken as teas or added to soups and stews may be helpful:

Modifying any or all of these is an important step in a holistic approach to reducing inflammation that may be contributing to your pain or illness. If you relate to any of the above factors, take action.

Put an End to Inflammation!

Don’t let visible or invisible inflammation be a perpetuating problem! It is possible to regularly monitor your systemic inflammatory load through regular blood and other forms of testing. If inflammation is a problem it is possible to undertake a management plan involving safe and effective natural medicines and diet and lifestyle modifications to address any pain and inflammation you may have your individual health circumstances. Addressing inflammation can not only improve your quality of life now, but reduce your risk of chronic disease in future.