Many of our health condition involve processes of inflammation. There is often swelling, pain and redness, tenderness or heat associated with an inflammatory condition. This is a signal by the body that it is responding to a problem. Often the body will take care of that problem, however in some cases the body does not rectify the issue and this is where a herbal anti-inflammatory will be of use.
Because the inflammatory process can be found from the bowel through to joints it is important to look at diet as a starting point. Many simple foods can cause inflammation. Sugar, for instance, may cause arthritic symptoms in those with a this food sensitivity. Dairy, on the other hand, may cause inflammatory processes of the bowel leading to possible digestive and immune problems (Spritzler, 2017).
Some fats in our diet affect a group of hormones that regulate inflammation called prostaglandins. By eliminating partially hydrogenated oils and trans-fat containing foods and replacing them with extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids you can significantly reduce inflammation within the body (Renee,2017).
There are many herbs that have some level of anti-inflammatory action. The following herbs may assist to reduce swelling, along with pain and stiffness.
Boswellia, Ginger, Tumeric, Devils Claw, Slippery Elm, Jamaican Dogwood, Marshmallow, White Willow Bark, Guaiacum, Burdock, Pine Bark, and Rosehips.
Renee. (2017, October 3). How to naturally lower prostaglandins with foods. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from Livestrong.com: www.livestong.com
Spritzler. (2017, June 3). 6 Foods that cause inflammation. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from Healthline: www.healthline.com
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