Inflammation is a necessary process that begins a cascade of healing processes. Many of us reach for the nearest pain reliever without a second thought. Health focused people make conscious choices to turn to natural remedies for their families and trust the safety of inflammation fighting herbs.
And, why not? Herbs are the staple of civilizations past for treating common ailments including pain. Many of the natural remedies I share have benefits beyond pain control.
If you want to “makeover” your medicine cabinet, you can start the process with some natural pain remedies.
The Inflammation Process – Explained
Your body has to stay on the defense and keep alert for anything that looks like a threat. Daily assaults in our environment force our bodies have to fight the “fires” of inflammation continually.
In the case of an injury, the affected area swells, turns warm and red and, the healing process begins.
It is no different for sprains, strains, or headaches. They all begin with an inflammatory cascade. A process that starts the healing process.
The Inflammation Cascade
COX-1 and COX-2 are two main enzymes involved in the inflammatory process. These enzymes convert arachidonic acid to prostaglandin, resulting in pain and inflammation.
Pain relievers’ work on the COX-2 enzyme to short circuit the inflammation process. But, while known as effective solutions for pain, unfortunately, NSAIDs don’t come without concerns.
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NSAIDs are “nephrotoxic,”- which means toxic to your kidneys. Studies show links to acute deterioration of renal function, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. NSAIDs will damage the sensitive lining of your gut. In turn, this leads to further damage to other body systems.
If you are on an NSAID for more than a day or two in a month, your health depends on finding a better solution.
Seeking Safer Solutions
Natural remedies are safe alternatives for most people, and the side effects may be few and far between – if at all.
In fact, Some of these natural remedies further enhance our health beyond pain relief.
You can start stocking your new natural remedy cabinet with a few herbs and essential oils. With just a few simple items, you will have handy remedies for the entire family’s common symptoms.
Inflammation Fighters That Work
Cat’s Claw – Una de Gato
“Una de Gato,” has value in Peruvian medicine for digestive ailments and wound care. Cat’s claw is one of the best selling herbs in the USA for natural pain relief. Studies on Cat’s Claw date back to the 1970’s.
Neem contains more than 140 active constituent from all parts of the plant-leaves, stems and resin. The bark contains tannins and resin while the leaves contain: someldenin, nimbin, nimbinene, 6-desacetyllnimbinene, nimbandiol, immobile, nimocinol, quercetin, and beta-sitosterol.
Each of these constituents hold unique benefits. The antibacterial and anti-viral quality make it a useful ingredient in natural toothpaste. There is even uses for acne resolution.
This traditional herbal remedy has an ancient history known worldwide. Modern research shows Licorice to have effects upon digestion, the endocrine system, and the liver.
Licorice wins many points for digestive relief. The form called DGL. removes the glycyrrhizin, the component of Licorice that can raise blood pressure.
Licorice may raise blood pressure. and anyone considering supplementation should consult their physician. In the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. or http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25918809 you will find incredibly supportive research. See the quote below from a recent study on the effectiveness of some of these herbs.
“We conclude that Neem and Licorice to be more effective than Ibuprofen in suppressing LPS-induced inflammation in C2C12 cells, in fact, the latter proved more effective than Boswellia
Proteolytic Enzymes enzymes break down protein. You probably have heard that papaya enzyme or “papain” helps with digestion. But, did you know the enzyme in papaya and pineapple help with inflammation?
From the pineapple derives an enzyme called bromelain. Well known as an enzyme that breaks down protein, down-regulating Cox 1 and 2 put proteolytic enzymes high on the list of anti-inflammatory herbs.
From body aches to nausea, Ginger’s natural anti-inflammatory properties are relied upon by the Chinese to relieve pain.
In addition, Ginger helps aid symptoms of nausea, arthritis, headaches, menstrual cramps, and muscle soreness making Ginger a smart addition to your natural medicine chest in any form.
The resin of the Guggul tree is a detoxifying herb used in Ayurveda. Guggul resin has anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering effects.
Many find Guggul helpful for fibromyalgia and rheumatism. Guggul resin comes in several forms. You can find Guggul in raw gums, resins, powder, capsules, and tablets. Guggul has blood-thinning properties therefore, it is not prudent to take it with medications that thin your blood.
White Willow Bark
Back in Hippocrates’ days, people would chew on White Willow Bark to alleviate pain and fever. The active ingredient in Willow bark is “salicin,” which converts to salicylic acid in the body.
Back in Hippocrates’ days, people would chew on the bark to help alleviate pain and fever. The active ingredient in willow bark is “salicin,” which converts to salicylic acid in the body.
Salicin is a very similar compound to that in aspirin. You might have heard that Beethoven ingested large amounts of salicin before his death. When performing his autopsy, the damage to his kidney from salicin overuse was undeniable.
Remember that natural compounds from which most commercial drugs derive. It would be best if you always took care to use only for limited amounts of time. Use the same caution as their pharmaceutical counterparts.
You should not take this inflammation fighter if allergic to aspirin or on blood thinners.
Essential Oil of Thyme
Science proves that certain essential oils work in similar ways to inhibit the COX- 2enzyme, and the latest showing promise is Thyme oil.
Carvacrol is the active constituent of Thyme. Science now shows that the properties of oils work similarly to NSAIDS against the COX2 enzyme.
Thyme’s oil is capable of reducing levels of COX-2 enzymes by as much as 75 percent.
Why not make over your medicine cabinet and enjoy all the benefits that natural remedies offer you?