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Inflammation Remedies

Last Modified on Jul 23, 2015

Inflammation - Causes and Treatments

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to an irritating substance or event. The body’s natural defense mechanism, inflammation occurs as the body attempts to heal itself. Inflammation also serves as the body’s biological response to attempt to remove a harmful or irritating substance that has entered the body. While inflammation is a biological defense response, inflammation alone does not indicate that infection is present in the body.

The specific cause of inflammation often defines the type and severity of symptoms present; however, inflammation often presents a range of common symptoms. Typical symptoms of inflammation include redness, a swollen or tender joint, joint pain, stiffness and loss of function. Additionally, inflammation may cause more general “flu”-like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, loss of energy, headaches, loss of appetite and muscle stiffness.

Inflammation is generally caused by the release of chemicals from the body into the bloodstream or affected tissues. The release of chemicals increases or heightens the blood flow to the specific area that has been injured or infected and typically results in redness and heat in the area. Additionally, chemicals that leak into the tissues cause swelling. The entire process of reaction and healing activates the nerves and causes pain.

Home Remedies and Cures for Inflammation

No matter the cause of inflammation, the result is often discomfort and even pain. As such, remedying the issue is important to find relief. As you will read below, several home remedies can be applied to cure inflammation. Sarsaparilla and boswellia are herbs that relieve inflammation. Castor oil, chrysanthemum tea, manuka honey, desiccated liver and magnesium chloride are also effective options. Juicing organic vegetables as well as fresh cannabis leaves and consuming the juice can also relieve inflammation.

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Boswellia and Sarsparilla
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Posted by Megan (USA, Illinois) on 10/03/2008

[YEA]  I have been taking boswellia and sarsparilla which are herbs for almost a year for inflammation. It has been very helpful which is why I feel compelled to share this with you. I suffer from inflammation and fibromyalgia like symptoms although I have never been diagnosed. I use Boswellia seretta (must contain boswellic resins) which is also known as Frankincense. I bought my own in bulk from mountain rose herbs and cap them myself because I take so much. I take 2 capsules a day about 3 times a day.

Castor Oil
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Posted by K.C. (Portland, Oregon) on 06/25/2007

[YEA]  I have had gut problems for years. (I have an extra-long colon, like twice normal length.) General inflammation, sometimes burning an inch or two below my sternum ( a good remedy for that is pancreatic enzymes), a pointed ache in the gall bladder area (just below right ribs) whenever I ate anything with fat, and a pain in the left lower corner of the abdomen aftter eating. I did an all night castor oil pack and all of these symptoms have disappeared and have not come back.

Replied by Cmkalm
Houston, Tx

What is a castor oil "pack"?

Chrysanthemum Tea
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Posted by Van (Sunnyvale, Ca, Usa) on 10/11/2011

[YEA]  This simple yet delicious tea has been a life saver many times. One time I had a bad case of chemical poisioning and I had sores and welts all over my eyes, face and mouth. It happened so quick I freaked out and reached for some chrysanthemum tea. Within minutes it all calmed down and I was normal again. Generally in Asia this tea is used to bring down heat and inflamation like canker sores. Hard to believe because it's so sweet. The kind I use is the powdered kind in packets. Just mix with water. You can also use the dried flowers but I have a problem with the dried pollen.

General Feedback
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Posted by Sara (Salt Lake City, Ut) on 01/04/2013

question; are anti-oxidants also anti-inflamatory? i realize anti-oxidents get rid of free radicals, however...?

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Posted by Ann (Ireland) on 03/10/2015

Hi I went to the Doctor for a blood test and it revealed that my ESR was 50. She has arranged an appointment to go back in. I understand that this is in relation to inflammation in the body. Does anybody know how to reduce this figure. Coincidentally, last week, I had read that ginger is a natural anti inflammatory and was thinking of using it in cooking. Does anybody know how much raw/grated ginger is safe to use for the average adult per day, or even in baking how much should be used say in cakes/scones etc. Thanks

Replied by Tea
New Zealand

Fresh ginger is completely safe. I juice a thumb size piece 3 times a day with carrot juice, my kids drink it too, Juicing with veggies and apple is lovely - you can juice in the morning enough to take with you to work. Tumeric root is also anti inflammation and good to juice. I find easing inflammation pain and symptoms best with raw organic macca powder especially if I have had alcohol.
Replied by Jennysmom2
Idaho, US

I just want to say that ginger has almost completely gotten rid of the pain and inflammation I have from a bunion and general stiffness I have. Of course you need to take it regularly, or the pain etc. comes back. I am on the go and work out of town, so a great solution for me is to keep candied ginger with me. (Not ginger candy) I eat a couple pieces a couple times a day. Some people may be concerned with sugar content, but this is a good on the go solution for me.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Jennysmom2,

I love candied ginger, too! I read here at EC that it is good for sciatica (which is also likely inflammation related), and it seems to indeed help. I had gotten some online that was good and recently got some at Costco. It is so spicy, it makes my nose run!

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by David (Anchorage, Ak, Usa) on 08/25/2012

[YEA]  I wanted to add juicing cannabis leaves to the list of remedies for inflammation.

Posted by Nugo (Brentwood, Ny, Usa) on 01/15/2010

[YEA]  Vegetable juices great for inflammation!!

I've been suffering from inflammation all my life, there is no diet that make lose weight, I have noticed however that all grains: corn, chicken peas, all beans, rice, wheat, potatoes make me to gain from 4 to 6 pounds easily during the night!! My meal doesn't even weight that much! So I just don't eat them. But lately I started juicing and I have noticed big changes in my body. Hands, arms, knees, ankles are now a lot better. I can feel my bones now.

I drink a big glass of vegetable and fruit juice in the morning as a breakfast and that's all. My diet is the same so it has to be the juicing! I don't have a recipe I just put on the blender what I have in my refrigerator that day (carrots, apple, pears, strawberries, banana, any fruit and cucumber, celery, spinach and any other leaves I got. I would say I'm impressed.

Replied by Moi
V Ville, Ca

Nugo, are you still eating beans, wheat etc.? Just wondering if you are losing weight while eating the above and juicing.
Replied by Nugo
Brentwood, Ny

Usually I eat starches or grains once or twice a month. My diet is very simple: Juicing in the morning (I use a good blender), meat or chicken with vegertables or salad for luch and a light dinner at night, most times just fruit, vegetables again. I indulge myself with chocolate once in a while. Take turmeric o ginger capsules often.
Replied by Mary
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Hi Nugo: I can relate to the gaining weight from normal amounts of grains and starches. I recently had a health scare which motivated me to juice. I lost 12 lbs which is huge for me as I am used to having such a hard time losing weight. The odd thing is I did not excercise. But I juiced everyday and I felt better. I recently took back oatmeal as it is my favorite but it is making me gain. Back to the same diet as you. Only beans don't affect me.

Manuka Honey
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Posted by Lu (Brisbane, Australia) on 06/10/2011

[YEA]  I have been getting very good results taking Manuka honey for gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). I take it twice a day... Once before bed and again in the morning. Taking it with a piece of bread slows down absorption and keeps it in the stomach longer.


North Pole Magnets
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Posted by Ted Donate
(Bangkok, Thailand) | 388 Posts

The use of north pole magnets (using a very powerful neodymium magnets) will help reduce inflammation. South pole increases inflammation, so please take note to apply the correct one. To identify the north pole is to get a compass. If the north pointing compass points to your magnet. It means this side is north. So mark the positions accordingly. The idea is well accepted in sports area, but are not well accepted in conventional medicine. Sports people need results and the faster they heal, the faster they can compete.

Replied by Matt
Millbrook, Ny

What we call the South pole (in the Antarctic) is actually a physical North pole, the physical South pole then being in the Arctic. So the red needle that points north is actually South seeking, therefore we want the red needle to point AWAY from a magnet to find it's north pole. A simple way to remember it is that the "northern" end on our compass is actually a north pole magnet.

A simple and informative video demonstrating this:

I woke up today with a very sore, stiff neck from sleeping in an awkward position. As I am writing this, I have a strong north pole ceramic magnet on my neck, and my pain has become more tolerable after maybe ten minutes.

Replied by Matt
Millbrook, Ny

I just realized that I made a mistake awhile back here, regarding which side of a magnet is north. PLEASE IGNORE MY LAST POST! I would like to ask Earth Clinic to please remove it if possible.

There may be some confusion as to which side is north (as was in my case), but Ted correctly stated that the compass needle that points north should point to the north pole of the magnet being tested. There is a great amount of information available on bio-magnetics, and I'd like to try to supply as much factual information as possible. That's for another time, however, and for possibly a new page on this site.

I should also note that there are many magnetic water treatment devices available that cost anywhere from $20 to over $400. You can magnetize your own water using magnets for only a couple dollars :) , But I suggest doing plenty of research before you attempt this.

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Posted by Emma (Europe) on 11/08/2012

Does anybody know how much is safe to take of tumeric for inflammation. I see you can get 400mg tablets/capsules. Also would it be safe to take with medication.Thanks

Replied by Suzanne
Fort Wayne, Indiana

I do know turmeric works for me. I put 1/4 teaspoon in a glass with a bit of olive oil. I then grind black pepper into the mix, stir and add a bit of warm water. This I drink though I do have to add water and stir a few more time. I use olive oil because this is what we have though any liquid oil would work. The oil keeps the tumeric from upsetting your stomach and the black pepper helps your body absorb the tumeric. I started this after reading here that it reduced inflamation. My feet and heels hurt terribly after walking for health outside or on my treadmill. This works! It took a few days but it has changed my life. Turmeric is cheap even at our health food store. I take this mix once a day and am able to walk as long as I want.
Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada

We use turmeric very much in our cooking. For a family of 4 we will use at least 1tsp - 2 tsp of turmeric powder in daily cooking in variety of recipes.

You can take a 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp of turmeric powder daily without any issues.

I recommend you to buy food grade turmeric powder in your local indian grocery store and use. It is very much cheaper when compared to capsules in bottle.

200 gms of turmeric powder is only $2.99 here in Canada.

Good Health, Thanks

Posted by ann (duncan, sc) on 08/30/2007

[YEA]  I have been using Turmeric for my inflammation for 2 years now and swear by it. I have an autoimmune disease which causes a lot of inflammation. I take 1 tablespoon a day and it keeps my swelling way down.I am now goiter free and do not need thyroid removal surgery. If I go off of it the swelling picks back up and my goiter returns. I have taken it in capsule form or by mixing it with water and swallowing fast!

Replied by Dixie Pearl
Tracy, California

Hi Ann, did the turmeric on its own get the goiter to go away? thank you for posting.

Posted by Rose (England)

[YEA]  I use turmeric, it works like magic for me - I have Crohn's disease, and finds it helps ease inflammation. All the anti-inflammatory pills that the doctor gave me only made me MUCH worse. Turmeric helps stop the 'loose stools'.

Replied by Roger
Colorado Springs, Colorado

I am, in Ayurvedic lingo, pitta, even pitta imbalanced. If I take turmeric, it makes my pitta imbalance worse and I become irritable and my insomnia is aggravated and I get all kinds of other symptoms typical of pitta imbalance. For my wife, who is pitta weak, turmeric is perfect and balances her and helps her a lot.