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.
Remedies for Inflammation
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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.
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.
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Posted by Van (Sunnyvale, Ca, Usa) on 10/11/2011
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.
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...?
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
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Posted by David (Anchorage, Ak, Usa) on 08/25/2012
I wanted to add juicing cannabis leaves to the list of remedies for inflammation.
Posted by Nugo (Brentwood, Ny, Usa) on 01/15/2010
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.
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V Ville, Ca
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Posted by Lu (Brisbane, Australia) on 06/10/2011
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.
Posted by Ted(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.
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Posted by ann (duncan, sc) on 08/30/2007
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!
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Colorado Springs, Colorado