One of the most purchased products are ones designed to relieve pain and inflammation. We experience both for a variety of reasons, but our nation is stuck in the middle of a crisis of opiate abuse. Opiates cover a pretty big variety of drugs, that range from legal like fentanyl, codeine and morphine to the illegal ones like heroin and opium. You may recognize these from the trade names of Oxycodone, Oxycotin and Percocet to name a few popular ones.
The reason these are dangerous is that opiates manage pain by depressing our central nervous system. So when they are abused and someone has become addicted, proper signals sent through the central nervous system can cause the key body systems to function at a very laxed state causing death.
When we have folks intentionally causing their own bodies harm to convince their doctor to prescribe more pain killers, leaves no doubt of the depth of the addictive qualities these drugs bring to the table.
ARE THERE HERBAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES THAT “WORK”?
I’m going to cover 10 common herbs that have long histories of use for managing conditions that involve inflammation, redness, pain, swelling, muscle/joint injuries.
My first stop for these ailments should always be treated with RICE:
R – rest
I – ice
E- elevation (depending on the location of the injury of course)
List of Herbal choices:
- Arnica: The flowers of this mountain dwelling plant are used in cream and gel form to apply topically to ease joint aches, prevent swelling and bruising at an injury site. It also is available in Homeopathic pellets. BOIRON GEL (click here), and BOIRON PELLET PACKS (click here)
- Boswellia: Is taken from the frankincense tree of Three Wise Men fame, this ancient remedy has been found to shrink the inflamed joint tissue that marks arthritis. (Click here)
- Bromelain: This pineapple based enzyme helps reduce inflammatory reactions resulting from injuries and arthritis and serves as a digestive aid too. To fight inflammation it works best when taken on an empty stomach. (click here)
- Grape Seed: Is a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce swelling especially swollen ankles associated with circulatory difficulties and interferes with histamine, the inflammatory agent responsible for allergic reactions. (Click here)
- Devils Claw: The root of this vine is native to the Kalahari desert in southern Africa. It most often is used for arthritis relief but has helped folks with lower back pain as well. works best when taken 30 mins. before a meal. (click here)
- Calendula: Which widely grows as a garden flower, is from the marigold variety and is used in creams/lotions to prevent skin damage caused by sun and wind. Also to soothe insect bites and inflammation caused from poison ivy, oak and sumac. This formula can be applied topically and taken internally as a Flower remedy (click here)
- Marshmallow root: Original source of the candy which no longer contains any actual marshmallow; it’s slippery nature allows it to coat and soothe irritated membranes in the mouth and throat. It works wonderfully to ease digestive inflammation and irritation too. (click here)
- Willow Bark: Everyone is familiar with aspirin, which is a synthetic form of salicylic acid. Willow barks primary components, unlike aspirin, willow doesn’t cause stomach upset when used for headaches, toothaches or arthritic issues. It’s pain relieving ability is powerful. (click here)
- Turmeric: Has gained much popularity lately, it’s bold yellow orange color is familiar to anyone who has eaten curry as the primary anti-inflammatory herb in Ayurevedic medicine, turmeric is used to treat arthritis, bursitis and tenderness. It is another powerful antioxidant that supports healthier circulation and blood pressure issues too. (click here)
- Ginger root: Has long been considered and essential item for healers as well as cooks throughout Asia. This well known spice has been employed as a remedy for arthritis and any inflammatory health ailments. It is also great for settling nausea, indigestion, morning sickness, car sickness and great for settling stomachs when dealing with the flu. (click here)
There are unique differences between incorporating the use of herbal remedies vs. prescription & over the counter remedies. The herbal remedies assist the body with it’s built in healing processes whereas the prescription and over the counter remedies are designed to trick the body or mask the symptoms giving a false sense of relief and healing.
So the herbal remedies in some instances may take longer with use for the person to “feel” relief. The best part is none of them carry addictive qualities or side effects from taking them.
If you’d be interested in a more unique personalized nutritional approach incorporating the use of herbs and orthomolecular application. You can check out my services at http://www.jodibarnett758.com.
Dr. Jodi Barnett N.D.
Harvested Health LLC