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Natural anti-inflammatory medicines, commonly known as natural remedies, are widely used for different types of diseases.

They have the ability to reduce inflammation and pain, such as joint disorders, headaches, toothache and neuralgia.

Not only that, they also have an antipyretic action, because they are able to lower the body temperature in case of fever.

Like all medicines, they are not free from side effects, which is why it is important not to abuse them. Which can happen, especially if you suffer from chronic inflammation.

You can protect your body by focusing on more natural and less invasive options.

In fact, nature provides you with a wide choice of natural anti-inflammatories that you can take without problems, for extended periods of time.

Moreover natural anti-inflammatories do not hurt the stomach and do not damage the liver.

Before discovering what more natural alternatives you have, instead of the classic analgesic tablet, let’s see what happens when you suffer from inflammation.

What is inflammation?

Inflammation by itself is not a negative mechanism. Indeed it is your body’s natural response to external aggression.

It is activated when you are attacked by physical agents (a wound, a trauma or a burn), toxic, chemical or biological (bacteria, viruses, and so on).

When your tissues are attacked by an injurious agent, an intense vascular reaction occurs.  Its function is to destroy this agent and favor the repair or replacement of damaged tissue.

The duration of the inflammation depends on the time needed to eliminate the harmful cause and to repair the damage.

It can be short (hours or days) and in this case it is called “acute inflammation” or it can last months or years, becoming “chronic inflammation”.

In the second case, the inflammatory processes, from defensive, turn into a harmful mechanism.

Continuing over time, chronic inflammation causes several problems to the affected organs.

Natural anti-inflammatories

Most effective natural anti-inflammatories: Plants and Herbs

You have the choice of many natural anti-inflammatories to fight inflammation.

Some should be used as if they were a drug, in the form of tablets or ointments, others instead just take them to the table.

Premise: Before using any phytotherapy remedy, if you suffer from diseases or are following a pharmacological treatment, ask your doctor for advice.

1 – Aloe vera

In the form of juice, gels, creams or ointments, aloe vera is one of the most effective natural anti-inflammatories.

It has a soothing and disinfectant action, helping in osteoarticular problems.

When aloe vera is indicated?

It is effective in cases of arthritis, rheumatism and joint pain.

It is also very good for fighting intestinal disorders such as gastritis, colitis, irritable bowel, ulcer and all inflammation of the mucous membranes.

It is fresh and pleasant to use, therefore very suitable also for skin problems.

2 – Mallow

The leaves and flowers of the mallow are very rich in mucilage, which contain many substances that are beneficial to your body.

The active ingredients of mallow are particularly useful for problems related to mucous membranes.  These substances act by coating them with a viscous layer, which protects them from irritating agents.

When mallow is indicated?

The emollient and anti-inflammatory action of mallow, is recommended for the treatment of disorders such as vaginal infections, cough or intestinal inflammation.

It is also an excellent remedy to give relief if you suffer from gum inflammation or if you have a toothache. In any case, if you have the doubt of having a cavy, it is better to consult your dentist.

3 – Devil’s claw

Devil’s claw is an herbaceous plant native to Africa and used in traditional African medicine.

 Known among athletes, it is famous for relieving muscle pain.

When it is indicated?

The use of the devil’s claw is particularly indicated in painful cases, such as tendinitis, osteoatritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, cervical headaches, bruises, sciatica, arthritis and arthrosis.

It can be bought in herbal medicine in the form of capsules, tablets, ointments or ointments.

4 – Arnica

Among natural anti-inflammatories, arnica montana stands out, a plant used for the treatment of common disorders related to the cutaneous system and to the osteoarticular apparatus.

When arnica indicated?

It is used predominantly in an external form, such as cream or ointment, to reduce pain due to trauma, bruising, stretching and bruising or to promote the absorption of bruises or reduce inflammation in sprains or sprains.

5 – Spirea

The spirea is a plant that is able to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins, the main causes of pain and inflammation of the tissues.

When it is indicated?

It has an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic action and is therefore used in case of fever or colds. It is also useful for alleviating pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, toothache, back pain and cervical problems.

It can be taken in the form of an infusion or capsule and is well tolerated by everyone, because it does not cause gastric discomfort.

The presence of mucilages in the plant, in fact gives the spirea, a protective action of the mucous membranes that reduces spasms and erosion of the gastric walls.

Natural anti-inflammatories foods to bring to the table

1 – Pineapple

Thanks to bromelain, contained mainly in the stem, the pineapple is a fruit very indicated as a decongestant on the circulatory and lymphatic system.

When pineapple is indicated?

This substance improves blood circulation and the lymphatic system. It stimulates the drainage of the infection site, with consequent resorption of the bleeding.

Moreover, it is thus used in the herbalist and pharmaceutical fields to counter …

  • Hematomas
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Muscle and joint trauma
  • Post-operative swellings
  • Edema
  • Cellulite

2 – Honey

Among the oldest and most well-known natural anti-inflammatories, honey is especially indicated to combat inflammation of the respiratory tract.

When honey is indicated?

Honey is excellent for calming coughs instead of syrups or soothing tablets.

Not only that, it also has topical use. In fact, if spread on the skin like a cream, it can counteract inflammation due to insect bites.

3 – Cranberry

This wild fruit, also known as “cramberry”, has valuable antibacterial properties throughout the urinary tract.

When it is indicated?

Its anti-inflammatory action is used to fight cystitis or to treat and treat the prostate.

Its action against urinary infections seems to be due to its ability to prevent pathogenic bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, from adhering to the mucosa of the urinary tract.

4 – Curcuma

The Turmeric longa is a herbaceous plant of the Zingiberaceae family also known as the indie saffron.

The main biologically active component is curcumin which has remarkable properties. In particular, the scientific ones are …

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antioxidant properties.

When curcuma is indicated?

Curcumin counteracts the excessive accumulation of fat in adipose tissues.

In addition, it also helps fight various inflammations and chronic pains such as muscle pain, toothache and arthritis.

It is also an excellent remedy for poisoning.

5 – Ginger

Ginger is a root of the same family as turmeric.

In addition to the many vitamins it contains, ginger is rich in   phenolic compounds that play an important antioxidant and free radical protection function.

When it is indicated?

Through the regulation of some cytokines, ginger has an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-tumor action.

6 – Chili pepper

Chili is a food that contains many substances that are beneficial for your body, especially capsaicin in chili peppers. Not only, it stimulates the digestion and purification of the organism and, thanks to capsaicin, keeps appetite at bay and speeds up the metabolism.

When it is indicated?

Capsaicin also weakens the pain signal that the body sends to the brain, which is why chili is also an excellent natural analgesic.

It is very effective, in particular, against …

  • Articolar pains
  • Headache

Warning: if you suffer from a stomach problem, the advice is to limit the use because it can be irritating for the gastric mucosa

7 – Garlic

The Garlic is an extremely important dressing: it is useful to give flavor to food but also has beneficial nutritional properties, has an antiplatelet effect and helps to control the blood pressure, and helps protect the cardiovascular system.

When it is indicated?

  • Toothache
  • Ear infection
  • Articolar pains.

How to use it?

Prepare garlic oil to relieve your pain.

Pour 3 cloves of garlic in a small pot and add half a cup of extra virgin olive oil. Heat over low heat for 2 minutes until the oil begins to heat up. Turn off the fire. Sift the preparation and put it in the fridge overnight.

  • Gently massage the aching joints or muscles with the mixture.
  • For otitis, heat the preparation a little and pour 2 drops of warm oil into the infected ear.
  • For toothache, prepare a mixture of crushed garlic and salt and massage the gum

8 – The cloves

Cloves are the carnation buds. They are rich in nutritional properties for your body.

When it is indicated?

Cloves have analgesic and anesthetic properties.

They are indicated to relieve toothache or pain in the gums and headaches

How to use them?

The most effective method is to chew them to release the eugenol, a powerful analgesic they contain.

If you can’t stand the strong taste of clove, add a powdered clove to your tea.

9 – Cherries

The cherry helps both intestinal functions and diuresis and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and sedative effects.

Thanks to flavonoids, which have an antioxidant action, this fruit helps to counteract free radicals.

When it is indicated?

From a taste point of view, the cherry is the most delicious of analgesics: it helps to fight the pains of arthritis and chronic migraine.

The cherry also has an anti-inflammatory effect thanks to the anthocyanin, which eliminates the enzymes responsible for inflammation.

10 – Cider vinegar

In addition to being rich in potassium, magnesium, iron and fluorine, cider vinegar also helps, thanks to pectin, to regulate the levels of sugar and cholesterol in the body.

When it is indicated?

Cider vinegar is very effective for gastric pain (reflux, acidity, etc.).

Pour a teaspoon of cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink it in small sips before meals or after eating: you will feel immediate relief.

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