"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."
Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.
Those of us who are not sure about using natural anti-inflammatories
might first like to know what an anti-inflammatory is, how it works, and
when we should, or should not be taking it.
Anti-inflammatories ae sometimes called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's)
Natural Anti-inflammatories are used to minimize inflammation.
When minimizing inflammation, a natural anti-inflammatory will also help ease the
pain and stiffness associated with inflammation.
Anti-inflammatories are used as painkillers for many painful conditions such as:
- Headaches and migraines.
- Joint pains such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- Back Ache.
- Strains and sprains.
- Period pains.
- Orthopedic problems
How do they work (NSAIDS) ?
- They block the effect of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase.
- This enzyme is critical in your body's production of prostaglandins.
- Prostaglandins is the cause of pain and swelling in orthopedic conditions
such as arthritis or bursitis.
- So, by interfering with cycloxygenase, you decrease the production of
prostaglandins and decrease pain and swelling associated with these
NSAIDs should NOT be used if:
- You are pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant.
- You are breastfeeding.
- You have a history of stomach ulcers.
- You are taking blood thinning medication.
NSAIDs should be used only under CLOSE medical supervision if:
- You suffer from asthma.
- You suffer from liver problems.
- You have heart problems.
- You have kidney problems.
And Here is the List of Helpful Herbs that are Natural Anti-inflammatories.
So, having checked out why we need anti-inflammatories, but at the
same time seen the many reasons why we should not be taking them, why
not take a look at the list of natural "stuff" provided by
nature, along with a note of some of the other ailments they can be used
Give these natural herbs a chance to see what they can do as natural anti-inflammatories supplied directly from heaven to earth!!
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