Inflammation: Treatments & Home Remedies

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The word inflammation gets thrown around a lot in medical and casual spaces because it is one of the most common responses of the body. In fact, most people experience some form of inflammation in their body every single day. Granted, some of these inflammatory activities go undetected, meaning that they don’t show any notable symptoms but inflammation of various types and severities occur all the time in the human body.

Considering that inflammation will certainly affect you at some point in your life, it is important to know as much about it as you can!

Treatments for Inflammation

Fortunately, there are some treatments for inflammation, such as anti-inflammatory pain reliever drugs, corticosteroids and even surgery.

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Technically known as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), medications like Ibuprofen and Aspirin are able to block certain enzymes and reduce the presence of prostaglandins, which cause pain at the site of inflammation. These can reduce your body’s ability to clot blood but they can help to cut down on unnecessary inflammatory responses.

Corticosteroids

This class of medications is able to reduce the activity of the immune system to reduce the inflammatory response, which can lower swelling, particularly when topically applied.

Surgery

For cases of chronic inflammation, particularly those resulting in arthritis, there are certain surgeries that can repair joints, which will reduce the constant inflammatory response in those areas.

Home Remedies for Inflammation

Many people don’t want to use medications or resort to surgery, and there are a number of simple home remedies that can be extremely effective, including ice, physical rest, magnesium, dandelion leaves, turmeric and ginger, among many others.

Ice

Applying ice to the site of acute inflammation is excellent for reducing pain and slowing the immune response, which can reduce swelling. When tissues swell, it can press on nerves and cause pain, and ice can prevent this swelling from occurring.

Rest

Physically resting the area in question will allow the immune response to be carried out quickly and effectively, without triggering additional inflammation by moving the wound or affected area. This is particularly true if you are experiencing acute inflammation.

Magnesium

A deficiency in magnesium causes a rise in pro-inflammatory markers in the blood, so ensuring you get enough of this mineral is critical to preventing chronic inflammation. Good food sources of magnesium include beans, nuts, spinach and brown rice.

Turmeric

This popular spice is packed with anti-inflammatory compounds, as well as antioxidants, which will speed the healing rate and reduce the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the body.

Ginger

Perhaps the best home remedy for this condition, ginger is packed with compounds that will inhibit key genes in the inflammatory response including genes, hormones, and cytokines. Ginger can be consumed in many different forms and is widely known as one of the best remedies for inflammatory activity in the stomach.

Dandelion Leaves

These plants may be considered a weed in some parts of the world but dandelion leaves are packed with some of the same compounds as are found in pharmaceutical drugs for inflammation. Brewing dandelion tea or cooking up the dandelion leaves with some garlic are both delicious and easy ways to reduce inflammatory activity in the body.

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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