Make Home Remedies for Inflammation
Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Robbi, Lynn, Shelley and 2 others
Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis and sciatic arthritis are inflammatory conditions that cause pain, swelling, redness and discomfort in the joints. While it is possible to relieve the pain and discomfort of these conditions with over the counter and prescription anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin or celecoxib, they're not always 100 percent effective. If you're pregnant or breastfeeding, have a history of peptic ulcers, or suffer from kidney, heart or liver problems, you might not be able to take some of these medications, but you don't have to suffer. There are many proven home remedies you can try to calm your body's inflammation and reduce pain, swelling and stiffness. These range from healthy foods to teas and compresses that naturally reduce inflammation in your body.
- 1 Anti-Inflammatory Foods
- 2 Inflammatory Foods to Avoid
- 3 Ginger and Turmeric Tea
- 4 Pineapple Tea
- 5 Turmeric Compress
- 6 Capsaicin Cream
- 7 Epsom Salt Bath
- 8 Warning
- 9 What Causes Inflammation?
- 10 Facts About Arthritis
- 11 Why You Should Avoid NSAIDs to Reduce Inflammation
- 12 Why You Should Avoid Steroids to Reduce Inflammation
- 13 Comments
One of the easiest ways to reduce and prevent pain from inflammation is to adjust your diet. What you put into your body plays a big role in how you feel, and research has shown that there are certain foods that can actually reduce the body's inflammatory responses because of their high antioxidant and omega acid content. Try to incorporate as many of these as possible into your diet as a long term switch, and you'll not only experience less pain - you'll have more energy, as well.
- 1Olive oil.Advertisement
- 5Nuts and seeds.
- 8Green tea.
Inflammatory Foods to Avoid
While there are a lot of foods you should include in your diet to reduce inflammation, there are plenty that you should avoid as much as possible. These foods in particular increase inflammation in your body, leading to more pain, swelling and stiffness. Many of these can also encourage weight gain and the development of some cancers and heart disease.
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Ginger and Turmeric Tea
Two of the most commonly mentioned cures for inflammation in traditional medicine are fresh ginger root and turmeric. Here is a basic recipe for tea that combines ginger or turmeric. Both turmeric (Curcuma longa) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) are both aromatic rhizomes which are popularly used to flavor food in different Asian cuisines.
- 2 inches of finely sliced fresh ginger and turmeric root, or 4 teaspoons ground turmeric and ground ginger
- 4 cups filtered water
- Honey or organic brown sugar
- Lemon grass stalk, orange slices and cinnamon sticks (optional)
- 1Boil 4 cups of water in a saucepan.
Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which has anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to eating pineapple and drinking pineapple juice, try making this pineapple tea to fight the pain and swelling caused by inflammatory conditions. This recipe makes use of the pineapple peel, which is usually thrown away. The next time you buy some pineapple, try this recipe.
- Peel of 1 large pineapple or 2 small ones
- 10 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick (about 2 inches)
- Honey to taste
- 1Wash the pineapple peel very well, using a kitchen brush to clean all crevices.
- 2Boil water in a medium sized saucepan.
- 3Cut the pineapple peel into 2-inch squares. When the water is boiling, add the pineapple peel and the cinnamon stick.
- 4Continue cooking over medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until the peel is soft.
- 5Cool the mixture, and strain the liquid into a pitcher.
- 6Sweeten with honey if desired.
- 7Drink two cups a day for a week or longer.
- Wear gloves when handling the pineapple peel since it can irritate the skin.
The practice of making a compress to place over an inflamed area is one that is mentioned in many accounts of traditional medicine. By now, you might be aware that turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties when ingested, but did you know it also works to reduce pain and swelling externally? Try this easy-to-make compress to relieve joint pain and swelling.
- Turmeric powder
- Ginger and/or cayenne pepper powder (optional)
- Elastic bandage
- Medical tape
- 1In a small bowl, mix enough turmeric with water to form a thick paste. Add a small pinch of ginger or cayenne powder for additional pain relief.
- 2Take two strips of gauze (each large enough to cover the inflamed area), and spread the paste on one strip. Cover it with the other strip of gauze.
- 3Clean the inflamed area and dry it completely.
- 4Place the filled strips on top of the inflamed area. Use medical tape to secure the gauze to your skin.
- 5Cover the affected area with an elastic bandage to make sure the compress is held in place on the inflamed area.
- 6Change the compress once a day. Continue treatment for five days.
- Wear gloves and an apron when preparing the compress to prevent stains from the turmeric.
While it might seem counterintuitive to apply hot pepper cream onto your swollen or painful joints, the capsaicin in hot peppers actually block the pain signals from reaching the brain. It's a common active ingredient in over-the-counter arthritis cream, but you can easily make it yourself. Just make sure to wear gloves and avoid touching your eyes when making or applying the cream.
- 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper powder
- 1 cup of almond, grapeseed, olive or jojoba oil
- 1/2 cup grated beeswax or 1/2 cup coconut oil
- Double boiler
- Glass jar with lid
- 1Combine the pepper powder with the oil in a double boiler over medium heat and stir well. Let it heat for 5 to 10 minutes.
- 2Add the beeswax or coconut oil to the mixture and stir until it's completely melted and blended.
- 3Cool the mixture in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, then whisk it for a few minutes. Place it back in the refrigerator for another 10 minutes then whisk it again until it's creamy.
- 4Pour it into a jar and keep it covered with the lid. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 1 1/2 weeks and apply it to affected areas as often as needed.
- Avoid applying capsaicin cream to sensitive skin. If the cream burns your skin, you can neutralize the heat by applying milk, sour cream, yogurt or cooking oil to the area and wiping it off with a soft, damp cloth.
- Don't bathe ate least 1 hour before or after applying the cream to your skin. Warm water can increase the burning sensation on your skin.
Epsom Salt Bath
One of the quickest ways get arthritis relief is through an Epsom salt bath. This time-tested technique works wonders to loosen up the joints and muscles because of the warm water and the addition of Epsom salts, which are actually magnesium sulfate crystals. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath helps boost your magnesium levels for better bone health. Add about 2 cups of Epsom salt to a tub filled with warm water and soak in it for at least 15 minutes to get the best results.
- Consult with your physician before switching to a completely natural approach if you're currently prescribed medication for the treatment of inflammation.
What Causes Inflammation?
Inflammation is the immune system's response to eliminate harmful substances from the body and begin the healing process. This is a natural and necessary occurrence to eliminate bacteria, viruses and other dangerous substances, but in some cases, the immune system overreacts and begins to attack its own tissue. This occurs because the body releases white blood cells and increases blood flow to areas of infection or injury to attack any foreign invaders. When some of these fluids leak into the surrounding tissue and lead to swelling, nerve pain and possible damage to the cartilage.
Facts About Arthritis
Arthritis is a common symptom of inflammation in the body. Signs of arthritis include redness, heat, swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints. Other side effects caused by inflammation include fatigue, headache, nausea, fever, chills, lost appetite and stiff joints, according to WebMD. In addition to medications such as NSAIDs and corticosteroids, natural remedies, physical therapy and reducing stress on the joints through the use of canes and braces can be a big help to relive the pain and discomfort associated with inflammatory joint conditions, as well as slow down their progression.
Why You Should Avoid NSAIDs to Reduce Inflammation
NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, celexocib, aspirin, naproxen and diflunisal are commonly taken to treat the pain, swelling and fever caused by inflammation, there are many cases where they shouldn't be. People who are breastfeeding or pregnant, have kidney or liver problems, chronic lung conditions, heart disease, peptic ulcer, acid reflux, Crohn's disease, blood thinners or nasal polyps, and those who consume more than 7 alcohol drinks in a week or twice per day shouldn't take NSAIDs. Studies show that long-term use or overuse of NSAIDs can put people at risk of potentially dangerous side effects and complications.
- Increased blood pressure
- Upset stomach and increased risk of stomach, esophageal or small intestinal bleeding
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage or failure
- Increased risk of stroke in people with a stroke history
- Increased risk of heart attack in people with heart disease
Why You Should Avoid Steroids to Reduce Inflammation
- Increased risk of infection and some cancers (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and squamous cell carcinoma)
- Mood swings and depression
- Fluid retention
- High blood sugar
- Osteoporosis and increased risk of bone fractures
- Slow wound healing
- Increased blood pressure
- Thinning skin and stretch marks
- Weight gain (especially in the face and abdomen)
- Cataracts and glaucoma