Inflammation occurs as a result of the flaring of the white blood cells to protect the body from infection. However, according to WebMD, in autoimmune diseases like arthritis, the immune system flares up and causes inflammation even when there is no invading body which signals the need for an actual inflammation.
Other reasons behind inflammation are stress, food allergies, and excessive sitting. Inflammation manifests through joint ache and stiffness, as well fever, chills, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, and stiff muscles. There are available over-the-counter medications that your physician can prescribe; however, sometimes, natural remedies are a better and safer option.
For an example, take a look at these 8 Ayurvedic remedies for inflammation:
- Stress diary
According to Spirituality Health, you should record the times when you feel stressed. When a person is stressed, the immune system triggers an inflammatory response. If you conclude the reasons behind your stress, you can work on lowering the triggers, and thus reduce the inflammation. As an example, is your body stiff the day after drinking too much milk? This is a frequent symptom of common allergies, like gluten, lactose, and soy.
This Ayurvedic herb is known to possess anti-inflammatory properties. Namely, as written in an article by Spirituality Health, this spice is more effective in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis than pharmaceutical drugs. You can put it in curries, eggs, or drink it dissolved in a glass of warm milk.
As seen on Spirituality Health, this spice can be very efficient in increasing the mobility of the joints, reliving ache, lowering the swelling, and reducing stiffness in the morning period. A good option is to drink fresh ginger tea every morning.
According to The Chopra Center, 60 to 70% of the immune system is found in the gut. Therefore, it is crucial to maintain the happiness and health of the gut. Whenever the gut is upset, an inflammatory response will follow. One way to maintain the gut healthy is through regular intake of probiotics, like yogurt.
When you lack sleep, the body doesn’t have time to restore and repair. Hence, this makes the system go into overdrive during your waking hours, and this overdrive causes inflammation. Therefore, as written on The Chopra Center, sleeping 8 hours daily is crucial for lowering the inflammation.
As written in an article by Banyan Botanicals, everyone should give themselves a 10 to 20 minute-massage daily. For example, rub the painful joints with ½ cup of warm sunflower or coconut oil and then take a bath or warm shower.
- Yoga, swimming, and riding a bike
As seen on Banyan Botanicals, people who suffer from chronic inflammation need to do exercises that are soft on the joints like yoga, biking, and swimming.
- Fennel, cilantro, and coriander
Since these herbs are cooling, they help in the reduction of inflammation. These herbs need to be a part of a diet which is consisted of sweet, bitter, and astringent foods. A recommendable dinner for people with chronic inflammation is chickpeas cooked with turmeric and tossed with cashews, cilantro, coriander, and pomegranates.