Since inflammation contributes to so many of the chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, liver disease, kidney dysfunction etc, you may need to follow some of these simple steps and keep away from this malady.

Turmeric Could Benefit!

Do you know that Turmeric or Haridra (Haldi) is extremely effective at fighting chronic inflammation and providing relief from the associated pain and discomfort? Belonging to the ginger family, Turmeric is a versatile herb which has been used since thousands of years to cure a wide range of conditions, such as wounds, infections, cold, digestive disorders and liver diseases, etc. Its regular usage significantly reduces the symptoms associated with inflammation.

Curcumin Especially Benefits In Inflammation?

Curcumin, an active compound found in the herb of Turmeric, is what makes it so amazingly beneficial, and also lends it a flavour of its own. The benefits of curcumin, in fact, are not just limited to being anti-inflammatory; it is also loaded with a whole host of other health properties such as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and some potential and promising anti-arthritic properties.

How To Use Turmeric?

Adding a pinch of turmeric (preferably raw) in a warm glass of milk and taking it before going to bed at night is one of the best ways to make use of this herb. Alternatively, we can add it to our daily diet or enjoy a nice hot cup of herbal tea made using some raw turmeric. Nowadays, this herb is also available in the form of supplements. Also, since turmeric itself can be a little bitter in taste, these capsules are a convenient way for us to experience its incredible range of benefits and gain relief.

Other Natural Remedies For Inflammation

Apart from Turmeric, there are various other natural remedies, which are both easy and effective at providing reasonable amount of relief from the symptoms of inflammation.

  • You could make a decoction with cinnamon, black pepper, garlic, ginger, clove, etc. which are some natural means to fight this condition. These herbs and spices not only provide relief from the discomforting symptoms of inflammation, but also promote our overall health and healing.

  • Taking Omega-3 supplements are a good way to prevent as well as cure the problem of inflammation.

  • Nuts and seeds, especially soaked walnuts are a delicious means to fight swelling and soreness, as these are good sources of proteins as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Fresh fruits and green leafy vegetable contain a variety of antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory flavonoids.

  • Freshly cut onions and garlic are also known to be quite effective at relieving from the symptoms of inflammation.

  • Hot and cold compresses are another way to gain some relief from inflammation.

  • Proper hydration prevents the accumulation of toxins in the body.

  • Bringing about some lifestyle changes such as reduced stress, improved sleep, regular movement / exercise would be of help.

What Actually Is Inflammation?

Inflammation is mainly a physical condition which is often accompanied by swelling, reddening, warmth and sometimes, even pain in and around some part of the body. Severe inflammation can also reach to the level wherein we might experience a loss of function, whereas sometimes, it might only remain dormant and show no apparent signs as such. Either ways, it is important to figure out what is causing the problem in the first place. This is because inflammation may materialise in response to an external injury, physical exertion, arthritis, stress, infection, insect bite, or some underlying grave illness such as cancer.

Self-Healing Mechanism

Our body’s healing mechanism often results in some inflammation here and there. It is believed that by means of inflammation, our body attempts to heal itself from injuries. It hence has a tendency to repair damaged tissues, especially those surrounding the affected area. The extent of inflammation is often regulated by our immune system. It is, therefore, how our immune system responds to stimuli what matters. Whenever a part of our body experiences inflammation, the WBCs release some specific chemicals into the bloodstream, in order to protect the affected area from harmful foreign substances such as bacteria and virus, thus preventing the problem from getting worse and resulting in an infection or disease. This activity of our immune system ends up with more amount of blood reaching the affected area, resulting in swelling, reddening and the area becoming hot. That is one reason why people often resort to hot /cold compresses so as to gain some temporary relief.

Care Is Needed

All said and done, it is always good to ensure that the inflammation does not last long and arise all that frequently. There are various ointments available for topical application, which may provide some temporary relief from inflammation. However, in order to cure the problem from the root and gain long term relief, it is best to go natural. Therefore it would be amicable to go in for the natural home remedies and the use of some herbs like Turmeric that are especially acknowledged and recommended by the Natural sciences.

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About the Author:

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is a leading Ayurveda Professional in India. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.

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