A natural defense mechanism that helps the body fend off pathogens and foreign organisms and illnesses is the inflammatory response. There are two distinct forms of inflammation: the first is acute inflammation, which lasts for brief periods of time and occurs when the body’s cells or tissue are damaged. The second is chronic inflammation, which may occur for months or years, and can lead to long-term, debilitating effects on the body.
NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications) are one of the most popular over the counter medicine families that are used for chronic pain, inflammatory disease processes, and injuries.
Deep tissue massage has been shown to significantly increase blood flow to muscle groups. The recent influx of massage guns onto the market has made getting regular massages cheap and easy. By implementing massage into your daily life, as a warm-up and a cool-down practice routine, injury and inflamed muscles could be reduced, or hopefully eliminated, from your life.
A team of researchers at Harvard Medical School led by neuroscientists has successfully used acupuncture in mice to tame systemic inflammation.(1) The new research is a significant phase in acupuncture neuroanatomy mapping.
Researchers used electroacupuncture in the recent study, a modern variant of the conventional manual technique involving the placement of ultra-thin needles just under the skin in different body areas. Electroacupuncture utilizes very thin electrodes implanted through the skin and the connective tissue instead of needles, providing greater control of the duration of stimulation.
Laboratory Testing of CBDs For Inflammation
There has been a lot of recent testing on hemp products and CBD, largely on animals at this point. Via its action on the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is an extensive physiological system in the body, CBDs might be able to affect inflammation and treat the pain that is caused by it.
CBD has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxant in studies, so it can assist with muscle stiffness as natural inflammation relief. Some athletic trainers recommend adding oral CBD oil to your morning coffee to help relieve all muscle aches and anxiety. Others suggest that CBD transdermal patches or oral preparations may function better than topical creams for severe pain.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Among the most popular OTC and natural anti-inflammatory supplements are omega-3 fatty acids, which are plentiful in fatty fish, such as cod. These supplements can help combat several kinds of inflammation, including vascular inflammation, which is a risk factor for cardiac disease. Vascular inflammation can often lead to heart attack, stroke, and hypertension.
In a recent study of 250 people who suffer from degenerative disc disease (a degrading disease of the spinal column), 59 percent of the participants were able to substitute fish oil supplements for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). By adding fish that are high in Omega-3s to the diet, like salmon, you can reap the benefits. Some Omega-3 supplements come in pill form, and others are sold as oil that is taken orally.
Curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric, is in the same family as ginger. Recent research on animals has shown that curcumin helps minimize inflammation, may speed the healing of wounds, and may have a positive effect on slowing the growth of cancerous cells..
A 2011 study also found that curcumin can help reduce inflammation caused by metabolic conditions that are commonly associated with obesity. Several inflammatory pathways were altered by curcumin, thus reducing insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, and hyperlipidemia.
While low doses of NSAIDs are safe to take with curcumin, higher doses may increase the risk of bleeding. In people who take blood thinners, and also those with bleeding problems, curcumin can increase the risk of bleeding more than the use of NSAIDs and blood thinners alone.
Always consult your physician before starting any kind of therapy or new medicine.