How to Reduce Inflammation Pain

An Overview

Inflammation reflects the body’s biochemical/cellular response, which includes cells (WBCs, lymphocytes), chemicals (cytokines, irritants), and infectious agents (pathogens) in a complex symphony of protection, support, and eradication.
It occurs as part of the body’s natural response to an injury or infection. This biological response is a sign that the body is trying to heal itself from an injury, infection, or physical trauma.
Inflammation is manifested in the form of localized swelling, redness, pain, and a raised temperature of the affected region. The inflammatory response is vital for eliminating harmful substances and healing infections, wounds, and tissue damage.

Signs and Symptoms of Inflammation

Inflammation often presents a range of symptoms. The severity of these may vary from one case to another. Typical symptoms associated with this condition are:
• Redness
• Swollen or tender joint
• Joint pain
• Stiffness
• Loss of function
Additionally, inflammation may cause flu-like symptoms such as:
• Fever, chills
• Fatigue
• Loss of energy
• Headaches
• Loss of appetite
• Muscle stiffness

Causes of Inflammation

Inflammation is a symptom of an underlying ailment, injury, or infection. Here are a few common causes that may lead to inflammation in the body.

• Physical trauma
• Sprain, muscular strains, joint dislocations
• Cut, scratch, or burns
• Sore throat – infectious or noninfectious
• Dermatitis
• Acute appendicitis
• Tonsillitis
• Sinusitis
• Infective meningitis
• Intensive exercise
• Acute bronchitis
• Infected ingrown toenail

Home remedies for Inflammation

Turmeric

The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric have been used since ancient days in Indian as well as Chinese medicine. Curcumin, an antioxidant present in turmeric is accountable for the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. Add some turmeric powder to water and boil it for 10 minutes. Strain it and add a little honey for taste and drink it to reduce inflammation. You can add turmeric powder to hot milk and drink it. Turmeric is a traditional treatment to heal inflammation. The anti-inflammatory compound curcumin in turmeric can help reduce inflammation and pain.
In a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers concluded that curcumin has an inhibitory effect on many molecules that cause inflammation after reviewing several studies on curcumin

Ginger

Ginger is another spice that is an integral part of Indian cuisine. It supports health and acts more like a medicine rather than a spice. Its anti-inflammatory properties are found to be similar to NSAIDs because of gingerols according to recent research. It is said to be beneficial for treating arthritis joint pain and joint inflammation as well. Brew some ginger tea and drink it in the morning.

Use Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is a tried and tested home remedy for inflammation. It contains natural compounds called capsaicinoids, which give cayenne pepper its anti-inflammatory properties. One of its capsaicinoids, capsaicin, helps by preventing the activation of the brain’s pain transmitters, thus reducing the feeling of pain.

Honey, lemon and ginger

The properties of anti-inflammation of ginger paired with the natural warmth of honey are highly effective in alleviating pain and inflammation.
• Crush a ginger into tiny pieces and add them to a bowl of water.
• Boil this for ten to fifteen minutes.
• Strain out this ginger-water mixture to a cup and add a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice.
• Drink this thrice a day for a week or so and the pain will alleviate.

Potato

Potato is useful for reducing inflammation of extremities especially during pregnancy. It is also effective for treating arthritis symptoms. The nutrients in potato such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, etc lower swelling in the body, especially in the intestine. You can drink a glass of potato juice or place sliced potatoes over the inflamed area to get rid of the problem.

Eat Garlic Cloves

The anti-inflammatory property of garlic is effective in reducing inflammation in the body. Garlic is teeming with sulfur-containing compounds that help block the pathways that lead to inflammation.
A study published in Arthritis Research & Therapy found that thiacremonone, a novel sulfur compound isolated from garlic via inhibition of NF-κB, exerted anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic properties and thus could be a useful agent for the treatment of inflammatory and arthritic diseases

Compress

Applying either a hot or a cold compress will help reduce swelling instantly. If you have developed inflammation due to any allergic reactions, then a cold compress would work better. If it is due to injury, then a hot compress would be better. However, people with arterial diseases and diabetes should consult a doctor before using a hot or cold compress.

Oil of Sesame and Lemon

The citric acid present in lemon helps to break down the crystals of uric acid thereby alleviating pain and inflammation in joints.
• Take two lemons and chop them into small pieces.
• Wrap the pieces in a clean cloth and dip it in lukewarm sesame oil.
• Apply this soaked cloth on the affected part with gentle pressure for about ten to twenty minutes.
• Do this daily until the pain disappears.

Exercise

Exercise is the best natural prophylactic, and often the best treatment for a myriad of human ailments. Exercise also happens to be a great thing for inflammation, but you have to approach this cautiously. If you’re not used to exercising regularly it’s a good idea to start slow, and work your way up.
• Ultimately you want to be exercising about 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week. Some of the most effective exercises when it comes to fighting inflammation are:
• Walking or Nordic walking
•  Yoga
•  Body weight exercises such as calisthenics
•  Cycling
•  Exercises using a foam roller – this works by giving you a deep tissue massage helping fight inflammation
•  Jogging

Manage Stress

Better Stress is nothing but bad, bad for your mood and bad for your health, it’s also bad for inflammation. While there is no direct link between stress and inflammation, stress causes us to indulge in bad habits which can make our inflammation worse. There are a few things you can do at home to manage your stress, here are some of the most effective:
Meditation. This one might be difficult for some people to start, but after a week of practice 2 times per day (10 minutes in the morning -10 minutes before going to bed) you’ll start to see a decrease in stress and increase in your overall well-being.
Yoga. This is one of the easiest things you can do at home by yourself, and it’s great for managing stress. Make sure to start slow, if you’re not very flexible be careful not to push yourself too hard.

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