Healthy Alternatives for Pain and Inflammation Relief

Anti-inflammatory is the new buzz word.  It’s amazing how the pharmaceutical industry let this leak out! Their answer? Ibuprofen and Naproxen  which are NSAIDs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). They’ve been flying off the shelves recently because pain relief, together with reduced inflammation, works faster and lasts much longer than just a standard pain reliever (i.e. acetaminophen). Turns out, inflammation is the leading cause of pain and suffering, specifically headaches, back pain, muscle pain, and joint pain.

Touted by most practitioners of natural healing, is the use of anti-inflammatory spices…imagine that? These include ginger, turmeric,  capsaicin (hot chili pepper), devil’s claw, willow bark, pomegranate, bromelain (found in pineapple), green tea and St. John’s Wort to name a few.  Most of these can be purchased at grocery or health food stores. There is a great deal of interest and proof that these herbs, supplements and spices are incredibly effective in the reduction of inflammation. Even better, most of the contraindications resulting from NSAID use are absent. Further, capsaicin has been found to have analgesic (pain relief) properties, similar to that of Ibuprofen.

As the latest promotion and popularity of Vitamin D gains momentum (I’ll discuss that in a future post), so is the ‘new spice revolution’, Want to get in on the action? It’s absolutely simple. Go to your health food store (or order online for $12 for 1000), and pick up some empty pill capsules, Buy your bulk spices (where you can) and mix them together in a bowl. Use the larger part of the capsule as a scoop and make your very own anti-inflammatory meds. If you lack the time, most places do have these supplements already in capsule form. Doing it yourself, however, will save you mucho dinero $$$.

Cheers amigos,
Evelyn

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