Herbs that work on inflammation in a holistic way
Aug 29 2013
How do you know if your body is on the path towards inflammation? If, when you fall sick, it turns into serious ailments almost every time, that’s how. Doctors say that your body is said to be inflamed if, for example, when you get a cold, it turns into bronchitis, or you get a sore throat and it turns into tonsillitis. Or if you have constant backache, chances are that you could have chronic inflammation of the joints and muscles and even your digestive system. These are simple examples showing that when your body has no resistance left to fight infections, the way for chronic diseases to take root is paved.
Short-term inflammation is, of course, a good thing, as that is what helps us to fight off bacteria and other harmful pathogens. The problem starts when your body is in a constant state of inflammation. Many herbs can work on inflammation in a multi-faceted holistic and balanced way without the side effects of drugs. Some of these spices are turmeric, ginger, garlic, parsley, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cardamom, cilantro, black pepper and basil amongst many others.
Adrak (ginger) has active compounds of gingerols, zingibain, bisabolenel, oleoresins and zingiberole and has anti-inflammatory properties which not only help improve muscle and joint pain, but also help to fight cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and cancer. It is often used to detoxify the body, stimulate circulation, and ease bronchitis and congestion, aid digestion and reduce flatulence.
Haldi (turmeric) contains compounds called curcuminoids, which help to fight inflammation. Its anti-inflammatory properties, in fact, have been compared to drugs like hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone. It is a strong tool against conditions like arthritis, cancer, joint inflammation, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, cystic fibrosis and cardiovascular ailments. Turmeric is used to heal wounds, in liver detoxification and for skin problems.
Dalchini (cinnamon), contains eugenol (used in pain relief) and cinnamaldehyde (which has sedative properties), is known to be a powerful antioxidant with anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory properties, and may even be able to help improve brain function.
Elaichi (cardamom) contains potent antioxidants, and is sometimes used in liver detoxification. It is also used to counteract ailments like acidity, nausea, flatulence, bloating, asthma, chronic bronchitis, anorexia, and even to treat gum, teeth, and throat infections. It may be used to break up kidney and gall bladder stones. The Chinese use it to treat urinary incontinence.
Here is a cholesterol-free recipe to make you sleep well at night, and also to help reduce inflammation in your body.
Haldi Almond Milk
Ingredients: Fresh almond milk 2 cups (or any other non dairy milk of your choice), 1 tsp fresh grated ginger, 1 tsp organic haldi powder, ¼ tsp fresh ground organic cinnamon powder,¼ tsp fresh organic cardamom powder, 1 tsp palm sugar or sweetener of your choice.
Method: In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the almond milk. Stir in the spices gently, making sure the milk does not boil over. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Drink up and sleep well. You can also have this drink at the start of the day instead of at night. Whichever time you choose, it’s a great way to start or end your day.