Definition Inflammation refers to redness, swelling, pain, and/or heat in the body.
Cause Inflammation is due to tissue injury, infectious disease, or trauma from physical or chemical insult sources. It can occur in any part of the body, both internal and external. Inflammation is actually a natural and potentially beneficial response of the body to factors that are irritating or damaging it. To effectively treat inflammation, you must first determine the underlying factors that are causing it.
Aromatherapy: Chamomile, lavender, frankincense, and/or myrrh are all useful essential oils. Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet, with 50-75 percent of your total food intake being raw (uncooked) foods. In cases of chronic inflammation, a simple mono-diet for two to four days, consisting solely of fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of filtered water, can be very helpful. Avoid all sugars, white flour, junk foods, and sodas, and increase your intake of garlic and plain, organic yogurt. In the morning and before bed, drink a glass of pure filtered water with one teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice and one teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll. Fresh squeezed vegetable juices or green drinks and homemade soups containing many vegetables can also help, as can taking one teaspoon of organic honey once a day. Eliminate red meat and poultry skin, as well as full-fat dairy products. Herbs: Chamomile, lemon balm, licorice, meadowsweet, St. John's wort, plantain, willow bark, and wild yam all have anti-inflammatory properties, as do sea cucumber and yarrow.
Homeopathy: Aconite, Belladonna, Ferrum phos., and Sulfur are useful homeopathic remedies. Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations. Juice Therapy: The juice of currents, black/red grapes, flaxseed oil added to combined vegetable juices can be helpful, as can fresh-squeezed pineapple, being sure to juice the armor of the pineapple as well. Nutritional Supplementation: Useful nutrients for addressing inflammation include vitamin C with bioflavonoids, zinc, beta carotene, evening primrose oil, garlic capsules, vitamin A and E emulsions, silicea, mineral complex with calcium, and S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe), an amino acid compound. Proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals are also effective, especially for severe or chronic inflammation. Alternative Professional Care If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating inflammation: Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Enzyme Therapy, Guided Imagery, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, Reflexology, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.