Inflammation is your body’s way of fighting an infection. However, arthritis and other autoimmune diseases trigger an inflammation even when there’s no “invador” as explained by WebMD.
Inflammation is sometimes caused by food allergies, stress and long sitting hours. It’s manifested through joint pain, stiffness and flu-like symptoms like fever chills, fatigue, headache, and loss of appetite.
The condition is usually treated with prescription medication that relieve the symptoms. However, natural home remedies can provide a similar or maybe even better effect. Some of these have been used for more than 3,000 years in India.
We give you eight Ayurvedic methods you should try:
1. Stress diary
Ayurvedic medicine is focused on treating the root cause of the problem. According to Spirituality Health, we should record the time we feel stressed. When you are stressed, your body sends off an inflammatory response. What causes your stress? Shut down the triggers to reduce the inflammation. Write down all the details of your body’s response to stress. Is your body too stiff when you drink a lot of milk? This may help you determine whether you are intolerant to gluten, lactose or soy.
It’s a common remedy in Ayurvedic therapies. Turmeric is really efficient in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Add it to your curry, sauces or eggs. You can also make golden milk.
To make golden milk, you need turmeric, milk (almond, coconut, and other plant sources), some freshly ground black pepper and honey. First, heat up the milk and add in your honey and black pepper. Let it cool a bit, and sweeten with honey. You will need the black pepper to improve the bioavailability of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.
It’s another common remedy in Ayurvedic medicine. Ginger relieves joint pain thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power. Use it to improve joint mobility, relieve pain, reduce swelling or morning stiffness. You can also drink fresh ginger tea every morning.
According to the Chopra Center, about 60-70 percent of your immune system is located in the gut. Optimize the function of your gut to prevent inflammation. Consume a lot of probiotics, and yes, yogurt is an excellent option.
Do you spend the nights with your eyes wide open? Your immune system needs enough time to repair itself which is why you have to get your beauty sleep. Try to sleep at least seven hours a day.
6. Self massage
Give yourself a relaxing massage once in a while. A 10-20 minute massage will reduce the inflammation. Work your sore joints and muscles with warm oil of your choice. Do this before taking a shower.
7. Yoga, swimming, cycling
Banyan Botanicals suggests that patients with chronic inflammation stick to a moderate exercise routine. Yoga, swimming and biking are good options. Exercise at least five times a week, preferably in the morning or before you go to bed.
8. Coriander, fennel and cilantro
According to Banyan Botanicals, these herbs have a cooling effect and reduce inflammation. Add them to your favorite dishes, and enjoy their benefits. Need an idea? Combine cooked chickpeas, turmeric, pomegranates, cashews, cilantro and coriander. Yum!
These methods have been used for over 3,000 years. Experts in Ayurvedic medicine swear in their power. Find what works best for your health condition. You don’t have to be sick to try something new.
Optimize your overall health, and watch your life change in a better way. Avoid sugar, processed foods, gluten or pretty much anything that gives you inflammation. No soda, please!