Anti-inflammatory herbs are a gift within a gift, because not only are these herbs a versatile and delicious way to liven up your meals, but they’re one of nature’s most potent weapons to stop and prevent pain.
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Now without further ado, here are 6 anti-inflammatory herbs that annihilate pain…
In the classic children’s tale Peter Rabbit, Peter’s mother gave him chamomile tea when he was feeling ill. Turns out she knew what she was doing and it is worth your while to drink chamomile tea, too! Scientific studies demonstrate chamomile is an excellent anti-inflammatory … well-known to help with stomach aches but helpful with pain elsewhere too. It is also a very calming herb, so if you experience stress it can help you relax.
Fenugreek (which in Latin means “green hay”) is another excellent anti-inflammatory. Studies have even shown it can reduce high triglyceride blood levels! Some say its taste is similar to maple syrup. The greens and sprouts are a tasty addition to a salad and the seeds provide excellent seasoning to a variety of meats, stews, and sauces. It is a common addition to Indian cooking (and you can typically find it in Indian and ethnic markets.)
Ginger is a welcome and extremely versatile ingredient in many foods, from meats and veggies to drinks and desserts. And ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties have been known and appreciated for centuries. Here again scientific research confirms this herb’s anti-inflammatory power … it’s an excellent herb for migraines and other forms of pain. By the way, ginger tea can be a big help if you experience heartburn … and it has even been shown to be very helpful with those experiencing morning sickness!
Rosemary is an excellent herb for pain because it naturally eases nerve and muscle tension. It’s very good for chronic headaches. Research shows it may even help prevent cancer and age-related skin damage! It contains salicin which is a natural form of glycoside – which aspirin is made from. Rosemary can be found in virtually any store (and it is easy to grow in a garden or pot at home), and is an excellent herb for flavoring meats, salad dressings, stews, soups, sauces and even tea.
Sage isn’t just for Thanksgiving Day dressing. Sage helps improve achy muscles and inflammation and is great to keep your mind clear. Sage is actually in the mint family and is exceptional for flavoring food.
White sage is a strong anti-inflammatory and is most often consumed as tea, while common sage can be consumed as tea or used to season food.
The anti-inflammatory herb turmeric is well known as the main spice in curry, and it is the reason for the yellow color of table mustard. It is also a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, meaning it is great for disinfecting cuts and burns. It is another very versatile herb for many foods (try it on eggs!)
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The doctor may prescribe analgesics, such as Acetaminophen and this can ease the pain and stiffness, but its effectiveness varies from case to case. With Acetaminophen can be also administrated Tramadol, another pain reliever, or it can be taken without the other drug. There can also be taken nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium, in association with other drugs.
Amitriptyline, doxepin, or nortriptyline are some antidepressant medications, that the doctor may prescribe if you have sleep problems. Also fluoxetine combined with amitriptyline can show results in this situation, and if you are having depression, sertraline and paroxetine are some medications that the doctor may prescribe.
In order to treat muscle pain and spasms, cyclobenzaprine may be taken at bed-time, but this medication should be used only for a short period of time.
Sleeping pills, like zolpidem can sometimes show benefits in some people with fibromyalgia, but the long-term using of these drugs is not advised by the doctor, because your body can become resistant to the drug’s effects, and as a last result there can appear even more sleeping problems .
Also, the doctors don’t recommend the benzodiazepines, and they even avoid prescribing these drugs, because even if they may help relax muscles and promote sleep, can become habit-forming and do not show long-term benefits.
Narcotics are “black-listed” too, because they can develop dependence and addiction potential.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be very useful, it helps the patient to increase the belief in his own potential, in his abilities, it teaches him how to deal with stressful situations and how to manage the fibromyalgia.
Interdisciplinary treatment programs can be very useful, these programs can have effect in improving the symptoms, they can even relieve the pain. They include a combination of a variety of treatments, like biofeedback, relaxation techniques, and receiving information about chronic pain. Of course, there isn’t a combination generally available, the doctor will create a program that suits best to each patient.
Self care is also very important. Getting enough sleep is essential, that’s why it is recommended that you go to bed and wake up at the same hour every day, and you should also limit daytime napping. Also try to reduce stress, allow yourself some time for relaxation, try stress management techniques, like deep-breathing exercises or meditation. Also it is important not to drop all your activity, because many times, it was shown that this situation can make even worse then if you continue working. You should continue your activities, but also you must learn to have a break and to say no if it is necessary.
You can do exercises, like swimming, biking, water aerobics or walking, and you should maintain a healthy life, by eating healthy foods and limit your caffeine intake.
By following all these advices, you may discover that you can find enjoyable every day.