5 natural remedies to get rid of pain and inflammation

Green tea, chillies, turmeric and other natural remedies that can ease joint pain and inflammation.

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Pain

Did you know common natural foods can act as an effective remedy for inflammation and pain? Be it pain due to arthritis, inflammation and swelling as seen in rheumatoid arthritis or chronic pain following herpes infection, here are some natural remedies that might help with these kinds of pains.

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Fish-oils

Fish oil – An omega-3 essential fatty acid, fish oil contains anti-inflammatory compounds, which aid in the treatment of muscular and skeletal diseases. Studies [1] have revealed that substituting fish oil as natural anti-inflammatory agent for NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) showed significant relief. To reap its benefits, you have to take 1.5 – gm of fish oil per day with meals.

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Turmeric

Turmeric: This Indian spice contains curcumin, which is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer in nature. Used as a natural alternative to non-steroidal agents to treat inflammation, chronic neurodegenerative diseases, and arthritis. Include 400 – 600 mg of turmeric in diet thrice a day for effective pain relief [2].

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Green-tea

Green tea: Of the many health benefits of green tea, use of it in the treatment of arthritis as an anti-inflammatory agent is not well-known. The presence of polyphenolic compounds called catechins and epigallocatechin-3 galate are responsible for the action. Drink around 3 – 4 cups of green tea daily to deal with inflammation and joint pain [2].

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Camphor

Camphor: A gum resin known as frankincense, it posses powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and analgesic properties and hence, used to treat degenerative and inflammatory joint disorders [3]. It not reduces WBC count and inhibits the release of an enzyme released in rheumatoid arthritis. Topical application of camphor oil relieves muscle soreness and also painful injuries.

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Chillies

Chilli pepper: An active ingredient found in chilli pepper, capsiacin, helps in treating chronic pain following herpes zoster infection. When applied topically for four weeks on the painful areas of the skin, capsaicin caused substantial pain relief [4]. An inflammatory compound, capsiacin can cause burning sensation, so consult the doctor before use. You can include chilli pepper in diet to deal with pain and inflammation.