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Try these 4 natural anti-inflammatory agents for pain relief

Tired of dealing with body aches and joint inflammation? These are the four natural anti-inflammatory agents you should be aware about instead of solely relying on pain killers.

Written by Anuradha Varanasi | Updated : September 15, 2016 11:44 AM IST


4 Natural Anti-inflammatory Agents That Can Provide Pain Relief

Dealing with body pains and aches on a daily basis can significantly affect your productivity and quality of life. Instead of relying on synthetic pain killers that have a wide range of side-effects, you could consider one of these natural remedies for some relief. You could consult an Ayurveda specialist to get the right dosage and form in which it can be taken.


White Willow Bark Is As Effective As Aspirin

White willow bark: Bark from the white willow tree is one of the oldest herbal remedies for pain and inflammation, dating back to various ancient civilizations due its pain relieving properties and also for preventing or reducing fever. Various studies have found that its mechanisms are similar to aspirin without any of the gastric side-effects. It can be effective in treating lower back pain and the usual dose is 240 mg per day [1]. However, those with diabetes, peptic ulcer disease or renal diseases should avoid using it. Also Read - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS): Why Is The First Day Of Workout So Tough?


Turmeric As An Anti-inflammatory Agent

Turmeric: Curcumin is widely used in Ayurveda and Chinese medicines as an anti-inflammatory agent. Various studies have found that turmeric extracts are highly effective in preventing arthritis and also has properties to reduce joint inflammation in the form of an essential oil [2]. Remember that the standard dose of turmeric powder is 400-600 mg per day.


Frankincense For Relief From Arthritis

Frankincense: The Boswellia tree species are commonly found in India and possesses a gum resin known as frankincense that has anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and pain relieving properties. Researchers have found that 333 mg extracts taken three times a day can show significant improvement in the arthritis of the knee [3].  Also Read - All Contraceptive Pills Slightly Increase Risk of Breast Cancer: Study


Resveratrol, A Compond From Grapes For Pain Relief

Resveratrol : This compound is most commonly found in grapes and is effective in reducing arthritic joint pain [4]. It is commercially available as a diet supplement capsule and the dose can vary from 50 mg to 500 mg daily. However, consult your doctor if you are on any type of coagulation or anti-platelet medication before consuming these capsules.