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Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injuries or infections.  Inflammation typically causes redness, heat or swelling, and it can also cause loss of function to the affected tissue.

The two types of inflammation are acute and chronic.  Acute inflammation is a protective mechanism and is designed to heal the body and restore it to normal function.  Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, persists for a prolonged time, and it can be quite problematic and painful.

To treat chronic inflammation, you will need to use anti-inflammatory medication.  However, before turning to these drugs, you should know that there are herbs that work better than medication and are healthier alternatives.  The following are the top 6 anti-inflammatory herbs.

1. Turmeric

Turmeric has been used in medicines for centuries in Chinese and Indian cultures.  Turmeric could be found in medicines for treating conditions like liver disease, arthritis and immune disorders.  Extensive scientific research has established that one of the reasons that it was used in these medicines is because turmeric contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.  The benefits of turmeric in reducing inflammation are pegged on an element known as curcumin that it contains.
Turmeric

2. Cinnamon

According to various studies, Cinnamon contains antioxidants, fights bacteria and also has anti-inflammatory effects. However, it is necessary to get the right dosage of cinnamon if you want to see its impact as high dosages can be toxic. People with cancer and liver problems should consult a doctor before using cinnamon.

Cinnamon Stick

3. Chamomile

Chamomile has been used to heal different types of diseases for centuries now, and it can be found in many medications. Besides from being anti-inflammatory, chamomile can also be used to treat nausea and to reduce fever.

Chamomile

4. Ginger

Ginger is one of the most popular herbs in the world, and it has several uses ranging from medication to uses in the preparation of meals. Ginger is also one of the most effective anti-inflammatory herbs. Ginger works by lowering the level of inflammation-inducing hormone in the body. Ginger can be consumed when fresh or when dry, but the dry one is more potent. There are also many ways consuming ginger for example adding to vegetables or in the form of ginger tea.

Ginger

5. Garlic

Garlic is a readily available herb in most kitchens. Aside from making your foods taste better, it also has many medicinal applications. One of these applications is as an anti-inflammatory. Garlic works by altering the cytokines that cause inflammation. This helps reduce the swelling and prevent inflammation from advancing further. Other uses for garlic include the treatment of diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and a common cold.

Garlic

6. Cayenne

Scientific research done over the years has shown that Cayenne is one of the most powerful and most effective anti-inflammatory herbs. What makes it very effective in combating inflammation is compound known as capsaicinoids that can be found in cayenne and other hot chili peppers.  Besides reducing inflammation, it can also help ease pain from a headache or arthritis.

Cayenne Pepper

 

There are many other herbs that can help reduce inflammation and also provide many health benefits, but the above six are among the most powerful ones.