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GSE Alternative Treatments for Inflammation - Short-term Relief

Inflammation /Pain Treatment

Short-term Relief from inflammation

Also see: Long-Term Anti-inflammatory Treatment

Topical Anti-inflammatories

Ice - If possible, apply ice to affected area - 10-15 mins every 1-2 hours

Comfrey Oil - not only anti-inflammatory, comfrey builds collagen, which helps heal bruises, burns, wrinkles, damaged muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones; use as comfrey leaf/root oil or leaf poutice (mash fresh leaves in a processor and place inside muslim or thin cloth and cover with plastic; alternatively if possible place

DMSO - powerful short-term anti-inflammatory

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMFT)

Anti-inflammatory "Meds"

Bad Choices

✔ Statins, NSAIDS (aspirin), prednisone /corticosteroids (can cause osteoporosis, cataracts, diabetes, Cushings syndrome)

Herbal choices for short-term anti-inflammatory symptomatic relief

–    Boswellia Serrata (indian Frankincense)

–    Turmeric/Curcumin

✔ Curcumin is the main curcuminoid found in the rhyzome of turmeric (Curcuma longa) - a popular Indian spice and a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae); curcumonoids are natural phenols responsible for turmeric's yellow color;

✔  Curcuminoids inhibit enzymes which participate in the synthesis of inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes (locally operating communication messengers derived from polyunsaturated fats) - the anti-inflammatory effect of curcumnoids has been found comparable to steroidal drugs, and such nonsteroidal drugs as indomethacin and phenylbutazone, but without the negative side-effects;

✔ Turmeric seen to kill H. Pylori –   suspected of being the microbe responsible for hijacking cells and turning them cancerous

✔  Heating curcumin destroys many of its beneficial properties

✔  Desired turmeric extract supplement properties100% organic, at least 95% curcuminoids

–   Cinnamon - active ingredient methylhydroxychalcone polymer (MHCP) was identified as the substance lowering the probability of getting type 2 diabetes in those eating apple pies.

Dr. Richard A. Anderson, at the Human Nutrition Research Center (USDA)

✔ Having similar effects as INSULIN, MHCP stimulates glucose uptake and aids glycogen (storage form of glucose) synthesis – both helpful in blood sugar metabolism:

–    Ginger

–    Bromelain - family of proteolytic enzymes commonly used for treating soft tissue injuries and treating inflammation

Reduces swelling / pain;

Increases fibrinolysis (promotesplasminogen à plasmin)

Taussig SJ, Batkin S. Bromelain, the enzymecomplex of pineapple (Ananas comosus) and its clinical application. An update. J Ethnopharmacol1988;22:191-203.

Recommended Dose: 500 -2000 mg/day (with enzymatic activity of at least 2,000 mcu/g)

Polyphenolic bioflavonoids (powerful antioxidants)

–    Resveratol

–    Quercetin – flavonol found in fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains

–    Epicatechin – found in the unprocessed cocoa component of dark chocolate

Dark chocolate –“Anti-inflammatory / Antidepressant”

Manuka Honey – antioxidant content to counter oxidant activity may account for its anti-inflammatory activity; also it is able to prevent the feedback amplification of inflammation via hydrogen peroxide.

Tart cherry juice

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