The Natural Way: Natural remedies for inflammation
In the past, drugs such as Celebrex, Viox and Aleve (naproxen) have all hit mainstream news as increasing the risk of heart troubles if taken on a regular basis over a period of time. Of course, these medicines are usually given to people who have chronic pain most often associated with arthritis and they have to be taken daily over a long period of time. Arthritis is the most common but is not necessarily the only ailment for which pain relief therapy is undertaken. Many people stuck in the medical model donít even know alternatives exist.
Underlying pain is a condition called inflammation. Inflammation, in the short haul is part of the healing process. But, if inflammation lasts too long and becomes chronic, life becomes miserable and other ailments tend to pop up including coronary artery disease and heart attacks. Celebrex, Viox and Aleve all have been useful in dealing with chronic pain but science has now shown there might be a deal with the devil. Take these to get rid of the aches and pain but risk of having a heart attack increases. Ironically, reducing inflammation should reduce the chance of a heart attack. Many MDs insist that these drugs, unless removed from the market by the FDA, are still useful provided that doses are carefully monitored and lab tests done on a regular basis. Be that as it may be, why not try a few tried and true natural anti-inflammatories?
There are many herbals and supplements to choose from but Iíll give a short list to consider. If I had to use something to reduce chronic pain (inflammation), and I do, then I would start with turmeric (1200mg in the am and 1200 mg at bedtime). Iíd also add 3000mg/day of fish oil (yielding about 500mg DHA/day). If I were still in pain then Iíd be adding granular MSM from 3000mg - 6000mg/day. These are my personal and professional favorites as they have no side effects except for improved health such as possible reduction of cancer, reduction of hardening of the arteries, improved hair and nails along with considerable pain reduction. The turmeric and MSM start to work right away, the fish oil kicks in over time and dosages of all can be raised if needed. There are many other naturals to choose from, too. For instance a formula product that works exceptionally well is named InflamMove ... try it and youíll like it. Just be open-minded.