What is Inflammation?
Derived from the Latin word “inflammo,” which means “I set alight, I ignite,” inflammation is the body’s natural self-protectant against potentially harmful stimuli. When a part of the body becomes irritated or damaged, the body responds to protect it from further injury and restore tissue function.
Inflammation has health benefits. For instance, you sustain a broken knee, and the tissues surrounding the area need extra protection and care. In other cases, inflammation can cause further inflammation and get in the way of other normal processes of the body.
The Pain Center of Arizona staff is dedicated to giving patients their life back. Chronic pain symptoms can have a great deal to do with the foods you are consuming, and choosing nutritious anti-inflammatory foods are a great way to combat pain.
Top 12 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices
- Black Pepper
Turmeric is commonly used in Indian cuisine and has a peppery, bitter flavor. Some people say it has a hint of orange or ginger to its taste. Turmeric has a mustard-yellow color. For centuries, turmeric has been used to treat wounds, colds, liver disease, and fight infections. Curcumin is a compound of turmeric and also helps reduce inflammation.
Ginger root is better known for its ability to heal travel sickness, nausea, and indigestion. However, some people use this anti-inflammatory spice as a remedy for colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, flu, menstrual cramps, and chills. Because ginger is filled with powerful anti-inflammatory compounds, it is great to use for arthritis, tendonitis, headaches, cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.
Garlic has many anti-inflammatory properties, which studies show help ease arthritis pain. Allicin, a substance found in garlic, is filled with anti-bacterial properties that work like penicillin. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that helps boost the immune system, improve circulation, and lowers blood pressure.
Almost all other anti-inflammatory herbs and spices are filled with other nutrients and properties that help keep the body healthy. Dr. Andrew Weil is an expert on the anti-inflammatory diet. Check out his website to find out more about why this diet is so beneficial for chronic pain sufferers: https://www.drweil.com/. Before making any changes to your diet, consult with your Pain Center physician first.
Published On: November 26, 2013
Updated On: April 6, 2023