What is inflammation?
Derived from the Latin word “inflammo,” which means, “I set
alight, I ignite,” inflammation is the body’s natural self-protectant to
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 can be beneficial when, 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.
anti-inflammatory herbs and spices
- Black Pepper
Turmeric is commonly used in Indian cuisine and 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 zesty spice as
a remedy for colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, flu, menstrual cramps,
and the chills. Because ginger is filled with many anti-inflammatory
properties, it is great to use for arthritis, tendonitis, headaches, and
cholesterol and blood pressure aid.
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.
If you suffer
from chronic pain due to any condition or injury, find hope at The Pain Center
of Arizona! Our dedicated team of board certified pain management physicians
will work with you to treat your pain, increase your functionality and quality
of life, and get you back into life! We have locations across Arizona,
including Phoenix, Anthem, Surprise, Mesa, Gilbert, Deer Valley, Paradise
Valley, Scottsdale, and now Prescott and Tucson! We take multiple insurance
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appointment and take the first step toward getting back into life, call us
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The advice and information contained in
this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace
or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your
physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational
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