Natural Remedies for Inflammation Hot
In this practical guide to natural remedies for inflammation, naturopath Christopher Vasey explores 18 anti-inflammatory herbs, such as bay laurel, basil, turmeric, and devil’s claw, as well as 15 other natural substances, such as propolis and fish oil. He explains which conditions each addresses most effectively, proper dosage, and the best methods of ingestion.
Revealing the important role of omega-3s in defending the body against inflammation and reducing the damage caused by chronic inflammation, Vasey explores what foods are rich in these key molecules, how much must be eaten to defend the body, and what omega-3 supplements are most suited to your body’s needs. The author also examines how to deacidify the body, as acids have an inflammatory effect, as well as how to use hydrotherapy to calm inflammation.
I first became aware of this author through his book the role of the acid – alkaline balance in the body, and the effects of an acidic internal terrain in lowering the defenses of our immune system. In this book, Vasey focuses on the role of inflammation – an emergency response by the body to deal with circumstances ranging from trauma to microbial invaders. It is important to understand that inflammation is a natural process, and is the body doing the best it can to deal with an external threat. Although inflammation is associated with pain, suppressing inflammation may make you feel better in the short term – and there's nothing wrong with that – but if the substance used to deal with the inflammation has toxic side effects, it may leave you worse off in the long run.
Many of the drugs used to treat inflammation has been isolated from natural herbs and then synthesized in the laboratory. That enables the drug companies to patent them and make money. The natural substances from which they were derived, however, contain a range of cofactors that both enhance their effectiveness and eliminate to a great extent any side effects. Knowledge is the real gift in this book. Vasey gives an extensive list of plants, each with botanical a description, history of use, it's properties and its indications. He explains which organs and conditions each plant is most effective for and exactly how to prepare and use it. This book is a wonderful reference to have on hand. One of the easiest messages to take away and to implement is the use of fish oil as a very potent anti-inflammatory. Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most potent weapons in the anti-inflammatory arsenal.
Dr. Vasey also talks about the benefits of hydrotherapy – the application of hot and cold compresses or showers or baths. It is so useful to be able to look up natural and inexpensive remedies that don't leave a toxic calling card. This book is a wonderful addition to any home reference library.