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Anti-inflammatory Herbs

Aastha Dogra
Inflammation can be caused due to various reasons such as burns, infection, or physical injury. Herbs like turmeric, neem, aloe vera, guggul, etc., are being used in Asian countries to treat this problem, since centuries. This story gives a complete list of such herbs.
Inflammation can be defined as the body's reaction to any kind of infection, irritation, or injury. It is the body's natural defensive response to protect itself against any kind of harm. However, sometimes, it may so happen that this response exceeds more than what is required by the body.
The burning may occur even when there is nothing to fight against. This can lead to serious health problems like arthritis, diabetes, or even cancer. Therefore, this problem needs immediate medical attention.
Herbs are said to be very helpful in relieving inflammation naturally, without causing any side effects. Here is a list of some of the most effective herbs for this condition.


Turmeric is considered to be the best for inflammation. It can either be added to the food and consumed directly, or can be taken in the form of tablets or capsules. Turmeric is considered to be an excellent herbal remedy for tendonitis, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders as well.


Guggul has both anti-inflammatory as well as cholesterol-lowering properties. It also acts as a pain reliever in conditions such as rheumatism and fibromyalgia. This herb should be consumed in its raw form, or in powder form for best results. However, tablets of the same are equally effective (to be taken only after consulting a doctor or herbalist).


Fresh ginger can be added to any main course dish and consumed directly. One can also opt for the ginger capsules available at most herbal stores. Fresh ginger tea, which has properties similar to ginger, can also be consumed.


Neem oil is known for its various benefits. It has been used to treat inflammatory skin conditions in India, since ages. It is also very effective for relieving joint pain, as well as muscle ache. Neem leaves and seeds have antifungal and antibacterial properties as well.


Boswellin is a natural herb, which is considered quite effective for fibromyalgia. It can be taken in a tablet form, according to the dosage mentioned on its bottle. However, it is best to consult a doctor beforehand.

Holy Basil

Holy basil, a herb commonly found and used for cooking in India, is very effective in treating cold and sore throat. The oil of this herb is quite effective in the treatment of arthritis, peptic ulcers, diabetes, and high cholesterol.


Bromelain is an enzyme that is extracted from the pineapple stem. This herb is said to be very helpful in reducing inflammation.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel, when consumed directly, helps in soothing the burning caused in the digestive tract due to various reasons; for example, peptic ulcers. Aloe Vera gel, when applied on the skin, helps in healing the wounds, as well as soothing burns on the skin. It also helps in treating skin conditions such as acne, pimples, and psoriasis.

Other Herbs

Herbs like licorice root, St. John's wort, and white willow bark have anti-inflammatory properties. Licorice is known to help in treating mouth ulcers, cough, colds, and even hepatitis infection.
However, one should make sure that they consult a doctor before taking these. They should be taken only according to the dosage prescribed by the doctor, since an overdose can lead to serious health problems. For example, excess of licorice root can cause loss of potassium, and also raise the blood pressure in the body.
Besides these, there are some spices such as black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, basil, parsley, and garlic, which can be added to the food to get rid of inflammation. These spices not only enhance the taste, but have many health benefits too.
Disclaimer: This story is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.