I routinely receive emails from tennis elbow sufferers, and one of the most common inquiries I receive is, Geoff – if anti-inflammatories are so bad for me and they only mask my tennis elbow pain, Are there any Herbs that I can take that acts as an anti-inflammatory instead of taking ibuprofen?
Answer: Yes, there are a number of excellent anti-inflammatory herbs. The 3 most important are:
* Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric accounts for the yellow color of curry and American mustard and has a specific sharp often bitter flavor.
Turmeric can be used for many inflammatory disorders such as:
– auto immune conditions.
Many doctors and health professionals usually recommend taking 400 to 600 milligrams of turmeric tablets/capsules 3X per day or you can follow the instructions on the product label.
If you can get whole turmeric it has been proven to be more effective than isolated curcumin. Seek out curmumin that is made up of 95% curcuminoids.
It is not uncommmon for the full benefits of curcumin to take effect It can take up to 2 months for the full effects of taking curcumin to run its course and gain control of your inflammation and swelling.
Warning: If you suffer from gallstones or bile duct dysfunction do not consume curcumin. Also, pregnant women shouldn’t use it without the consent of their family doctor.
* Ginger: Powdered dry ginger is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Take one to two capsules (500 to 1,000 mg) twice a day with food.
As with turmeric, you won’t get the full effect for about two months.
* Boswellin: This is the extract of the herb Boswellia, used in Ayurvedic medicine and available in capsule form.
It may be useful for generalized inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia. The dosage is two capsules twice a day unless the product label directs differently.
You can take all of these herbs in combination.
Many herbs also contain antiphlogistic characteristics. Many herbs can be used as the sole or supplementary therapy in auto-immune diseases or as complementary corticosteriod therapies which allow sufferers to ingest smaller doses or shorter rounds of corticosteroids. It’s not uncommon in today’s day and age to various treatment methods to involve both alternative and conventional treatment options which is sometimes referred to as integrative medicine.