More and more people are turning to and adopting a natural, holistic and alternative health solutions, remedies and therapies. In the world of Big Pharma, synthetic and toxic pills, potions and powders are not living up to the Hippocratic oath, which is to, FIRST DO NO HARM to man, animal or planet. As a result, we’ve taken our health into our own hands and sought out products that Mother Nature lovingly offers.
There are a plethora of books on the market guiding us on our natural health path, some cover general topics; others are specific. Inflammation is experienced by a vast amount of people, including myself, so I sought out a book covering this subject. I found an awesome little handbook, Natural Remedies for Inflammation.
1. The Body’s Defenses
2. Physical Effects of Inflammation
3. Fifty Illnesses Characterized by Inflammation
4. How Anti-Inflammatory Agents Work
5. Eighteen Anti-inflammatory Plants
6. Supplements and Diets for Fighting Inflammation
Inflammation is our bodies natural immune response and defense system when something harmful is affecting parts of our body; there is an immediate response to expunge it. Inflammation is a clear sign our body is trying to heal itself. There are two kinds, acute (appendicitis) and chronic (Crohn’s disease). So what are signs of inflammation and how can we assist our bodies to naturally heal?
Inflammation is recognized by several symptoms of redness, pain, swelling, a rise in temperature, and body discharges. Chapter 3 delves into 50 illness that is characterized by inflammation, asthma, arthritis, sinusitis, and sciatica to name a few. It’s important to note that not all inflammations are created by infections, toxic substances can be a source. There are lots of images and illustrations that offer explanations for different conditions. I’m a visual learner, so I found them useful. Chapter 4 shares how natural anti-inflammatories can reduce to eliminate the effects of inflammation. It shows the differences between an aspirin and an herb Meadowsweet and how the two are connected. It also reveals several plant and animal sources of omega 3’s.
Part Two is where all the magic begins. Chapter 5 covers 18 anti-inflammatory plants, which are broken up into 3 groups. I really love this chapter; there’s an image of each plant accompanied by an explanation of what part of the plant to use, and which organs it will help, and dosage to use. Chapter 6 walks us through inflammation fighting supplements and diet. They cover lots of different oils, some of which I’ve never heard of, like camelina oil. As I perused through these pages, it’s clear I should be taking Omega 3’s and alkaline minerals. The final chapter talks about hydrotherapy which is basically doing exercises in cool water.
I found this little book quite informative and a valuable resource. It offers a holistic approach to feeling better and improving one’s health. It’s great for anyone looking for natural remedies and I think every home should have one.