This week I had a lot of patients who were unable to take anti-inflammatory medications due to one reason or another. Some had peptic ulcers, some had interactions with other medications that they were currently taking, and some had tried them before and developed nausea. Anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, aleve, etc) are very harsh on the stomach lining. They can cause a variety of stomach issues and should not be taken long term if possible. There are many natural ways of reducing inflammation within the body that should be tried. They might take longer to see the results over a prescription strength anti-inflammatory, but the long-term benefits and safety out-weigh the length.
Tumeric is a yellow Indian spice that has been used for many years to treat a variety of conditions. It is also used in daily cooking in India, and is one of the main ingredients in curry. It has been used for decades to treat arthritis, heartburn, stomach issues, diarrhea, jaundice and other liver problems, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, colds, infections and wounds, and depression, amongst many other things.
There is evidence that tumeric may possibly be effective for osteoarthritis. In one study, tumeric worked as effectively as ibuprofen for arthritic pains. Tumeric is a supplement that can be purchased over the counter at your local drug and grocery stores.
Inflammation is at the heart of most chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, and obesity. Finding a way to decrease inflammation naturally through every day foods and help prevent a lot of pains and problems in the future. Other such effective spices to take note of are cloves, Cinnamon, oregano as well as juices such as aloe vera juice.
There are other non-invasive ways to get rid of inflammation in a specific area such as use of laser therapy and injections such as platelet rich plasma. Here at Advanced Podiatry, we have the latest modalities to treat inflammation, including the super pulse laser. It is important to consult your doctor before trying any supplements or therapy. Call us for an appointment today at 813-875-0555.