Natural and powerful anti-inflammatory remedies
Natural and powerful anti-inflammatory remedies
By Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete
(Healingtalks) In my life-long naturopathic studies, I have keenly observed how most major illnesses tend to begin with a subliminal or slight, almost unnoticed inflammation.
Understanding the key role of inflammations
What this really is, is a burning out of the life force, fire taking out the light or inner consciousness of the body. If there is a surplus of life force, the body overcomes the inflammation and the next day you may feel fine. But over time, often decades, something else happens. How does this bring about eventual disease?
The answer is actually simple but profound. This is based on the deep insight that consciousness in us, and in all of nature, forms a universal relationship of connection. Imagine this is the true foundation of nature being sacredly one. Then without the high-level presence of inner consciousness, any living nature would fall apart because consciousness is that relationship of connection. We too become not “at-one” or whole or healthy as a result. We become ill and diseased. As consciousness depletes itself over time, inflammations manifest first in the early or acute stages of illness. In the later stages of illness, consciousness is indeed depleted in a non-recovering way. There is no longer adequate inner awareness, inner life – as with the brain unconsciousness of Alzheimer’s disease, the unconsciousness of extremities with diabetics, and the silently spreading unconsciousness of metastatic cancer sufferers.
Knowing the importance of counteracting inflammations
By understanding the above deeply, we fathom the huge importance of counteracting any and all inflammations – such as nephritis, colitis, arthritis, hepatitis, prostatitis, encephalitis, rhinitis, retinitis etc. The list is almost endless precisely because this ties into the universal principles underlying the life force of the body as a whole. The ever greater specializing of medicine (it also makes more money that way) and thus the ever more narrow focusing of modern medicine is reflective of a root misunderstanding towards this underlying connective and true healing principles of nature and thus our bodies.
The conventional approach then is to treat inflammation with some type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, like Vioxx — which was taken off the market years ago after it had killed more than 60,000 people.
These drugs do little or nothing to treat the cause of inflammations. In fact they are essentially harmful to the healing process by design. For chemical drugs are designed ultimately under the guidance of the math-based/atomic worldview, and where most math symbols abstract how to exactly separate, not connect, all of consciousness. This is a long discussion to explain this fully. It is just important to suspect that this mathematical ideology of nature might form a less than adequate way to connect our whole vision of the world and of the cosmos. The reader has probably never read such a statement, so it involves a little shock to our worldview sensibilities, and time to absorb. Could our allegiance to a 17th century worldview be the root reason why most of modern healthcare systems – dispensing surgery, radiation and pharmaceutical drugs – offer too little help in getting at the root cause of inflammations.
Miseducation of physicians – being taught Newton’s mechanical worldview
Currently we see an ever greater spread of inflammatory and chronic health epidemics – especially the most consciousness-depleting one’s (cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s). We are told that a cure is just around the corner, with more chemical or genetic research, but in the meantime we are helpless to stop these epidemics. We can lessen the pain, becoming yet more unconscious by using drugs. We can extend our lives where diseases are then very profitably managed but not cured by the doctor or hospital.
In fact more than half of Americans are diagnosed as continuously suffering from chronic ills and about 25% of children as well. Still a higher number remain undiagnosed with some subliminal or latent conditions.
Taking action – using powerful anti-inflammatory supplements
With the above new understanding we can now be inspired to take seriously the huge importance of anti-inflammatory remedies. We can use them with more staying power, not deflected back toward ill-promoting and less conscious paths. Fortunately there are very powerful natural anti-inflammatory remedies we can turn to:
MSM has the ability to neutralize, eliminate or reduce inflammation. It also can break down the calcification that is associated with later-stage or chronic states of hardening or life-depletion. In your arteries, the physical name for this is plaque and it feeds heart disease. MSM turns such calcified deposits into calcium sulfate to be excreted, as described in the chemical model. The dosage maybe 2,500 mg per day. But you need to build up to 5,000 mg or 7,500 mg, and allow it to work over a period of months. This can be used as a remedy for rheumatoid arthritis (where the ’tis’ of course stands for inflammation). It’s also important to note that if you’re allergic to sulfa drugs, you may have trouble with MSM because it is a type of sulfur.
MSM is not a drug however. It is a natural compound that exists in all trees and many plants. MSM is highly concentrated in aloe vera, for example, so you can also use natural aloe vera products that contain MSM. As with most supplements, quality is a concern when it comes to MSM. Consider using tree-derived form.
A tremendous antioxidant, vitamin C is also anti-inflammatory, and is vital for rebuilding collagen and connective tissue. Take your MSM and vitamin C together if possible. Your best bet is to use a natural plant-based or botanical vitamin C supplement, such as acerola cherry, rosehip, or camu berry. Keep in mind that high doses of vitamin C can cause diarrhea, so again, you’ll want to start slowly and work your way up to about 3,000 mg per day. Certain newer supplements also use liposomal – delivery systems that can increase their bio-availability.
Practical Advice – A great idea is to start a morning routine of making freshly-squeezed citric juice, with an MSM and Vitamin C added. Then, depending on the severity of the condition add green veggie juices during the day. In addition note that early in the morning, the citric juices, with vitamin C added, will have a laxative, colon-cleaning effect,
These include reishi mushrooms, cordyceps, Agaricus blazei and chaga mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms can help boost your immune system to break up longstanding infections.
Practical Advice – There are also mushroom products available as powders. These are best added to smoothies, protein shakes, teas and other beverages.
Herbs/condiments – such as fennel and dill
Fennel is a cooling plant suitable for juicing. Fennel juice is specifically recommended for headaches and migraines which are really brain inflammations. Dill is related to fennel, and is incidentally very beneficial for producing breast milk in nursing women. Also anti-inflammatory herbs like tumeric and cummin are commonly used in Indian cuisine. fennel, cardamon, mint, basil, shredded coconut and raita spices. See
Practical Advice: See which cooling spices best agree with your palate and add them to your favorite recipe. These are especially recommended during hot summers, but can be used at any time to counter inflammations. In Indian cuisine, these can include - turmeric- an anti-inflammatory, helps detoxify the liver, balance cholesterol levels, fight allergies, stimulate digestion, boost immunity and enhance the complexion.- coriander - a cooling herb spices.
Nearly all patients with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis tend to be deficient in vitamin D, according to Dr. Mercola who has treated thousands of patients naturally with this ailment. So optimizing your vitamin D levels, with supplements or sunlight, is recommended as an essential part of treating this condition.
Practical Advice – Get a good quality Vitamin D supplement and add this to your routine during the winter months, if in your geographic region there is too little sunlight.
Organic mangosteen rind is a further superior antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. The rind of mangosteen has been used in traditional medicinal systems in Southeast Asia, all the way into Indonesia, since the beginning of recorded history. Interestingly, it specifically treats the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Astaxanthin and Omega Fats
This is a seafood component extracted from algae. Astaxanthin provides three unusual health benefits:
- Preventing sunburn (4mg dose)
- Eliminating cataracts and age-related macular degeneration
- Protection against radiation damage when flying in an airplane
It’s a bit pricey. So a less expensive alternative is krill oil, which also contains astaxanthin, in addition to essential omega-3 fats such as eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA).
Juicing celery and cucumber
Vegetable juicing, particularly celery and cucumber juices, will help greatly. To such juices the above supplements can all be added.
Juices carry the life force of plants the most, being the more liquid thus connective (conscious and life bearing) rather than solid or separative (unconscious or death bearing) aspect of any plant’s existence.
Celery and cucumbers are very rich in electrolytes and have a cooling effect on your body, which is the same as anti-inflammatory. These drinks are thus used as a juicing base at the Hippocrates Institute, Tree of Life and other major natural healing centers to also and further draw toxins out of the body that are the source of inflammations.
Practical Advice: If you are fighting a serious chronic disease, have a base of celery and/or cucumber juice (adding the juice of sprouts and your favorite greens) and drink an eight ounce glass at least twice a day. With the Gerson Therapy, there are 13 daily juices, often for patients for are literally fighting for their life.
Raw living foods
Inflammations take the life force out of the body so you want to put it back in. This cannot be done with just eating essentially dead or high-heated foods. Raw living foods instead are both cooling and enlivening.
Practical Advice: It is a good idea to get a book on raw living food cuisine. Like learning how to prepare Indian or Chinese food, it is a world unto itself, and can be quite an adventure. To follow this full-fledged means added a good juicer, blender, food processor and dehydrator to your kitchen. We learn how to prepare the most delicious dishes in an “uncooked” way, and with foods heated no more than about 105-110 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter, we pour hot water over yummy uncooked ingredients and add a little fermented soy plus spices that agree with the palate.
We can have toxic and inflaming emotions which will feed an ill condition of the body. So addressing these emotional wounds is another vital part of the process. Dr. Mercola recommends his Emotional Freedom Technique and there are many other such spiritual or inner approaches to emotional healing or emotional detoxing.
Getting rid of inflammations can be a giant step to taking control of your health and that of your loved ones.