4 Anti-Inflammatory Plants for Every Medicine Cabinet

Rather than relying on over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, turn to these four anti-inflammatory plants to fight inflammatory disorders such as hay fever and cardiovascular disease.

| March 2015

Drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofren are among the top-selling pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, using these drugs long-term can lead to chronic conditions that require further medication. Read Christopher Vasey’s latest book, Natural Remedies for Inflammation (Healing Arts Press, 2014), to guide your use of natural anti-inflammatory remedies. This excerpt from chapter 5 showcases four safe and effective anti-inflammatory plants.

Numerous medicinal plants are effective against inflammation. Those presented here are known for being highly effective and easy to use. They can be divided into three major groups.

1. The first group includes the plants that stimulate the body to produce hormones that reduce or remove inflammation. These anti-inflammatory hormones are members of the cortisone family, for which reason these plants are described as having “cortisone-like” action.

2. The second group consists of plants that work by directly supplying the body with substances that block the inflammatory process.

3. The third group contains plants that have an antihistamine effect. The inflammation mediators—in other words the substances that trigger inflammation—consist not solely of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins but include a good many others. Among them, histamine figures prominently. It is involved in allergic inflammatory disorders like hay fever, for example. As their name indicates, these antihistaminic plants reduce blood histamine levels, and thereby the inflammation. The other anti-inflammatory plants do not do this; they act on the effects of histamine, but not on its concentration in the body.

Herbs for Inflammation

The profiles of the plants in these three groups are broken down into subsections that make it possible to easily find the information you are looking for.

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