Definition of Anti-inflammatory:

Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms, without directly acting on the cause of inflammation, e.g., glucocorticoids, aspirin.

Also: Antiinflammatory

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Alfalfa a treatment
“...Alfalfa alkalizes and detoxifies the body, acts as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory and contains an anti-fungal agent...”

Allergic Conjunctivitis

...the condition
“...Recommendations include cold compresses, anti-inflammatory eye drops, or mild eye steroid preparations applied directly to the eyes for severe reactions...”
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Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

...recommendation Eyebright
“Eyebright is both astringent and anti-inflammatory, and decreases the hypersensitive response of the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, throat, and ears, thereby reducing and soothing swollen, irritated tissues.”
...recommendation Goldenseal
“...It is anti-inflammatory to the mucous membranes, and helps reduce and soothe swollen, irritated tissues.”

Alzheimer's Disease

...our question about Aspirin use
“People who regularly take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease.”

American Skullcap a treatment
“...Some species of skullcap have been found to contain constituents which have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties, and it is possible this extends to Scutelleria lateriflora, but further research has yet to be carried out...”


...the condition
“...The Chinese herbal medicine long-dan-xie-gan-tan (LDGXT) has also been shown to have a similar anti-inflammatory effect, and in mild cases may be used alone to relieve symptoms while infection resolves itself...”

Artichoke Extract a treatment
“...It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities...”

Aspirin a treatment
“...Other drugs with similar medicinal properties to aspirin have subsequently been developed, being collectively known as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)...”


...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“Vitamin C, present in fruits, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.  Its anti-inflammatory activity may decrease the incidence of asthma symptoms...”
...recommendation Licorice Root
“Glycyrrhizin, found in licorice root, shows steroid-like activity and has a long history of use as an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic agent, actions which have now been documented...”

Bioflavonoid Need

...the condition
“...Bioflavonoids are often called "semi-essential" nutrients because they are an important part of our regular nutritional needs and support health as anti-inflammatory, antihistaminic and antiviral agents...”

Bladderwrack a treatment
“...According to test tube and animal studies, this appears to give fucoidan several properties, such as lowering LDL cholesterol levels, lowering blood glucose levels, anti-inflammatory activity, possible anticoagulant effects, and antibacterial and anti-HIV activity...”

Boswellia a treatment
“Known in Ayurvedic texts by the name Salai guggal, studies have shown that boswellic acids have an anti-inflammatory action much like the conventional NSAIDs used for inflammatory conditions...”

Bromelain a treatment
“...It is common in digestive, vascular, respiratory, allergy, and anti-inflammatory products.  Possible hidden sources of bromelain include meat tenderizers and beer, where it is used in the clarification process...”

Cayenne Pepper a treatment
“...It is thought to work by a combination of desensitizing the nerves, mild analgesic effects and anti-inflammatory processes...”

Chamomile a treatment
“...These active ingredients contribute to chamomile's anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and smooth-muscle relaxing action, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract...”

Chinese Skullcap a treatment
“...With its potent anti-inflammatory properties, Chinese skullcap has been shown to be an effective home remedy for arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome patients...”

Chronic Inflammation

...relationship to Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
“The adrenal glands produce hydrocortisol, the major natural anti-inflammatory steroid in the body...”
...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement
“In order to maintain proper balance of the antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins (PGE1 and PGE3) with the pro-spasmodic and pro-inflammatory prostaglandins (PGE2), it is critical to have the proper balance of essential fatty acids...”
...recommendation Bromelain
“...Bromelain's anti-inflammatory activity appears to be due to a variety of physiological actions...”
...recommendation Bioflavonoids
“...Quercetin is known to reduce histamine release from some inflammatory white blood cells; Quercetin has been likened to the anti-inflammatory drug cromolyn sodium, which acts in a similar fashion; Quercetin has also been shown to prevent release of leukotrienes – prostaglandin-like substances that also cause inflammation...”
...recommendation Turmeric Extract, Curcumin
“...The rhizome of this plant has been traditionally used as an antiinflammatory agent in Ayurvedic medicine...”
...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...The levels of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory prostaglandins are primarily determined by the intake of essential fatty acids...”
...recommendation NSAIDs
“Although they are sometimes necessary, long-term use of the more dangerous antiinflammatory drugs, such as prednisone, can cause diabetes, osteoporosis, or even death.”

Chronic Renal Insufficiency

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...Dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid manipulation results in an anti-inflammatory.  Fish oil supplementation is promising and does not produce the risks associated with corticosteroid and immunosuppressive drug use.”

Cilantro a treatment
“...Recent studies suggest that Cilantro may also have anti-inflammatory properties...”

Cleavers a treatment
“...The dried or fresh herb is alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, aperient, astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic and vulnerary...”

Cold Or Flu

...recommendation Liquid Diet
“...It has been demonstrated that chicken soup has a very mild anti-inflammatory action and this potentially could contribute to some of the so-called medicinal activities that people have attributed to chicken soup...”

Colon Polyps

...recommendation NSAIDs
“Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) could act to prevent the development of polyps in the colon, which are precursors to most colorectal cancers...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...Anti-inflammatory agents such as the omega-3 oils are especially useful when inflammation is present...”


...recommendation NSAIDs
“Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. Motrin, Advil) help decrease the pain and the inflammation, which is the primary problem...”

Digestive Enzyme (Trial) a treatment
“...Several human studies suggest that the proteolytic enzymes derived from this fungus may play a role in anti-inflammatory and fibrinolytic therapy, as well as providing digestive support...”

DMSO Topically a treatment
“...Pharmaceutical companies were thinking that if DMSO can have anti-inflammatory activity, so can other compounds, which are patentable...”

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 6 Requirement

...the condition
“...One less common Omega-6, called Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), possesses an impressive set of disease-fighting properties as well as being anti-inflammatory.  It is important to note that both Omega-6 and Omega-3 require the same enzymes in the body to be utilized efficiently...”

Effects of a High Fat Diet

...the condition
“...Omega-6 and omega-3 fats convert into PG1 and PG3 respectfully and produce an anti-inflammatory effect on the body...”


...the condition
“...Prompt treatment with larvae-killing drugs such as albendazole or anti-inflammatory agents is not consistently effective, so it is extremely important to avoid infection...”


...the condition
“...Treatment for all forms of enteritis is generally focused on relief of symptoms, with anti-inflammatory agents playing an important role...”


...the condition
“...disorders; chemotherapy; long-term steroid use; malnutrition; chemicals that are swallowed; pills that become stuck in the esophagus; medications and supplements such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), alendronate, doxycycline, iron, or potassium; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)...”

Eucalyptus Blue Gum a treatment
“...Anti-inflammatory; Anti-rheumatic A component of many topical arthritis creams and analgesic ointments, eucalyptus stimulates blood flow and warms the area, relieving pain in muscles and joints...”

Fennel a treatment
“...Key Actions ... anti-inflammatory...”

Feverfew a treatment
“...Parthenolide is thought to work as an anti-inflammatory agent via inhibition of inflammatory prostaglandins, reduction of histamine production and eventually reducing the activity of inflammatory cells...”

Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers

...our question about Aspirin use
“Inflammation may be caused by aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), but the bacterium H. pylori is generally responsible.”

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

...our question about NSAID use
“Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can damage the lining of the stomach.”

Gentian a treatment
“...Gentian is reported to have a choleretic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial action.”

Ginger Root a treatment
“...Research confirms the presence of anti-inflammatory properties in ginger as well...”

GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) a treatment
“...For those who received GLA from the outset, that improvement was progressive, and seven in this group reduced their reliance on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or prednisone...”


...related topic
“Any steroid-like compound capable of significantly influencing intermediary metabolism, such as promotion of deposition of glycogen in the liver, and of exerting a useful antiinflammatory effect.”

Glucosamine / Chondroitin Sulfate a treatment
“...The great benefit to glucosamine supplementation is that it is a precursor to cartilage formation, while ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) actually prevent the repair of joint tissue while covering only the pain...”

Gotu Kola a treatment
“Alternative names: Centella, Indian Pennywort Also known as Gotu kola, centella has antiinflammatory, anticonvulsant, antidepressant and analgesic properties...”

Gout / Hyperuricemia

...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...These side-effects are uncommon when this drug is given intravenously, but because of their unpleasant nature, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have become the treatment of choice for most acute attacks of gout...”
...recommendation NSAIDs
“Medications such as Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids and allopurinol are commonly used against gout...”

Grape Seed Extract a treatment
“...It has also shown to have anti-inflammatory and antimutagenic (anti-cancer) properties...”


...the condition
“...Prompt and appropriate anti-inflammatory medication is essential to reduce the inflammation of the affected arteries and protect eyesight...”

Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux

...the condition
“...Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common culprits in causing ulcers in the stomach...”

Hemolytic Anemia

...the condition
“...Acquired defects can occur when certain infections or the use of antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs break down red blood cells...”


...recommendation Goldenseal
“...These alkaloids are anti-inflammatory and stimulate liver function, thereby reducing liver inflammation.”
...recommendation Turmeric Extract, Curcumin
“Curcumin – the most active constituent of turmeric – is known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-proliferative effects on cells...”
...recommendation Dandelion
“Dandelion, owing to its anti-inflammatory properties, has the ability to arrest or slow liver disease and promote healing...”
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Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)

...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...Although a wide range of drugs (including phenylpropanolamine, ephedrine and the nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs indomethacin and ibuprofen) have been used to treat hypotension, many of them are not consistently effective...”

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

...recommendation Chinese Skullcap
“Chinese skullcap is particularly valued for its anti-inflammatory qualities and is known to provide relief to those with IBS.”
...recommendation Licorice Root
“Licorice root extract can help with IBS as it is anti-inflammatory and is said to soothe irritated intestinal mucous membranes by stimulating mucus production...”

Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut

...the condition
“...NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, aspirin, etc...”

IUD Complications

...the condition
“...For example, by taking anti-inflammatory painkillers or other medicines during periods...”

Lactoferrin a treatment
“...It also appears to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immunomodulatory activities...”


...the condition
“...The following gargles may be beneficial ... Laryngitis gargle: Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), sage (Salvia officinalis), and marigold (Calendula officinalis) are soothing and anti-inflammatory herbs...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“Vitamin C is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.  Dissolve 1 teaspoon of buffered vitamin-C powder in 8 ounces of water and sip this throughout the day...”

Lavender Oil a treatment
“Alternative names: Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula officinalis Lavender oil is believed to possess antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and other medicinally useful properties...”

Lei Gong Teng a treatment
“...Hook F, (literally) "Thunder God Vine" in Chinese medicine, Radix Tripterygium wilfordii Lei Gong Teng is a plant of the genus Tripterygium of the family celastraceae, believed to possess potent anti-inflammatory properties...”

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...recommendation Bromelain
“...Flax oil or fish oil along with bromelain between meals is a good natural anti-inflammatory combination.”

Lyme Disease

...the condition
“...The patient is currently on or has previously taken anti-inflammatory steroidal drugs (such as those taken to treat rheumatoid arthritis) or certain anticancer drugs...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...relationship to Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance
“...Progesterone tends to be anti-inflammatory.  Progesterone therapy may therefore be useful for MS especially as a medical report noted the association between enlarged adrenal glands and MS...”

Neck Arthritis

...the condition
“...Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be recommended to decrease swelling and relieve pain...”

Neem a treatment
“...The vasodilation and anti-inflammatory compounds will reduce the pressure on nerves that can cause the toothache.”

Nephrotic Syndrome

...the condition
“...include diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, amyloidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, leukemia, lymphoma, cancer of the breast, colon, and stomach, reactions to drugs (including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, lithium, and street heroine), allergic reactions (to insect stings, snake venom, and poison ivy), infections (malaria, various bacteria, hepatitis B, herpes zoster, and the...”

Noni a treatment
“...The noni seed oil is abundant in linoleic acid, found in products in the beauty industry, as research points to its affective properties when applied topically on the skin, i.e. anti-inflammatory, acne reduction, moisture retention properties...”

NSAIDs a treatment
“...The chronic use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should be restricted to those conditions that have not responded to more natural means or methods...”

Oral Lichen Planus

...the condition
“...Known triggers include ... Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)...”

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

...the condition
“...Two of the most powerful anti-inflammatory remedies you can use are Bromelain – an enzyme derived from fresh pineapple juice and Boswellia – a herbal resin extracted from the gum of the Indian Boswellia serrata tree...”


...recommendation NSAIDs
“NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) are commonly used to treat osteoarthritis...”
...recommendation Copper
“The use of copper bracelets in the treatment of arthritis has a long history due to its mild anti-inflammatory effects.”


...the condition
“...The pain associated with this disorder can be relieved with aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen...”

Padma 28 a treatment
“A Tibetan herbal formula with circulation-stimulating, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties...”

Painful Menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“Long-term improvement may be gained by promoting the build up of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins with Omega-3 fatty acids or fish oil...”
...recommendation Bromelain
“...Fish oil and bromelain make a powerful anti-inflammatory combination.”

Papain a treatment
“...Among its many reported biologic activities, papain has been shown to be anti-inflammatory and antiedemic...”

Pau D'Arco / Taheebo a treatment
“...Several of the quinones have proven to also have antiviral, antiparasitic, antineoplastic and anti-inflammatory activities...”

Peptic Ulcer

...related topic
“...Doctors now know that there are two major causes of ulcers: most often patients are infected with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori); others are regular users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which include common products like aspirin and ibuprofen.”

Phlebitis / Thrombophlebitis

...recommendation Bromelain
“Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to prevent blood platelet aggregation, bromelain has been suggested as a treatment for phlebitis...”


...the condition
“...Over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help relieve some of the signs and symptoms of pleurisy...”

Pregnenolone a treatment
“...Experiments conducted in the 1940s and 1950s found that pregnenolone increases productivity and reduces the stress of factory workers, and is an excellent anti-inflammatory in conditions such as, arthritis and allergies...”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...the condition
“...Some of the more regularly prescribed medications include ... Anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen to ease cramping)...”

Prolotherapy a treatment
“...Anti-inflammatory drugs are often given to treat these injuries, but they may actually slow or stop this healing process...”

Psoriatic Arthritis

...the condition
“...Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often used to treat psoriatic arthritis...”

Pumpkin Seeds a treatment
“...The seeds also exhibit antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory properties...”

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

...the condition
“...Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may ease pain and inflammation...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...recommendation MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
“...It may be because of its sulfur content, or because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties...”
...recommendation Turmeric Extract, Curcumin
“Clinical studies have substantiated curcumin anti-inflammatory effects, including a significant beneficial effect in Rheumatoid Arthritis...”
...recommendation Copper
“Copper has a mild anti-inflammatory effect.  The use of copper bracelets in the treatment of arthritis has a long history, and wearers continue to claim positive results...”

Royal Jelly a treatment
“...10-HDA has been shown to contain some of the following activities: weak antibacterial activity, inhibition of transplantable tumor and leukemia in mice, immune enhancing, liver-protectant, antiinflammatory, and radiation-protectant.”


...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“Corticosteroids such as prednisone and/or other anti-inflammatory medications can be prescribed to reduce inflammation...”

Sarsaparilla a treatment
“...Other activities associated with sarsaparilla are hepatoprotection, diuretic, and antiinflammatory activities...”

Siberian Ginseng a treatment
“...Siberian ginseng has also been used in antioxidant, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hypertensive studies, with some beneficial results...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

...the condition
“...Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs and is treated with corticosteroids and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs.  The outcome of Sjogren's Syndrome is almost impossible to predict...”

Spicy Foods a treatment
“...More recent research has focused on this compound's ability to act as an anti-inflammatory agent and aid in controlling pain...”

Stinging Nettle a treatment
“...This is probably due to antiinflammatory properties of nettles leaf, and the relationship of allergic reactions to the inflammatory process...”

Superoxide Dismutase a treatment
“Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an antiinflammatory, antioxidant enzyme produced by the body that protects against joint inflammation...”

Tendency To Nosebleeds

...the condition
“...Nosebleeds can also be caused by the following ... Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin...”


...recommendation DMSO Topically
“...The medication contained anti-inflammatory and vasodilatory compounds and was applied locally to the external ear canal...”

Turmeric a treatment
“...Turmeric (curcumin) has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cholesterol-lowering, platelet aggregation inhibition, hepatoprotective, carminative, and antimicrobial activities...”

Tylophora a treatment
“...Laboratory research has shown this isolated plant extract exerts a strong anti-inflammatory action.  Test tube studies suggest that tylophorine is able to interfere with the action of mast cells, which are key components in the process of inflammation...”

Urinary Stress/Urge Incontinence

...recommendation Bromelain
“Bromelain at 400mg three times per day, separate from meals, may have an anti-inflammatory action in patients with an overactive bladder.”


...the condition
“...Treatment methods include ... steroidal anti-inflammatory medication that (eye drops, pill, injection around or into the eye, intravenously, or slow-release capsule surgically implanted in the eye)...”

Weakened Immune System

...recommendation Raw Food Diet
“...Such effects include antibiotic, anti-allergic, tumor-protective, immune modulating and anti-inflammatory actions.  In view of this, uncooked food can be seen as a useful adjunct in the treatment of an altered or weakened immune system...”

Yarrow a treatment
“...Yarrow has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory, hypotensive, astringent, antibacterial and choleretic (bile stimulating) activities...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...relationship to (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
“Steroid hormones, immunosuppressant and anti-inflammatory drugs, ulcer medications or acid blockers used for prolonged periods can all cause yeast overgrowth.”
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