Six Natural Remedies For Inflammatory Diseases

Written by Megan Colwell

There is nothing more debilitating than constant, chronic pain. But as we continue to learn that painkillers aren’t the long-term answer, and that the GP doesn’t have many solutions up their sleeve, what options do we have to cope with arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic pain? How to reduce inflammation in general? Well as always with health, once we bring it back to simplicity, we find there are in fact many natural remedies worth trying that do may give short term relief! There are also some more foundational changes we can make to our health (although a little more effort is required) that can result in relief and a significant longer-term improvement.

Hot baths

Simply put, hot baths are underrated. In ancient Greece, baths were a staple part of the culture. The Romans took bathing even further, as they socialised in their communal baths on a daily basis and turned each part of the bathing ritual (undressing, bathing, sweating, massage) into it’s own specialised area in the bathing houses. There are some tips to setting up a good bath: Firstly, put the kids to bed, we don’t want their background noises distracting you. Run the bath piping hot. Put some salts in there… and we don’t mean the ones from Lush. Get some Celtic sea salt and put half a kilogram in the water along with the same amount of Epsom salts. Your skin will open up, allowing the 52 good minerals from the salt and the magnesium from the Epsom salts to enter the system. Epsom salts calm the central nervous system and make you feel at ease. All you need now is a magazine; some candles… some essential oils burning. Anything that helps you relax and enjoy. Baths are amazing for relaxing both the body and the mind. Focus on trying to let every muscle relax and take some deep breaths. The hot bath with open up the blood flow and soothe the joints, great for your arthritis, fibromyalgia or any sort of chronic pain. Baths are also a great remedy for general stress releasing. 

Infrared sauna – Hot  Treatment

The Finnish have used hot treatment for centuries. More and more studies are now being released, showing the benefits of hot treatment for chronic pain and inflammatory diseases. Infrared Saunas are one of the few ways those who cannot exercise anymore can improve their circulation and feel a great sense of relief. The infrared heat penetrates deeply, moving oxygen rich blood around the body and into the joints, providing relaxing pain relief. 

Moving from a hot sauna to an ice bath (or cold shower for the not so adventurous) can add to the process and works pain relieving wonders for a lot of people. 

Gentle Massage

Massage is a great way to open up blocked channels in the body, increasing both the blood flow to poorly circulated areas as well as increasing the energy flow in the body. Even just a 15 minute massage targeted on a more painful area can provide some short-term relief. With many Chinese massage shops open in most shopping centres now offering affordable, quick options, go and give it a try. Massage is a large part of Chinese culture, and weekly massages are commonplace. They believe it helps to remain clear, calm and connected with their body.

Hydration

Studies show that 80% of the Australian population are dehydrated.  Rehydrating the body takes knowledge, and anywhere from 3 – 12 months depending on your commitment. Hydration can be one of the easiest ways help manage inflammation. How much water have you drunk today?

Exercise

Exercise gets the bodies systems working. Ever at work, feeling stuck and not sure how to proceed with a task at hand? Go for a walk! We as human beings are designed to move, not sit still all day. Even a quick walk increases blood and oxygen flow, brings relief and helps loosen joints and muscles. It might also help you come to a solution for the task you were working on.

Do we really need to go any further into why exercise is good for you? Get out there and go for a walk, get things moving!

Food

Food is always a point of contention, but as we mentioned in our previous blog post (what is inflammation) the food choices we make greatly affect our body, it’s cells and their health. Changing what we eat is always so hotly contested because not everyone wants to alter his or her food habits. We get it- it’s hard! However there’s no doubt that a healthy diet, rich in vegetables and natural ingredients leaves your body in far better shape, and therefore more able to handle disease and pain. Simply reducing your animal product intake from 3 meals a day to 1 can help in managing your arthritis. Learn how animal products affect inflammation here

 If you find yourself completely fed up with your condition, try something different! Please remember every person is different and what does or doesn’t help will always vary according to you and your body :) These are just some easy, natural things to try and see how you go!