Inflammation is not itself a disease; it is a symptom of one. It is a protective response to the injury of blood vessels and adjacent tissues.
An inflammatory response involves an area which is undergoing continuous change while the body repairs itself and replaces injured tissues. Often there is vascular dilation and increased blood flow. This lasts for variable amounts of time. White blood cells and the lymphatic system are also involved in the process.
It is a common misconception that inflammation and infection always occur concurrently. Inflammation is a tissue-conserving process modified by whatever produces the reaction, including infections. Furthermore, inflammation may predispose an individual to infection but infection does not necessarily occur. Treatments for inflammation vary, depending on the underlying cause. Anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and some steroidal drugs are often prescribed.
There are many causes of the inflammatory response, some of which are:
Tissue invasion by foreign bodies
Heat and cold (thermal inflammation)
Surgery (traumatic inflammation)
Signs & Symptoms
The cardinal signs of swelling are:
Pain Heat Redness Swelling Impaired or disordered function of the affected part
All of the above symptoms may be observed but no one is necessarily always present.
Other symptoms include:
Headache Anorexia Malaise Fever Itching
Structure & Function: Joint Support
Adult Child/Adolescent Bee propolis* Bioflavonoids 500 - 1,000 mg 200 - 500 mg EPO* Fish oils 6 - 10 g 3 - 4 g Garlic* Selenium 100 - 300 mcg 50 - 100 mcg Vitamin C 2,000 - 6,000 mg 1,000 - 2,000 mg Vitamin E 400 - 1,000 IU 200 - 500 IU Zinc 20 - 50 mg 10 - 30 mg Luteolin*
* Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.
GLA is usually obtained from Evening Primrose Oil. EPA is mostly derived from fish oils.
Note: All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.
Those suffering from inflammation should follow a Dietary Goals Diet, and be monitored for symptoms of nutritional deficiency.
Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as colchicine or salicylazosulfapyridine, decreased absorption of fat, carotene, sodium, potassium, vitamin B-12, lactose and folate.
Aspirin interferes with intestinal iron absorption, and can create a folacin deficiency. High doses of aspirin, as are prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, can cause gastrointestinal bleeding leading to iron deficiency anemia.
Corticosteroids, another class of anti-inflammatory agents, can cause any or all of the following:
Increased vitamin D metabolism leading to accelerated bone loss
Decreased glucose tolerance
Increased excretion of vitamin C, potassium, and zinc
Increased vitamin B-6 requirement
Corticosteroids such as Prednisone can cause sodium and water retention, muscle wastage, and/or hypertension. Corticosteroids have many potential side effects. The individual should be carefully monitored for the onset of vitamin and mineral deficiencies, bleeding or edema.
In Homotoxicology, the following ingredients have been assembled to counter inflammation, of several kinds, including:
localized inflammations with swelling and redness;
inflammations due to cold and wet weather (as in arthritic conditions);
inflammation following trauma.
See also: Dermatitis
Doses cited are to be administered on a 3X daily schedule, unless otherwise indicated. Dose usually continued for 2 weeks. Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose. Solid preps are usually 3 pellets per dose. Children use 1/2 dose.
X = 1 to 10 dilution - weak (triturition)
C = 1 to 100 dilution - weak (potency)
M = 1 to 1 million dilution (very strong)
X or C underlined means it is most useful potency
Asterisk (*) = Primary remedy. Means most necessary remedy. There may be more than one remedy - if so, use all of them.
Boericke, D.E., 1988. Homeopathic Materia Medica.
Coulter, C.R., 1986. Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines.
Kent, J.T., 1989. Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica.
Koehler, G., 1989. Handbook of Homeopathy.
Shingale, J.N., 1992. Bedside Prescriber.
Smith, Trevor, 1989. Homeopathic Medicine.
Ullman, Dana, 1991. The One Minute (or so) Healer.
Calc. Phos. follow-up tonic especially for anemic patients; Calc. Sulf. thick, yellow discharges, sometimes streaked with blood; Ferr. Phos. primary remedy, fever, rapid pulse, headache; Kali Mur. whitish exudate, white-coated tongue; Kali Sulf. yellow discharge;
4 tablets every ½ hour in acute conditions.
Aloe vera plant
Slippery elm bark
Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.
Bromelain is considered an herb in Germany, being an approved phytopharmaceutical with a major share of the German market: over $13 million p.a.
Blumenthal, M (Ed.): The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. American Botanical Council. Austin, TX. 1998.
Aromatherapy - Essential Oils
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