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Can Herbs Combat Inflammation?
Is there an herb that is anti-inflammatory that I can use instead of ibuprofen?
Answer (Published 12/3/2002)
Yes, there are a number of excellent anti-inflammatory herbs. The most important are:
You can take all of these herbs in combination.
In addition to herbs, you can also take dietary steps to reduce inflammation. The specific fats in your diet affect the way the body makes prostaglandins, a group of hormones that regulate inflammation. Some prostaglandins intensify the inflammatory response while others reduce it. To help your body reduce inflammation eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils and all foods that contain trans-fatty acids (read food labels to check for the presence of these oils). Instead, use extra-virgin olive oil as your main fat and increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in oily, cold-water fish, flaxseeds or oil, and walnuts.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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