Monday, April 06, 2009

Calm Those Inflammations, Naturally

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Natural Extracts To The Aid of Inflammations

Our body has in place a wonderful mechanism that springs into action no sooner some threat comes its way. Whether it is those tiny little masses of pollen floating in the air in search for that Perfect Mate during spring time and which accidentally enter our innards through our body's inlets; or it is the physical injury that gashes or tears or shears or crushes or mauls or does so many other things to our body; or it is the freeze of the weather that constricts the blood and its vessels near the skin; or a host of the other threats that can damage our body and our peace of mind --- whatever be the threat, Nature has given us some of the best tools and devices to counteract the threat and begin healing. Within certain limitations, of course.

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After detecting the problem, or doing its best to detect the problem, the body's defense mechanism literally goes into red alert mode. Copious blood is brought to the scene of transgression; appropriate fluids begin to ooze from those exotic glands and stream to wherever they have to stream in order to surround and contain the damage; and warrior cells begin to divide and multiply in order to create a bulwark that will dam the toxins that will be generated in the battlefield and restrict the flow of toxins towards the defenseless civilian neighborhood. The portion of the body under this treatment is set on an invisible fire, and we say that inflammation has taken place.

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Most of the time this innate mechanism works. Sometimes, however, the emergency button remains pressed, the sirens continue to bleat, the floodlights continue to flash, and something goes wrong. The switchover from the alert of the red to the peace of the green does not happen. Or, the problem is so severe that the mechanism, programmed as it is to ceaselessly keep up the attack _till_ the problem has been solved, keeps on and on. Admirable though this attitude may be, yet the end result is a runaway situation which has spiraled out of control. A stage comes when the nearby civilian cells begin to feel the brunt of the battle - imagine your neighborhood being torpedoed by wayward missiles! And the inflammation begins to spread and begins to become chronic. The warrior cells too, in their frenzy, become blind to who is the enemy and who is their own. And you know what happens when the great Superman himself changes into Evil, and instead of saving the innocent and the helpless, turns against them!

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To drill sense into the rampaging warrior cells of our own body, we take recourse to drugs such as steroids and histamines. While these formulations are quite effective in most of the cases, they bring with them their own baggage of destruction - in the form of side-effects. Talk about solving one problem, and creating another!

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The search for more nature-friendly solutions that can reduce the inflammation, pour oil over troubled waters, calm down the warrior cells, murmur reassuring words of platitude in the ears of the cowering civilian populace and generally broker peace in the war zone - has led to some interesting discoveries. One solution worth recording here is in the form of oils extracted from an aromatic plant called Teucrium.

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There are close to three hundred species of this plant genus, found mostly in Mediterranean climes. A paper published in the July 2009 issue of Food Chemistry describes the soothing anti-inflammatory effect of the oils extracted from four of its species - flavum, montbretii, polium, and brevifolium. Ancient Greeks were known to be avid admirers of this plant, as its parts would calm their gastric ulcers and intestinal inflammation, besides healing their skin eruptions and wounds. Very observing and perceptive, the ancients were. Very much tuned in to Nature. Most likely, because their senses were not numbed by the constant bombardment of television and the internet. So what the researchers found out was that the oils from these plants have certain chemicals that can soothe the inflamed cells and calm their jumpiness.

Teucrium fruticans - wiki_*

* Teucrium fruticans - wiki.

Another paper, published in the June 2008 issue of Bio-resource Technology, describes how the essential oil extracted from cinnamon (Cinnamomum osmophloeum) twigs can lower the dander of the warriors.

Cinnamomum verum - wiki_*

* Cinnamomum verum - wiki.

So the next time you face an inflammatory situation in the body, may be you could try to find out if these new herbal extracts have arrived in the market, before popping those nausea-and-ulcer-inducing pills. The researchers say there aren't any side-effects. Nature indeed is benign. Nature thinks of everything.

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[When some part of the body is inflamed, you pop those pills or you fetch the extracts of the herbs. But what do you do when there is some inflammatory situation in your life? When there is a threat to your body, the natural defense mechanisms immediately take over to engage the enemy. What mechanisms do you have to engage threats that come up in your life? Read about the mechanisms that we consciously need to inculcate ourselves, which unfortunately nobody teaches us in school - "Keep Those Trampoline Springs In Good Condition".]

1 comment:

  1. I love this article, there are natural ways of reducing inflammation levels naturally as opposed to taking medications.