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Anti-inflammatory

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Anti-Inflammatory

These are plants and treatments that reduce inflammation or swelling.

Inflammation is part of the body’s immune system response to irritants like bacteria, physical stress, or allergens. It’s intended to protect the body and eliminate whatever’s causing cell injury, clear out dead cells and damaged tissue, and begin repairing the injury.1 

Reducing inflammation is a critical part of managing many health conditions because, over time, unresolved inflammation begins to cause problems with the regular functioning of the affected tissues. Most autoimmune diseases cause inflammation and reducing it can help reduce the long-term harm of the disease.2

Diseases and conditions that end in the suffix -itis refer to inflammation. For example, tonsillitis is the swelling of the tonsils, and arthritis is the swelling of joints.((Wikipedia. Inflammation.)

Reducing inflammation is one of two ways to reduce pain. The other way is to work with analgesics which affect the central nervous system directly, blocking pain signaling to the brain.

Anti-inflammatory Plants

  • American Beautyberry

    A beautiful native plant that propagates easily and has numerous beneficial uses for humans and animals alike.

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  • Beach Morning Glory

    This beach plant is widely used in tropical areas to treat several conditions.

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  • Chickweed

    Edible, nutritious, and medicinal this weed is a springtime favorite of herbalists.

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  • Dandelion

    A common yard “weed” with an iconic yellow flower and puffy white seed heads, every part of the dandelion has a wealth of medicinal benefits.

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  • Elderberry‌

    A small fast-growing tree with striking white flowers and dark purple berries, this plant is world famous for its immune-boosting properties.

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  • Gotu Kola

    Often referred to as the “herb of longevity” or “miracle elixir of life,” gotu kola is a staple in traditional Chinese (TCM), Indonesian, and Ayurvedic medicine.

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  • Japanese Thistle

    While it may be a mean looking plant, it is a powerful herbal ally for pollinators, animals, and humans alike.

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  • Loquat

    The Loquat, a tree native to Japan, is easy to identify and is commonly grown in the Southern US as an ornamental and fruit bearing tree. Loquat fruit, seeds, and leaves are full of beneficial plant compounds and have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.

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