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By Catherine Winters
Posted On Feb 09, 2021


Over-the-counter, prescription and natural remedies can help lower inflammation levels. (Before you try them, get your doctor’s OK.)

Biologic drugs. Prescription medications ease inflammation and minimize symptoms associated with autoimmune disease. The medication a person should take depends upon his or her disease.

NSAIDs. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories reduce the inflammation associated with musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis and lupus. These drugs are available over-the-counter or by prescription. Side effects may include stomach bleeding, allergic reaction, or kidney or heart problems.

Probiotics. These good bacteria not only ease inflammation in the gut but also keep the immune system healthy. “Seventy percent of your immune system is in your gut,” says Dr. Low Dog.

Marine oil. People who don’t eat enough fish should consider omega-3’s. Ask your doctor for dosage guidance.  Exceeding three grams per day may affect blood’s ability to clot.

Ginger. This eases the presence of inflammation in the respiratory tract and intestines. University of Michigan researchers found that ginger supplements reduce markers of colon inflammation, which may lead to cancer. Take two to four grams (four 500 mg capsules) per day of dried ginger.

Turmeric. Johns Hopkins University researchers found that a pill containing turmeric and onions reduced the size and number of precancerous polyps in the intestines of people with a specific genetic condition, lowering the risk of colon cancer. Dr. Low Dog recommends taking 1,000 mg per day. To lower inflammation elsewhere in the body, look for turmeric containing piperine, an alkaloid found in black pepper. Exceeding 10 mg of piperine a day could interfere with prescription drugs.

Devil’s Claw. A South African herb, this is safe and effective for pain, especially back pain, says Dr. Low Dog. “One of the principle ways to ease pain is to reduce inflammation,” she says. She recommends 1,200 to 2,400 mg of Devil’s Claw, daily. Make sure the supplement provides 50 to 100 mg of harpagoside. Avoid using during pregnancy.

Licorice. “This is a potent anti-inflammatory, especially for the stomach and small intestine, says Dr. Low Dog. Licorice can potentially raise blood pressure, so choose well. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is a compound in which pressure has been removed.

Glutamine. An amino acid, glutamine is good for the immune system and repairs gut lining, says Dr. Myers. Try 3 to 5 grams per day.