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Managing Chronic Inflammation With Herbs and Spices

By Stephen R. Farris

Oftentimes when we feel pain in our joints or muscles, inflammation sets in as a natural way to help fight off infections and begin the healing process. Unfortunately, while inflammation can be a good thing, if it overstays its visit it can become more of a pain than a help. 

Chronic inflammation, according to studies, has been linked to diabetes and certain cancers, as well as other diseases.

However, there is a way to take a stand against chronic inflammation, and it could be as simple as changing up your diet by adding in a few fresh herbs and spices with your meals. Here are a few examples of herbs and spices that have been associated with fighting off inflammation.


Ginger is a peppery, sweet herb that has been used for many centuries for healing, as well as a compliment to many delicious dishes. Ginger has been associated with relieving colds, headaches, upset tummies, arthritis, and high blood pressure. It can be used fresh, dried, or in powder form.


Come on, who doesn't like a little garlic seasoning in their foods? Not only is it great to add to just about any dish, but has also been long associated with cough relief, reducing pain from arthritis, constipation, infections, and a long list of other benefits when used. What to expect from fresh garlic is a strong smell and a stout taste, but those can be reduced when used for cooking in your foods.


Turmeric is very popular in Indian cooking and contains over 300 compounds, but one of those stands out the most and that's curcumin. Curcumin packs a huge punch when it comes to fighting inflammation. Curcumin is also available in supplement form, and according to studies, people with osteoarthritis have gotten relief from their pain.

A few other herbs and spices to consider when battling chronic inflammation are:

  • Cardamom
  • Black pepper
  • Ginseng
  • Green tea
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon

You might try incorporating some of these in your daily cooking, and if you have questions concerning chronic inflammation, talk with your doctor and/or local chiropractor to find out more. 

If you're experiencing pain in your back, neck, and joints, visit your local chiropractor such as those found at The Joint Chiropractic. With more than 500 nationwide locations, there's probably one near you. Just walk right in, no appointment is necessary, and there are no hassles with insurance, as they offer several payment options to fit your budget.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in University Heights, Ohio.

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