Inflammation is a natural process the body uses to fight off foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. However, it also accompanies some diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and other joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis and gout. Injuries such as sprains or ligament tears may also trigger inflammation in the vicinity of the injury. Boswellia and curcumin are two natural plant products that may help relieve pain caused by inflammation. Consult your doctor to determine if adding these herbs to your regimen is appropriate for you.
When a joint or other body part becomes inflamed, immune cells release natural chemicals that cause increased blood flow, producing redness and heat in the skin. Swelling also develops and nerves may become irritated, causing localized pain. Joints sometimes become stiff and you may experience difficulty moving that part of your body. Muscles associated with the joint may also be affected, resulting in discomfort over a larger area.