The response of the body to all tissue damage is inflammation. Inflammation has four classic symptoms—heat, swelling, redness and pain. IF Relief is a blend of herbs that reduce inflammation and promote healing. The blend works for both acute inflammation, from injuries or surgery, and chronic inflammation, as in arthritis. It can also be helpful for reducing fever. IF Relief is a great natural alternative to NSAIDs for easing aches and pains. It does more than eases pain, it actually helps tissues to heal faster.
Here are the ingredients that give IF Relief its anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and tissue healing qualities.
Andrographis extract (Andrographis paniculata)
An herb from India, the roots and leaves of andrographis have used for centuries in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for a variety of health problems. A classic bitter, andrographis contains diterpne lactones, diterpene glucosides and flavinoids. Like most bitters it is useful for cooling fevers and inflammation, but is particularly helpful for fighting infection and counteracting poisoning. The plant also has analgesic and astringent properties.
Andrographis supports the liver function and protects the liver against toxins in a similar manner to milk thistle. It is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and boosts the immune system. Because of this it has been employed as a remedy for infectious diseases such as bronchitis, diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, rabies, leprosy, tuberculosis and gonorrhea. The herb has also been used for AIDS, allergies, anorexia, and diabetes.
Boswellia gum (Boswellia serrata)
Another herb that is native to India, boswellia is a tree that produces a resin similar to frankincense. In fact, the gum is sometimes referred to as Indian Frankincense and is used in products like soaps and cosmetics. Medicinally, boswellia is aromatic, astringent and anti-inflammatory.
Clinical trials in both India and Germany noted significant improvements in pain and stiffness in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who used boswellia. Besides being used for rheumatoid arthritis, the plant is also used for osteoarthritis, bursitis and tendonitis. Boswellia is also employed in Ayurvedic medicine for acute inflammatory conditions like sore throats, laryngitis, canker sores, gum disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, asthma and hayfever. Its astringent properties make it helpful as a gargle and mouthwash to tone and heal inflamed mucus membranes. It is also used for abdominal and menstrual pain.
Mangosteen pericarp extract (Garcinia mangostana)
Mangosteen fruit comes from Asia, where it has been used as a natural medicine for centuries. The fruit and particularly the rind or pericarp is loaded with antioxidants that exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory qualities. One of the key constituents in the pericarp is xanthones, which inhibit free radical damage, ease pain, boost the immune system and relieve inflammation.
When taken orally, mangosteen is traditionally used to treat diarrhea, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, tuberculosis and even cancer. Topically it is used to treat eczema and other skin conditions. This pericarp extract is rich in these powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory xanthones and is helpful for easing pain and inflammation while promoting tissue healing and repair.
Turmeric Root extract (Curcuma longa)
Also native to India and southern Asia, turmeric is generally known for its yellow coloring and spicy flavor in Indian food, but also has valuable medicinal properties. The rhizome is antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Traditionally, it has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to aid liver function, treat jaundice and relieve digestive problems like gastritis.
Turmeric’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have caused renewed interest in researching the uses of this plant. Studies suggested turmeric’s anti-inflammatory action is even stronger than hydrocortisone. While it does not directly ease pain, it does reduce inflammation in conditions like asthma, eczema, arthritis, bronchitis, kidney inflammation and headaches.
White Willow Bark extract (Salix spp.)
The bark of the white willow can be thought of as Nature’s aspirin because the salicylic acid found in white willow is the forerunner of modern aspirin. The salicylic acid in white willow affects prostaglandins to reduce fever and inflammation and to ease pain with less risk of side effects. The bark of willow trees like white willow have been used for thousands of years to reduce fevers, ease arthritic pain, relieve headaches and alleviate other forms of pain.
For relief of chronic inflammation, the suggested use of IF Relief is one capsule three times a day with meals. For acute inflammation, such as recovery from injury or surgery, or for pain relief, take 2 capsules every two hours for six to eight hours, then drop the dose to two capsules three times daily.
PDR for Herbal Medicines 2nd Edition, chief editor Thomas Fleming, RPh
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevallier