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List of 8 Best Natural Anti Inflammatory Drugs for Better Results

Updated on January 24, 2015
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Inflammation and pain often go together. NSAIDs are often advised to take precautions against the infection. However, they have side effects such as gastrointestinal complaints. There are also anti-inflammatory drugs that do not have these side effects as these products are made from natural ingredients. Here is the list of top natural anti inflammatory agents

  • MSM sulfur or DMSO
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Turmeric
  • Boswellia
  • Yucca
  • Devil's Claw

Specifically for inflammation of joints, there are:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Phytodolor


MSM sulfur (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane sulfur) and DMSO are excellent anti-inflammatory agents for the body. MSM is a metabolite of DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide ). MSM is a substance that also occurs naturally in our body. Your brains, muscles, bones and skin all contain MSM sulfur. MSM improves blood flow and thus the removal of waste. But it is especially good at reducing inflammation in the body. That is why it works very well in slowing osteoarthritis processes. DMSO also has a very similar effect to MSM sulfur, even more powerful. DMSO is a liquid medium which is to be diluted with water. The disadvantage of DMSO is that it has a garlic taste and smells ridiculous.

MSM Capsules for Joint Pain

Doctor's Best MSM with OptiMSM, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Joint Support, 1500 mg, 120 Tablets
Doctor's Best MSM with OptiMSM, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Joint Support, 1500 mg, 120 Tablets

An Amazon Review: "Been using for a few weeks and definitely can tell a difference. I have what i believe to be arthritis in my knees and these help alleviate all pain. The pills are quite large but I have no problem with them."


Omega 3

Fatty acids are important for your health. Foods are concentrated with more Omega 6 fatty acids than Omega 3. An excess of omega 6 is pro-inflammatory. So try to limit the intake.

However, Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, thus the intake of which is precisely recommended. Omega 3 fatty acids are for example found in linseed (oil) and chia seed. Besides the above products, there are also some herbs that are known for their anti-inflammatory action. They may also be taken in combination with each other


Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) is a well known herb in the alternative medicine. Consuming them has all kinds of health benefits. Besides the anti- inflammatory properties, it helps to improve the immune system. It contributes to the reduction of diabetes, and it has anti-cancer properties. Every day at least 1 gram of turmeric can provide obvious pain reduction and a relief to inflammatory diseases, for example arthritis.

Boswellia extract
Boswellia extract | Source


Boswellia serrata has been used for centuries in traditional medicine in India, the Middle East and North Africa. Its operation is based on the inhibition of the inflammatory process via the so-called leukotrienes inhibition. Leukotrienes in the body take care of the triggering and maintenance of inflammatory processes. Boswelliazuren inhibit the enzyme 5-lipoxygenase which plays a key role in the production of leukotrienes. Its operation is also similar to that of aspirin. Boswellia acts as a COX-1 inhibitor.


Yucca also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help against the stiffness in joints.

Devil's Claw

Devil’s claw is a herb that relieves pain and inflammation. It can be used for rheumatism, arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis, among others. Because it has a dehydrating effect it allows faster removal of waste and is therefore also suitable for treating gout.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a component of cartilage. It can also be seen in other parts of the body such as in the eyes and in the muscles and tendons. As you get older your body creates less hyaluronic acid.

It provides extra joint fluid (synovial fluid) between the joints and is therefore analgesic. Indeed, the joints does not sand over each other because there is a protective fluid between. In addition, hyaluronic acid is also an anti-inflammatory.


There are also some complex resources that are composed of several herbal or homeopathic dilutions. Traumeel and Phytodolor are examples of this. Both drugs are anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

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      2 months ago

      Herb and food recommendations on this page for RA are very helpful

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      4 years ago from Somewhere on Earth

      I am glad you found this useful teaches12345

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing information on this topic. I will have to look into the Yucca.

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      4 years ago from Somewhere on Earth

      Thank you Andy for the kind comment.. :)

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      Andy James 

      4 years ago from London

      Natural products have been seriously over looked, because pharmaceutical companies make so much money from their drugs - but this is changing. Great read, thanks.

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      Venkatachari M 

      4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, it is truly a very sad point to note. People are crazy of artificial cosmetics and other things instead of natural homely solutions available.

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      4 years ago from Somewhere on Earth

      Thank you .. I couldn't agree more.. Its sad that we don't utilize turmeric fully even though its easily available

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      Venkatachari M 

      4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      A very good and useful article. Turmeric is very good medicine for most skin problems. It guards your body from harmful bacteria and viral diseases. All natural anti-inflammatory medicines mentioned in the article are good for use.


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