Natural remedies for soft tissue inflammation

Acute or chronic musculoskeletal inflammation can be effectively managed by the time-tested trio of proteolytic enzymes, bioflavonoids and plant phytochemicals.

Proteolytic enzymes are effective natural supplements that assist the body in reducing tissue inflammation. Proteolytic means “protein breakdown” or protein degradation. Papaya and pineapple are two sources of proteolytic enzymes found in fruit and their traditional use as natural “tenderizers” for meat attest to their proteolytic nature. Your body has its own proteolytic enzymes called trypsin and chymotrypsin.

Inflammation is a messy process. An area where inflammation has occurred resembles a frat house after keg night – there is much cleaning up to do! Until this debris is cleaned up, affected tissues will be painful and restricted in their movement. Taking proteolytic enzymes is like unleashing an army of merry maids into your tissues.

Hundreds of studies support the healing properties of proteolytic enzymes: They have been found to speed the healing of acute injuries such as sprains, strains, bruises, abrasions and fractures. These hard working enzymes have also shown proven benefit to chronic soft tissue problems like stiff, painful joints and post exertion muscle soreness. The various physical symptoms associated with inflammation like pain, swelling, tenderness and reduced range of motion, can be more quickly resolved with the use of proteolytic compounds.

Principle Uses

  • Neck Pain Osteoarthritis Joint/muscle pain
Shingles – post herpetic neuralgia
  • Sports Injuries Surgery Support
  • Natural remedies for soft tissue inflammation

Bioflavonoids and Plant Phytochemicals

Bioflavonoids and plant phytochemicals are naturally occurring plant compounds, which act primarily as plant pigments and antioxidants. A wide array of bioflavonoid compounds can be found in fruits and vegetables.

The therapeutic benefits of bioflavonoid compounds during times of inflammation are significant. They are known to strengthen blood capillaries, thereby reducing swelling, as well as decreasing production of certain inflammatory chemicals known to degrade tissues. The use of bioflavonoids yields results similar to proteolytic enzymes, reducing severity of the inflammatory reaction as well as speeding healing time. Several types of bioflavonoids are specific to reducing inflammation, they are quercitin, hesperdin, rutin and Pycnogenol (TM).

Plant phytochemicals as the name implies come from chemical compounds isolated in plants. There are literally thousands of these identified plant compounds many of which demonstrate remarkable human health benefits.
Those plant phytochemicals known to have a positive impact on different types of inflammation are tumeric, ginger and boswellia.

Natural remedies for soft tissue inflammation

Recommended dosages of proteolytic enzymes vary with the form used. Because of the wide variation, I suggest following label instructions. Proteolytic enzymes can be broken down by stomach acid. To prevent this from happening, supplemental enzymes are often coated with a substance that doesn’t dissolve until it reaches the intestine. Such a preparation is called enteric coated.

Bioflavonoid and plant phytochemical formulations come with their manufacturers recommended dosing suggestions. These products may be consumed on an empty stomach or following a meal.