Buchu, Nature’s Anti-Inflammatory

buchuInflammation is a persistent problem for people suffering from a wide variety of health ailments. Normal inflammation is a natural and potentially helpful physical response to illness or injury. However, it can develop into a problem, causing pain and discomfort, and even affecting mobility.


Unfortunately, many prescription anti-inflammatories have side-effects that make them unsuitable for long-term use.



Understanding inflammation 

Most people are familiar with inflammatory responses like the visible swelling and redness that accompany infections or physical trauma. In addition, inflammation can occur within the body, where its effects are more likely to be felt than seen. These effects may include pain, heat and loss of bodily functions.


The initial symptoms of inflammation are a result of the body attempting to deal with an injury or infection. Blood flow to the affected part of the body increases, increasing heat. Fluids begin to gather around the area of injury and nerve endings transmit pain, effectively setting off an injury alert in the brain. Depending on how serious an infection or injury is, a person’s physiological functions may be compromised.


Many forms of inflammation are short-lived and resolve spontaneously as the body works through its healing process. In some cases, however, inflammation may persist or continue indefinitely. Left untreated, severe chronic inflammation can have serious, negative health effects or even be fatal.


Treating inflammation

The appropriate treatment for inflammation depends on the site and severity of the inflammation.


For example a stubbed toe may swell and become extremely painful, but not require any treatment. However, welling associated with a head injury can quickly become life-threatening if it is not treated and managed properly.


In the case of sudden, significant swelling, it’s best to see a doctor – especially if the swelling is accompanied by any loss of function and by severe pain. However, be aware that in some cases, even severe inflammation may not be accompanied by pain.


For less serious injuries or diseases, addressing inflammation properly can help reduce pain and speed up recovery. Treatments can be as simple as applying an ice compress to the affected region or taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. In some cases, minor medical intervention may be required. For example, a doctor may drain the affected area of fluids or prescribe suitable medication.


The problem of chronic inflammation

Chronic inflammation, or inflammation that persists for months or years, can be particularly problematic.


This type of inflammation is often associated with degenerative and chronic conditions, which may be difficult or impossible to resolve. Common examples are arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. In such cases, pain and discomfort can become an unavoidable part of daily life for sufferers, leading to a significant decrease in quality of life.


To make matters worse, many medications for chronic inflammation are unsuitable for long-term use. For example, non-steroidal anti–inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can provide immediate relief from inflammation, but their long-term use can result in damage to the gastric system, kidneys and lungs.


Conventional painkillers can assist in pain management, but have no long-term therapeutic benefit.


Buchu, the natural alternative

Fortunately, Mother Nature provides some valuable alternatives for inflammation sufferers.


Some easy-to-find natural products with anti-inflammatory properties include ginger, turmeric and green tea. Meanwhile health stores will provide easy access to healing herbs like arnica, willow bark, devil’s claw and hyssop – all of which can help in reducing inflammation.


However, if there’s one herb that stands tall in the fight against inflammation, it’s buchu. Buchu helps prevent the body’s inflammatory response, naturally reducing swelling and associated pain.


Buchu is even effective at treating chronic inflammatory conditions. It achieves this by “turning off” the cells that are directly responsible for the inflammation process.


How to use buchu to treat inflammation

Buchu remains effective in both water and oil extracts, and can be ingested or applied topically at the source of inflammation.


Buchulife’s First Aid Gel is the ideal solution for topical application. This is an aqueous gel that contains buchu as its active ingredient. It can be applied directly to affected areas to treat inflammation associated with ailments like arthritis, as well as to treat minor burns and eczema.


For internal inflammation, such as inflammation associated with bladder infections, joint pain or high blood pressure, you can take buchu in the form of a drink or an oil capsule. BuchuLife’s herbal water, herbal teas, Joint Health Capsules and UTI Relief Capsules are all suitable for this purpose.


A major advantage of buchu is that it’s free of negative side effects (although it should be avoided during pregnancy due to its diuretic properties). Studies have confirmed that buchu is safe for long-term use, and it can be taken by both children and adults.


To find out more about our range of therapeutic buchu products, visit our product page.


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