Anti-inflammatory refers to substances or medications that reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system to injury or infection, characterized by swelling, redness, heat, and pain. While inflammation is a crucial part of the body’s healing process, excessive or chronic inflammation can contribute to various health problems, including arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and autoimmune disorders.
Anti-inflammatory substances work by inhibiting or modulating the inflammatory response, helping to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. There are various types of anti-inflammatory agents, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and natural anti-inflammatory agents.