Although it isn’t as well known as echinacea, andrographis has been used for centuries to treat colds and fevers, and it seems to work better, reducing inflammation and stimulating the immune system. TriMune (which also includes vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea) and Kold Kare are two common brands.
Ointments and creams made from this herb can be used to ease swelling and promote healing of injuries that cause inflammation. Use it to treat bruises and burns; strains, sprains, and sore muscles; bursitis and tendinitis; and even carpal tunnel syndrome. Just take care not to use it on broken or bleeding skin.
Derived from pineapple stems, bromelain is an enzyme that encourages good digestion. Bromelain supplements help break down food and complete digestion, making them helpful for conditions such as flatulence or inflammatory bowel disease. Bromelain also eases swelling and bruising by blocking body chemicals that cause inflammation, helpful for treating bruises, muscle soreness, and bee stings.