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Natural Health Glossary
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inflammation (inflammatory process)
The characteristic reaction of tissues to injury, disease, foreign particles, and noxious stimuli, resulting in redness, swelling, heat, and pain. Without inflammation, wounds and infections would never heal. Similarly, progressive destruction of the tissue would compromise the survival of the or   (more info - inflammation)

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inflammatory (anti-inflammatory)
Inflammatory: characterized or caused by inflammation; e.g. "an inflammatory process"; "an inflammatory response" Anti-inflammatory: intended to reduce inflammation (the characteristic reaction of tissues to injury or disease marked by four signs: swelling, redness, heat, and pain).    (more info - inflammatory)

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Inflammatory bowel disease (ibd)
A group of long-lasting inflammatory conditions that cause irritation and ulcers in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, particularly the colon and small intestine. The most common disorders are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Other (less common) forms of IBD include: Collagenous colitis, Lym   (more info - Inflammatory bowel disease)

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