Alternative Medicine

Bumble bee stings may be a perfect help for those not allergic to bees.  Bee venom helps many.  Pat Wagner, the Bee Lady - Some people call this and other related methods prolotherapy. 
An irritant solution is injected, such as via a bee singer, triggering the body's natural healing being rushed to the inflamed area.  Spring 2009 
Curcumin @
"Prednisone is part of a group of drugs called corticosteroids (often called 'steroids' -  typically requiring addition of CQ10 supplementation in RX regime/diet). ABRUPTLY "trying to come off of Prednisone can have multiple side effects, including in the worst cases, death."  2 OTC RX suggested alternatives for prednisone are:
Zyrtec (cetirizine) Over-the-counter + Zaditor (ketotifen) Over-the-counter (but, use caution/common sense).   (Spiriual DANGER: Omit occult Tai Chi martial arts approach.)
Fuller, DicQie  The Truth about Inflammation Schweiz Health, 653 W Station, Kankakee, Illinois, USA 
"Most of the time, inflammation is a good thing... Example...Your immune system sends out the signal to form a protein called fibrin to the wound site... But after the blood clots, you don't need fibrin anymore, so your body releases an enzyme called plasmin to break up the fibrin mesh and remove it...
When fibrin combines with cholesterol, it creates plaque... If the plaque blocks a blood vessel leading to your heart, you experience a heart attack.  If it blocks a vessel to your brain, you have a stroke.  If it blocks a vessel to your lungs, you get a pulmonary embolism... [Inflammation in the veins (is) called phlebitis]...
To fight off inflammation & remove unhealthy levels of fibrin, you need protein-eating enzymes also called 'protease' or 'proteoltic enzymes.'"  There are "more than 3,000 active your body. 
They combine with co-enzymes to form nearly 1000,000 functions."
Ginger + Curry [spice turmeric with it's active compound curcumin (yellowish-orange oils called curcuminoids)] may help reduce inflammation.  Additionally, "a diet (too) high in omega-6 & (too) low in omega-3 is associated with increasing levels of cytokines, proteins released from cells that trigger inflammation, according to a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine. Vegetarian sources of omaga 3 oil are excellent dietary additions: "ground flaxseed, oils (like flaxseed oil, linseed oil, canola oil, walnut oil, wheat, germ oil and soybean oil), green leafy vegetables (like lettuce, broccoli, kale, spinach & purslane), legumes (like mungo, kidney, navy, pinto, lima beans, peas & split peas), citrus fruits, melons, & cherries... Omega-3s are damaged by heat, so the oils should not be cooked with. They are also damaged by oxidation; that's why you should store the oils in dark bottles in the refrigerator or freezer."
Holy Basil herb inhibits COX-2 inflammatory enzymes per The Doctors' Prescription for Healthy Living  vol 7, #11
Hormones may help regulate the immune/inflammatory response.  There seems to be a 3 way communication between nervous, endocrine (hormone) & immune systems. Researchers think progesterone regulates immunity in females and testosterone in males, per Philip M Tierno in The Secret Life of Germs - Observations and Lessons From a Microbe Hunter
Hyaluronic Acid may be useful to reduce pain and swelling. 
It is sometimes obtained from chicken combs, for those concerned about avian influenzas.
As a drug (Restylane is a gel of hyaluronic acid produced by bacteria) it is used in plastic surgery to reverse wrinkles.
Pine bark extract and grape seeds (whole, ground or supplements) reduce inflammation.
Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the Maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France & is found to contain a unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids & organic acids, which offer extensive natural health benefits, including reduction of inflammation.
Potato poultice @ by Barbara O'Neill @ Apply compress to skin.
Serrapeptase (Serrato Peptidase) a silkworm proteolytic enzyme chops up or digests protein & acts as a pain blocker & an anti-inflammatory.   Life Extension magazine 9/03 1-800-544-4440
Serrapeptase is an enzyme that is produced in the intestines of silk worms to break down cocoon walls.
This enzyme is proving to be a superior alternative to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs) traditionally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Its uses have also been extended to the treatment of chronic sinusitis & postoperative inflammation, & some researchers believe the substance can play an important role in arterial plaque prevention & removal...
Besides reducing inflammation, 1 of serrapeptase's most profound benefits is reduction of pain, due to its ability to block the release of pain-inducing amines from inflamed tissues...
NSAIDs, which include aspirin, ibuprofen, salicylates, & naproxen, are among the most commonly prescribed medications for inflammation resulting from rheumatoid arthritis, joint conditions, osteoarthritis, gouty arthritis, joint & muscle discomfort associated with systemic lupus erythematosus, & other musculoskeletal disorders...
NSAIDs lethal effects result from the inhibition of the biosynthesis of prostaglandins. NSAIDs block cyclo-oxygenase, the enzyme responsible for catalyzing the reactions of arachidonic acid to endoperoxide compounds. This process results in the inhibition of gastric prostaglandin E, a hormone which protects the lining of the stomach from acid. After prolonged and frequent ingestion of NSAIDs, the stomach remains defenseless and at increased susceptibility to ulcers.(3-4) If an ulcer erodes into a blood vessel, bleeding results.
An ulcer can destroy part of the stomach & duodenal walls, leaving a gap that requires immediate surgery...
Drugs many patients take to relieve their arthritic pains actually contributes to further destruction of their joints... NSAIDs have been shown to interfere with patients' sleep patterns...
Even insulin secretion is affected by NSAIDs...
NSAID-induced side effects include kidney damage, blood dyscrasias & cardiovascular effects, complication of antihypertensive therapies involving diuretics or beta-adrenoceptor blockade, & adverse effects in patients with heart failure and cirrhosis.(10) In 1 instance, a woman treated for rheumatoid arthritis with the NSAID sulindac developed gallstones composed of sulindac metabolites...
NSAIDs have also induced adverse psychiatric reactions. 5 psychiatric outpatients - 2 with major depressive disorders, 1 with a bipolar disorder, 1 with a schizophrenic disorder & 1 with an anxiety disorder, were treated with NSAIDs due to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or other painful neuromuscular conditions.
All 5 patients developed moderate to severe depression. 3 patients became paranoid, & 4 either attempted or considered suicide. These psychiatric symptoms disappeared once the patients stopped taking NSAIDs.
When patients re-started the drugs, symptoms returned.