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Can Turmeric Help Arthritic Pain?

In the pain world today, we are always trying to find new ways to treat pain with fewer side effects and risks. One of the natural remedies known to help tame arthritic pain is Turmeric. Turmeric is a spice that is available in supplement form, but is also the main ingredient in widely used curry powder.

Turmeric has proven to reduce inflammation.

     The term arthritis means there is inflammation in a joint. Turmeric has properties that can reduce this inflammation, subsequently alleviating pain. It has been commonly used in Chinese and Indian medicine for years. New research reveals it is nearly compatible to Ibuprofen, without the increased side effects.


Talk with your provider if you are considering use this supplement.

    Although Turmeric is considered generally safe, it can pose a risk of GI side effects. Some nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea have been reported in individuals. In addition, it can act as a blood thinner. Therefore, it is important to talk with your provider if you are considering trialing this supplement to ensure it is appropriate.

In summary, Turmeric is in no way a “cure it all” method of pain relief. However, it could aid in providing better pain control for individuals who suffer from arthritic discomfort. Talk with your provider today if Turmeric is something you feel you could benefit from.

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