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Herbal Remedies: How Curcumin (Turmeric) Relieves Joint Pain

  By posted Jun 18th 2013
Healthy Living

 

Herbal Remedies: How Curcumin (Turmeric) Relieves Pain in the Joints

 

 

Long-term joint pain can affect a normal way of life. It can be exhausting, energy-draining and a contributor to chronic stress which can be the underlying cause of conditions such as metabolic disorders, obesity, heart disease and even cancer. With its formidable anti-inflammatory powers, curcumin (Turmeric) is a healthy alternative to painkillers because while it inhibits the inflammation-causing COX-2, it does not alter the healthy levels of COX-1. Curcumin not only relieves inflammation and pain but also builds worn cartilage, thereby restoring joints. Curcumin’s potent antioxidant powers repair the oxidative damage caused by inflammation.


Joint pain and back pain are most often caused because of the gradual deterioration of cartilage that protects joints, causing bones to rub against each other, resulting in inflammation and pain. While pain may be caused by an injury, very often it is the result of years of wear and tear on the bone and joint.

 

Our first reaction in case of pain is to reach for a painkiller. Anti-inflammatory drugs relieve pain by hindering the activity of the inflammation-causing enzyme called COX-2. But during the process, they also inhibit the activity of the beneficial COX-1, the enzyme that protects the lining of the digestive tract and blood vessels. So while anti-inflammatory medications can help ease pain, long-term use can damage the kidneys and increase the risk of stomach ulcers and bleeding.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease (condition in which the body attacks itself) often associated with chronic pain. It is a highly inflammatory condition, and the second most-common form of arthritis that causes pain and damage to the joints, especially in the hands, and can severely limit mobility. The condition can be life-threatening and damage many organs of the body, including the heart and liver.

 

Standard treatments for this condition do little to change the underlying inflammatory causes of the disease; instead, they simply curb the symptoms while joint destruction continues.


The journal Phytotherapy Research published a study which showed curcumin (Turmeric) to be more effective than common anti-inflammatory medication for pain associated with mild, active Rheumatoid arthritis. In the study, patients taking curcumin (Turmeric)  for eight weeks had a 44 percent reduction in pain symptoms, while those taking anti-inflammatory medication had a 42 percent reduction. In addition, patients taking curcumin (Turmeric)  had a greater reduction in overall inflammation compared to the medication group. There also were no adverse events with curcumin.

 

Unlike pharmaceuticals, curcumin (Turmeric) acts in multiple ways and on numerous targets to counter the inflammatory response that underlies both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. It suppresses activity of at least five categories of molecular signals that promote inflammation and joint destruction in rheumatoid arthritis.


According to Chris Kilham, who has successfully conducted medical research in more than 20 countries, curcumin holds a “superstar status” among healing plants because of its potent ability to eradicate pain quickly without impacting your body with any negative side effects.

 

According to a recent research published in Phytotherapy Research, people with rheumatoid arthritis, who take 500mg of BCM-95™ formulation of curcumin (Turmeric)  twice daily, have significant pain relief and improved mobility.

 

*Data Courtesy: Dr. Benny Antony, Technical Director, Curegarden


*Images courtesy: © Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images 

 

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