With all this time of usage turmeric has proven to be quite effective in cooking, but is also effective as a natural painkiller! In a recent study was confirmed that turmeric is a better pain reliever than ibuprofen for arthritis of the knee!
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine recently published an extremely exciting new clinical trial, in which they revealed that your kitchen spice is an effective natural alternative to the popular painkiller ibuprofen, for the treatment of knee Osteoarthritis.Turmeric has proven to be far more superior in the number of side effects and safety. It is a anti-inflammatory non-steroidal drug. The polyphenol contained in turmeric widely known as curcumin has been studied to have over 600 health benefits.
It was stated in a Lancet review last year, that ibuprofen was found to be equally toxic to the heart as the banned anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx.They said that it is likelily to have contributed to tens and thousands of deaths from cardiovascular diseases every year. This is a very important factor which is confirming why natural based alternatives are extremely important, especially culinary spices that are already known to be accessible, time-tested,safe and affordable.
A study titled Efficiency and safety of curcuma domestic extracts in patients with knee Osteoarthritis. TH atrial was conducted on 109 patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis who were taking 800mg of ibuprofenor 2,000 mg of turmeric a day randomly, for a period of six weeks.
The researchers measured pain, on stairs,walking and basic functions of the knee assessed by time spent during 100m walk and going up and down the stairs, as the primary outcomes.
After six weeks, when the experiment was over the results were: significant improvements were observed in both groups, with all primary outcomes similar, except the turmeric group showed slightly better performance on the 100m walk and less reported pain from going up an down the stairs, The turmeric group also showed less adverse events. The subjects from the turmeric group rated themselves to have higher satisfaction with the treatment results than the ibuprofen group.
It is also very important to mention that the patients of the ibuprofen group stated that they had little or no satisfaction.
Lastly, thepatients receiving turmeric had a distinct trend toward a greater effect than the ibuprofen.
Dried rhizomes of C. domestica were grounded into powder. In order to obtain ethanolic extracts containing oil and curcuminoids,the turmeric powder was extracted with ethanol and then evaporated at low pressure. The oil part was then removed in order to have curcuminoids extracts. Each capsule of C. domestica extracts contained 250 mg of curcuminoids.