Turmeric as effective as Ibuprofen for knee pain Turmeric is a traditional Ayurvedic medicine used to treat inflammation and reduce pain. Several studies suggest that its main active ingredient, the golden-yellow curcumin, is as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for alleviating knee pain in osteoarthritis. Both NSAIDs and curcumin work by reducing the production of inflammatory chemicals. NSAIDs do this by inhibiting the synthesis of two particular enzymes, COX-1 and COX-2. Curcumin works via a number of cell signalling pathways, however, including COX-2, each of which separately reduces the production and activation of different inflammatory mediators. This wider ranging activity has the potential to reduce pain and inflammation with less potential for side effects. What does the research show? In a study involving 367 people with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis, half were randomised to receive ibuprofen (1,200 mg per day) and half to take turmeric extracts (1,500 mg per day) in divided doses for 4 weeks. A validated joint questionnaire (WOMAC) showed that symptoms significantly improved in both groups at 2 weeks and 4 weeks, and there were no significant differences in pain, stiffness or function scores between those taking ibuprofen and those taking curcumin. The number of people experiencing abdominal pain or discomfort was significantly higher in the ibuprofen group than that in those taking curcumin, however, and the researchers concluded that turmeric extracts are as effective as ibuprofen for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis but with fewer gastrointestinal side effects. If you prefer taking a natural medicine, have experienced side effects with NSAIDs, or are concerned about their adverse effects on the stomach, kidney, liver and cardiovascular system, curcumin could be a good alternative. Curcumin can also be taken together with painkillers to help boost their effectiveness so lower doses are required. Curcumin can also be combined with glucosamine and chondroitin to produce a faster onset of action and improved results. For more information on how turmeric and curcumin can improve immunity, liver health, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine and its other medicinal uses, click here to read Turmeric – The Golden Medicine. Have you used turmeric or curcumin supplements to treat knee pain? How did you get on? Image credit: steven_jackson/flickr Turmeric As Effective As Ibuprofen for Knee Pain was last modified: January 15th, 2017 by DrSarahBrewer Article courtesy of Dr Sarah brewer’s website : http://drsarahbrewer.com/ DrSarahBrewer Dr Sarah Brewer qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. After working in general practice, she gained a master’s degree in nutritional medicine from the University of Surrey. Sarah is a licensed Medical Doctor, a Registered Nutritionist and a Registered Nutritional Therapist. She is an award winning author of over 60 popular self-help books and the editor of YourWellness magazine. THE SMALL PRINT We hope you are enjoying the site, please note The –Boomers site has been prepared solely for information purposes. Users are advised to seek independent financial advice or in the case of health related content –consult your GP or medical professional. All information, opinions expressed on the The-Boomers are current as of the date of publication, but may become out of date over time. No liability and/or guarantee of performance is accepted or offered. The opinions expressed in The-Boomers do not constitute investment advice or health advice or any other form of advice; independent advice should be sought where appropriate. Articles are supplied strictly without accepting any liability, responsibility or duty of care for their services, content, or links to other subsequent related or unrelated material. The Site contains general information only and does not take into account the individual health issues /objectives or the individual financial situation/objectives or needs of a person or persons. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information.