Curcumin & Pain Relief – the short story

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Curcumin has become a commonly stocked item on the natural remedy shelves of your local pharmacies, nutrition centers, and grocery stores.  The spice has long been recognized by holistic and herbal medicine practitioners around the globe for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.   Turmeric and Curcumin are produced by grinding the root or underground stem of the Curcuma longa plant, producing the yellow spice turmeric, curcumin is a compound found within turmeric.  Past research studies have shown that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in strengthening the immune system.

Despite the availability, research studies and common use, I just haven’t been ready to take the leap into using this spicy remedy.  Instead, I decided to first put a shout-out to see if anyone I know has personal experience with the spice and if they’d be willing to share.  Almost immediately, people started responding, saying they use it, and with good results.  Here’s what they had to say:

Interview with Megan:

Me: Hi Meg, So what made you turn to Curcumin/Turmeric as a natural remedy? And did you research it before you bought it?  I’m a fence sitter and haven’t decided if I should use it or not. 

Megan: I’d been taking over the counter products for my joint problems, and they didn’t seem to be helping much, so I started researching different articles on the net, read through some nutritional websites, and watched a few holistic medicine YouTube videos.  They talked about its effectiveness, and recommended the spice as a natural remedy.  So I decided to give it a try.

Me: How do you use the spice?  Do you put it directly on food?

Megan: I bought the combination Curcumin/Turmeric capsules.  My son uses the spice as well, putting it directly on his food.

Me: How long have you been using this natural supplement?  Have you noticed any differences?  And if you have, what kind?

Megan: I have been taking this supplement for about three months now and yes, I’ve definitely noticed a difference!  Probably the biggest difference, is that my joints don’t ache any more, at all. No pain.

Me: Wow, that’s fantastic!  What milligrams of the spice do you use on a daily basis?

Megan: It’s a combination of turmeric and curcumin capsule.  I take 500 mg once a day.

Me: What would you like others to know about this natural remedy, and its use from your perspective?  Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about your experience with using curcumin/turmeric?

Megan: I recommend it, just because of the success I’ve had with it, and also recommend that other’s give it a try before turning to NSAIDS or other anti-inflammatory medications.  I tore my meniscus 20 years ago and had been taking glucosamine chondroitin for the constant swelling.  It helped a little bit, but wasn’t consistently effective.  In just 3 months of taking the Curcumin/Turmeric combination, I no longer have any swelling in my knee.   I’m having the same results with the joints in my hands, they used to swell up and ache in the mornings, and I’m no longer experiencing that as well.

I was surprised to hear about the successes she’s had and realized she was the perfect person to interview because she’s fact-based and researches anything before she moves forward with it.   I thanked Meg for sharing her story and found several others had responded with similar positive feedback.

Shortly after the interview with Meg, I received an email from a work colleague sharing his experience with using the spice as a natural remedy for back pain:

“Because of an injury to my back I was in constant pain.  It was especially painful when trying to stand up.  I began getting Curcumin injections after several recommendations from people I know that had also received them for inflammation.   Once I started the Curcumin injections the pain subsided, and I no longer suffered the chronic pain that had been ongoing for almost 20 years.  It’s good stuff.  It’s made a huge difference in my life and what I can do without being in constant pain, or wouldn’t even try to do because of the fear of the pain it would cause later.”  ~ MS

Others wrote or posted:

Mary from West Chicago, Illinois:  Golden Milk Osha Key“I take two or more capsules daily.  Also, have made golden milk paste and added that to any kind of milk.  I also mixed the paste into soft boiled eggs.  I have been taking them for over a year. My knees and thumbs were always sore, but much better now.” 

RO from Chicago, Illinois: “My wife swears by it for inflammation and pain. Takes it every day” 

DC from Portland, Oregon: “I put it in my oatmeal every morning, and also take a capsule form daily for inflammation.” 

BZ from New Jersey: “I put it into food sometimes.  I just put some into some [homemade] lotion bars as well.  I don’t use it frequently enough to make a strong claim, but I do notice the sharpness of my joint pain eases when ingested.” 

Every couple of hours, I receive another response from a friend, family member, work colleague or reader telling me that this natural remedy works on inflammation and pain.  Even my internist is recommending it for arthritis and Fibro pain.  And if there’s any more evidence needed, a more recent study done in 2017 concluded: “… that curcumin can help in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia. It may also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, thus enhancing recovery and subsequent performance in active people. Also, a relatively low dose can provide health benefits for people that do not have diagnosed health conditions.” (1)  

Looks like I’m jumping off the fence into the Curcumin pond!  Do you use this natural remedy?  How has it helped you?

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(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/
by Colleen Morgan