Turmeric Has an Edge Over Conventional Drug Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis – Study Says

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic condition characterized by bone and cartilage destruction, Osteoclastogenesis and joint destruction.

Initially untreated or severe forms of Rheumatoid Arthritis permanently disable the body’s functions and do not respond to conventional therapies.

RA is usually treated with the help of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which mostly suppress the symptoms of the disease. They are also known to cause adverse effects on the patient’s health.

Curcumin is the primary polyphenol of the gold-colored spice Turmeric. Turmeric has been used as an important medicine against a number of diseases since ancient times.

Research studies have found that most of the therapeutic properties of turmeric are because of curcumin. It is a potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer agent.

About the Study

A study published in year 2012 in the journal ‘Phytotherapy Research’ compared curcumin treatment with Diclofenac treatment in curing Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The study comprised of 3 groups each with 15 RA patients. One group was given curcumin therapy (500mg), the second group Diclofenac sodium (50mg), a popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used in RA. The third group received a combination of both the treatments.

Changes in the severity of disease were measured in all three groups by evaluating Disease Activity Scores (DAS) and American College of Rheumatology (ACR) scores.

After 8 weeks, the scientists found that the DAS and ACR scores were better in the Curcumin group as compared to the diclofenac group.

The inflammation of the joints significantly decreased in the former with no side effects.


The above research indicates that Curcumin might prove out to be a better anti-arthritic remedy in comparison to Diclofenac sodium.

Considering the fact that curcumin is a natural plant-based product and thus produces no significant side effects, large scale and thorough research should be carried out to test curcumin’s potential anti-arthritic activities.

Turmeric has hundreds of health benefits, start including it in your diet today.

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