Arthritis is a medical condition characterized by swollen and painful joints. It affects children as well as adults irrespective of age.
There are many types of arthritis; some common ones are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, infectious arthritis, gout etc.
The common features of this disease include:
- Stiffness of joints
- Muscle ache and pain
- Inability to use the limb
- Loss of flexibility
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the two common forms of arthritis that are commonly observed.
Osteoarthritis that is caused due to wasting of bone cartilage is commonly observed in people above fifty years of age.
Rheumatoid arthritis develops due to attack of own immune system against the joints.
Gout occurs as a result of deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints leading to inflammation. Septic arthritis occurs due to infection in the joints.
Old age can also make you susceptible to these diseases, but that is not the case always as even children can develop arthritis.
Generally, steroids and NSAIDs are used. But, they cause severe side effects.
Patients are unable to tolerate the side effects of drugs search for natural remedies for arthritis. Use of turmeric for arthritis alleviates symptoms such as tenderness, swelling, and pain in joints.
Turmeric is a rhizome similar to ginger and is obtained from the plant Curcuma longa. Turmeric plant is a perennial herb that is native to Asia.
It is cultivated widely in China and India for its medicinal value.
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Table of Contents
- 15 Benefits Of Turmeric In Arthritis
- 1. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent
- 2. Turmeric possesses anti-arthritic activity
- 3. It is an excellent antioxidant
- 4. It has bone-protective properties
- 5. It is effective in autoimmune conditions
- 6. It prevents the progression of arthritis
- 7. Turmeric interacts with genes to alleviate arthritis
- 8. Turmeric can combat infection in arthritis
- 9. Turmeric’s skin protective properties benefits in psoriatic arthritis
- 10. Turmeric can help in complications of arthritis
- 11. Turmeric is better than painkillers and other drugs used to treat arthritis
- 12. Turmeric can reduce side effects of anti-arthritic drugs
- 13. Topical application of turmeric can reduce pain in arthritis
- 14. Novel formulations of curcumin are being developed to treat arthritis
- 15. Turmeric can target various arthritic and related conditions
- FAQS regarding Turmeric & Arthritis
- Dosage of Turmeric for Arthritis
- How to apply turmeric topically for arthritis?
- Research Studies
- Study 1 : Curcumin boosts the action of steroids in arthritis
- Study 2: Turmeric And Frankincense Perform Better Than Anti-Arthritic Drug
15 Benefits Of Turmeric In Arthritis
Regular followers of this blog by now must be well aware of what this power-packed spice must be all about. Well, turmeric is a spice and revered herb native to Asia and it contains a bioactive compound named curcumin that is held majorly responsible for most of the spice’s medicinal properties. For a thorough introduction on turmeric click here.
1. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory agent
Inflammation is the primary symptom of arthritis. The wear and tear of the joints ignite the inflammatory cascade which leads to the production of pro-inflammatory agents.
These then lead to pain, swelling, and stiffness.
The inflammation spreads to the fluid lubricating the joint leading to a condition called synovitis which leads to joint stiffness.
Turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin are natural anti-inflammatory agents.
Curcumin uniquely inhibits the action of both pro-inflammatory enzymes- COX and LOX unlike regular medications such as celecoxib which inhibit only COX. Interestingly curcumin does not cause gastric erosion, which is a common side effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Animal study shows that turmeric extract inhibits joint inflammation and degradation by preventing activation of Nuclear factor kappa B- the main protein involved in inflammation.
A review study demonstrates that curcuminoids reduce C reactive protein- an important marker of inflammation. A recent study suggests that a specialized formulation of curcumin can inhibit inflammation in synovial fluid that lubricates the joint.
What does this mean?
Curcumin and curcuminoids found in turmeric work as excellent anti-inflammatory agents and help in controlling inflammation in arthritis and preventing it from spreading. It also protects joint as well as synovial fluid from inflammation and does not pose side effects like NSAIDs.
2. Turmeric possesses anti-arthritic activity
A clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of turmeric extract in osteoarthritic patients reported that the extract alone or in combination with glucosamine sulphate significantly reduced pain and also reduced the need to consume other medications generally prescribed as a treatment.
Curcuminoids are a group of compounds found in turmeric that have strong antioxidant activity and contribute to the golden yellow color of the spice. Curcumin is a part of this group.
The concentration of these curcuminoids is said to affect the anti-arthritic property of turmeric.
Turmeric extract containing 94% curcuminoids is found to be more potent in reducing inflammation and pain than the extract containing 41% curcuminoids.
This study suggests that the 3 major curcuminoids are responsible for the anti-arthritic effect.
However other studies prove that anti-arthritic effect is not limited to curcuminoids alone. Turmeric oil also possesses an anti-arthritic effect and is proven to reduce joint swelling in experimental arthritis.
Turmeric is proven to be superior to ginger and indomethacin (a painkiller) in terms of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity.
These properties of turmeric have beneficial effects in controlling the onset and preventing the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
What does this mean?
Turmeric’s anti-arthritic activity is attributed mainly to curcuminoids but other components also add to this effect. Clinical trials and experimental studies validate the efficacy of turmeric in arthritis treatment.
3. It is an excellent antioxidant
Oxidative stress or imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant agents in the body leads to the degradation of joint tissue in arthritis.
A clinical trial was conducted where the effect of curcuminoids and piperine supplementation (1500mg +15mg /day) was assessed on the antioxidant status of patients suffering from osteoarthritis.
The study lasted for 6 weeks and an increase in the level of antioxidant enzymes was observed. Researchers concluded that short term supplementation of curcuminoids alleviates oxidative stress in osteoarthritis.
What does this mean?
Research shows that curcumin reduces oxidative stress and improves antioxidant defences in arthritis.
4. It has bone-protective properties
Inflammation in arthritis leads to degradation of cartilage and joint tissue. In conditions like osteoarthritis degradation of bone tissue is also observed.
Curcumin protects chondrocytes- a type of bone cell from inflammation.
A study shows that curcumin is as effective as betamethasone in protecting bone and joint from erosion in arthritis and preventing thickening of synovial fluid that lubricates joints.
Curcuminoids slow down progression of osteoarthritis by preventing loss of bone tissue.
This study showed that curcuminoids reduced the activity of osteoclasts (bone cells that absorb bone tissue) and maintained osteoblast function (cells that lay down bone tissue).
A recent study published in Molecular Medicine Reports, 2016 reports that curcumin reduces the osteoclast or bone absorption like activity of cells in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Curcumin can even prevent loss of articular cartilage (soft tissue that ensures joint flexibility) in osteoarthritis.
Henrotin et. al demonstrated that curcumin supplementation in osteoarthritis patients decreases the level of Coll 2-1. Coll 2-1 is a marker of collagen degradation and collagen is a part of connective tissue found in joints and bones.
What does this mean?
Curcumin has bone protective properties. Clinical trials as well as studies on cells from arthritis patients show that curcumin supplementation prevents degradation and loss of bone tissue.
5. It is effective in autoimmune conditions
Certain types of arthritis occur as a result of abnormal reactions from the immune system.
They are autoimmune conditions wherein the immune system attacks own body tissue in the same way as it would attack any infective organism.
This is the case with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Just as the immune system produces antibodies to fight infections, it produces autoantibodies to attack its own tissue.
Research shows that heat solubilized curcumin/turmeric inhibits the activity of these antibodies by 52/70%.
Curcumin has an immunomodulatory effect-it can regulate immune responses. It also inhibits activation of immune cells-T cells and prevents them from spreading inflammation.
What does this mean?
Curcumin demonstrates various pharmacological action which have therapeutic potential in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
6. It prevents the progression of arthritis
Just as in cancer, there are some cells in rheumatoid arthritis that are immune to cell death and destruction. These are called fibroblast like synoviocytes.
They are found on the lining of the joints which ensure smooth movement and flexibility.
Under the inflammatory conditions of rheumatoid arthritis, these cells begin to grow and resist cell death and thereby contribute to inflammation and joint destruction.
Targeting these cells would be a stronger approach towards treating arthritis.
Interesting enough, curcumin actually targets these cells, prevents them from producing inflammatory agents and destroys these cells.
Curcumin increases the activity of proteins that causes apoptosis and simultaneously reduces the level of survival proteins.
What does this mean?
Research suggests that curcumin can destroy the indestructible fibroblast like synoviocytes in rheumatoid arthritis and thereby prevent progression of the disease.
7. Turmeric interacts with genes to alleviate arthritis
Curcumin, one of the active ingredients found in turmeric, has exceptional pharmacological properties. Apart from utilising its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, curcumin also impacts the gene expression of various molecular targets in order to regulate their activity.
Transcription factors are important proteins that regulate conversion of genetic information and research shows that curumin acts on such transcription factors in order to deliver a therapeutic effect in arthritis and many other diseases.
Now, this property is unique to curcumin and no conventional anti-arthritic medications and NSAIDs can offer you this.
Histone acetylation is a complicated but essential process in our body that occurs during gene regulation and errors in this process are known as epigenetic aberrations. Such errors also occur in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Interestingly curcumin inhibits such errors and thereby prevents progression of arthritis.
What does this mean?
Curcumin alters gene expression in order to prevent worsening of symptoms and progression of arthritis.
8. Turmeric can combat infection in arthritis
Septic arthritis can be a result of fungal infection like Candida and Aspergillus as well as bacterial infection by superbug MRSA.
Also, certain medicines recommended for arthritis treatment can increase risk of developing serious infections in arthritis.
Curcumin has a broad spectrum anti-microbial activity- it inhibits the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi. It also has a synergistic action with antibiotics and potentiates their activity.
This property could be beneficial in reducing sepsis in arthritis.
What does this mean?
Curcumin has broad spectrum anti-microbial properties and immune boosting properties that help reduce risk of infection in arthritis.
9. Turmeric’s skin protective properties benefits in psoriatic arthritis
Around 30% of the individuals with psoriasis develop an inflammatory condition called psoriatic arthritis. Traditionally turmeric has been used to treat various skin disorders and research now proves the potential of curcumin to aid in various skin diseases.
Psoriasis is characterised by excessive cell death in skin cells compared to the growth rate of new skin cells. Curcumin is found to reverse such rate of cell death in psoriasis.
Animal study shows that curcumin can be taken safely with cyclosporine, an immune suppressing drug used to treat psoriasis.
What does this mean?
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and skin protective properties can prevent inflammation occurring in skin in psoriasis to spread to joints in psoriatic arthritis.
10. Turmeric can help in complications of arthritis
Arthritis involves joint degradation and bone loss. But this inflammation can spread to other organs such as the heart, lungs, blood vessels, eyes etc.
Research suggests that curcumin can protect the heart from cardiovascular diseases. Clinical trials suggest that curcumin is helpful in treating and reducing symptoms of uveitis- a type of inflammatory disorder of the eye.
Curcumin benefits in conditions like dry eye syndrome. Chronic pain can pave the way for constant fatigue and depression; curcumin remedies depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.
What does this mean?
Curcumin protects the heart from developing cardiovascular diseases as a result of arthritis. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help in preventing spread of inflammation in arthritis to various organs. It can help alleviate fatigue and depression.
11. Turmeric is better than painkillers and other drugs used to treat arthritis
In an experimental study , curcumin’s efficacy in treating arthritis was compared with that of steroid, prednisone. An animal was devised and curcumin was administered at 100mg/kg while prednisone was given at doses of 1mg/kg and 8mg/kg.
Curcumin effectively controlled inflammation and reduced migration of immune cells to the affected site. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory activity was stronger than prednisone during the acute phase of the experimentally induced arthritis.
Curcumin in combination with prednisolone is found to potentiate prednisolone’s therapeutic effect in arthritis. Curcumin with low doses of the steroid reduced swelling and pain.
It also reduced the toxicity of the steroid and ameliorated the risk of developing complications linked with arthritis.
Research proves that curcumin at a dose of 1500mg/day is as effective as ibuprofen, a painkiller (1200mg/day) in treating knee osteoarthritis.
And this comes with an added advantage that curcumin is safer for the stomach than ibuprofen.
Curcumin treatment (500 mg daily) is superior to diclofenac sodium (50mg) in terms of reducing tenderness and swelling of joints.
Another study proves that curcumin employed as an adjuvant therapy with diclofenac has a superior beneficial effect on arthritis than diclofenac alone.
Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX enzyme) is an enzyme that plays an important role in inflammation. Inhibition of this enzyme can relieve symptoms of pain and inflammation.
Curcuminoids are proven to be as effective as diclofenac sodium (an analgesic) in inhibiting the activity of this enzyme.
Herbal extract of turmeric and boswellia is found to be more effective than celecoxib in treating osteoarthritis. Celecoxib is a drug given to inhibit the activity of COX enzyme.
Also, this formulation was not reported to cause any side effect. Curcumin has a synergistic effect when combined with celecoxib in treating osteoarthritis and related disorders.
What does this mean?
Turmeric extracts and curcumin, both outshine painkillers and other routine drugs usually prescribed to treat arthritis. Also they do not cause side effects like the regular drugs and are recommended as adjuvant therapy.
12. Turmeric can reduce side effects of anti-arthritic drugs
An experimental study was conducted wherein ginger and turmeric aqueous extracts were administered. The extract was found to be better than indomethacin (a painkiller) in reducing inflammation.
The extract also prevented impairment in kidney function, reduced cardiovascular risk and prevented weight loss occurring as a result of the disease.
This suggests that turmeric is effective in preventing complications associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Methotrexate is a drug that is prescribed commonly at low doses in treating arthritis but one of the major side effects associated with this liver toxicity.
Curcumin when administered with this drug overcomes this side effect. It protects the liver by reducing the oxidative stress caused by this drug and also adds to the drug’s anti-arthritic effect.
What does this mean?
Not only does turmeric reduce joint pain and swelling, it also helps overcome side effects of anti-arthritic drugs and reduces the possibility of developing complications linked with it.
13. Topical application of turmeric can reduce pain in arthritis
As good as turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory agent when taken orally so does it act when applied topically.
Animal study shows that emu oil increases the bioavailability of curcumin by 5.2 times than in water and increases its anti-inflammatory effect.
This combination when applied topically has a therapeutic effect 1.42 times better than paste of curcumin prepared with water.
Instead of emu oil but you can opt for olive oil and coconut oil and make a paste with good quality organic turmeric powder.
This can be applied topically to affected joints and left for 30 minutes to 1 hour and covered with gauze and dressing.
If you are worried about turmeric stains please read 14 Ways to take care of Turmeric Stains. Topical application of turmeric paste can be done 2-3 times a day.
What does this mean?
Topical application of turmeric is effective in controlling pain and inflammation in arthritis.
14. Novel formulations of curcumin are being developed to treat arthritis
Curcumin diclofenac conjugate has been developed and studies show that this compound is more stable than curcumin, twice stronger than diclofenac in terms of anti-inflammatory and its anti-arthritic property is superior to that of individual constituents.
Also, this form increases the bioavailability of curcumin by five folds.
Nanoparticles of curcumin in fats are a novel approach for delivering curcumin to inflamed joints and effectively treating arthritis.
Curcuminoids wrapped in fats are superior to curcuminoids alone in reducing inflammation, maintaining osteoblast function and preventing osteoclast activity.
Nanoparticles of polyphenols- curcumin and resveratrol have been developed to treat arthritis, thanks to their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antioedematogenic(reduces and prevents swelling) properties.
Meriva, a novel formulation of curcumin is thought of as a long term complementary treatment for arthritis as it significantly reduces joint pain and improves joint function. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate are supplements prescribed during arthritis for good bone health.
A clinical trial was conducted where the effect of Meriva+glucosamine combination was compared with glucosamine+chondroitin sulphate combination.
Interestingly the Meriva combination acted faster than the other duo and produced better outcomes.
Patients taking Meriva combination had a better walking distance on the treadmill test within one month and this effect lasted till the end of the study.
Flexofytol, a new drug containing turmeric extract has been recommended by a number of Belgian doctors. Within 6 weeks this drug reduces joint pain and improves quality of life.
Reports suggest that patients continue with the treatment for an average of 6 months and also discontinue the use of painkillers.
What does this mean?
Turmeric is effective in treating various forms of arthritis but it has low bioavailability. Therefore novel formulations are being designed to enhance its beneficial effects in arthritis treatment.
Turmeric as well as curcumin have a number of medicinal properties which can benefit in almost every arthritic condition; the most important ones being anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Various clinical trials have shown that curcumin benefits in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. (Read 6 Benefits Of Turmeric In Rheumatoid Arthritis, Turmeric and Osteoarthritis)
Turmeric’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties benefit in conditions like arthritis of knee and ankle, ankylosing spondylitis, bursitis etc. (Read Turmeric for arthritis of knee and ankle, 5 Benefits Of Turmeric In Ankylosing Spondylitis, 4 Ways Turmeric Helps In Bursitis)
Turmeric’s autoimmune, analgesic and anti-depressant properties provide relief in conditions like lupus and fibromyalgia. (Read Turmeric for lupus, Turmeric for fibromyalgia)
Turmeric is safe for children and can be used as a complementary aid in treating juvenile arthritis. (Read Is Turmeric Safe For Children, How Turmeric Can Help In Juvenile Arthritis)
What does this mean?
Turmeric and curcumin’s multifaceted activity can help in treatment of almost any kind of arthritis.
FAQS regarding Turmeric & Arthritis
Here are a couple of questions that are asked in relation to turmeric’s therapeutic efficacy in arthritis. These should help you with taking turmeric to treat arthritis.
1. Will turmeric ease pain in arthritis?
Turmeric is a natural painkiller and also has anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties that help relieve pain in arthritis. Check Benefit no 11 mentioned above for more details.
2. Does turmeric only reduce symptoms or does it heal arthritis?
Turmeric reduces symptoms of arthritis such as pain and inflammation. It also acts at genetic levels, prevents bone loss and works as a chemopreventive agent in arthritis. Turmeric can help reduce symptoms as well as halt progression of arthritis.
3. Can turmeric reduce bone loss in arthritis?
Yes, turmeric can prevent bone turnover and cartilage loss in conditions like osteoarthritis. Read Benefit no. 4
4. Can turmeric be used to treat arthritis in pets?
Yes, turmeric or Golden Paste can be given to pets to treat arthritis. Please refer to Pets tab right on top of the page for more details.
5. What dose of turmeric should I take for arthritis?
This depends on the form of turmeric you take. We recommend taking Golden Paste and the details have been highlighted in the Dosage section below.
6. Should I take whole turmeric or curcumin for arthritis?
We recommend whole turmeric or turmeric powder for arthritis over curcumin as it contains curcumin as well as other therapeutic compounds and also essential oils which have anti-arthritic activity.
7. Is it safe to take turmeric/Golden Paste with turmeric supplements in arthritis?
Yes, it is safe to take Golden Paste or turmeric in diet when taking supplements; however it is advisable to limit to low doses say 1-2 teaspoon in a day to avoid gastric discomfort.
8. What herbs can I take with turmeric for arthritis?
For arthritis, some of the best herbs to combine with turmeric include ginger, Boswellia serrata, Morus alba, bromelain extract etc. Few dietary supplements that would go well include fish oil capsules, glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and resveratrol. Consult a herbalist or health practitioner before you take supplements.
9. Can I take turmeric with anti-arthritic medications?
Yes, it is safe to take turmeric in diet when taking anti-arthritic medications. In fact, turmeric has a synergistic action with certain medications prescribed in arthritis like indomethacin, diclofenac sodium, phenylbutazone, ibuprofen, prednisone, methotrexate etc.
If taking Golden Paste or turmeric supplements avoid taking it close to the time of taking other medicines. Maintain a 3-4 hour gap.
Read : Detail analysis on turmeric and arthritis medications
10. Can I discontinue anti-arthritic medications by taking turmeric?
Turmeric is not meant to replace professional medical advice and treatment. Many readers do report discontinuation of anti-arthritic medications after taking turmeric but we recommend seeking your doctor’s advice on this.
Certain medications like steroids require tapering and this is possible with appropriate medical advice.
11. How long does it take for turmeric to benefit in arthritis?
This depends on the individual, severity of the disease, dosage as well as form of turmeric you are taking. Some individuals experience relief after 1-2 days of taking turmeric while some observe the difference in 2 weeks. At a dose of 1 teaspoon of Golden Paste 2-3 times a day reduction in pain should be visible within 10 days.
12. I have taken turmeric for a month or more but I still see no improvement in arthritis?
If its been a month since you have taken Golden Paste at a dose of 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day then here are a few things you could do:
- Check whether you are using good quality organic turmeric powder. (For help identifying good brands of turmeric please click here)
- Up the dose if it suits you.
Lastly, you can seek help from a health practitioner about turmeric supplements. Read Taking Turmeric But See No Benefits
13. Are there any side effects or precautions to note about turmeric?
Turmeric when taken in diet in moderate doses is safe. However, there are a certain precautions that you should be aware of and these have been discussed below in Precautions section.
14. Should turmeric be avoided in gout?
Low doses of turmeric in diet can be used in gout but for a therapeutic purpose, it is preferable to take turmeric supplements. Please read the Precautions section. (Read 6 Turmeric Benefits In Gout)
15. I am taking a blood thinner, can I take turmeric?
Turmeric in small amounts in diet is safe but turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of bleeding/clotting disorder. It is advisable to discuss this with your doctor.
Dosage of Turmeric for Arthritis
Turmeric is absolutely safe in the diet.
You can include as much as 1 tsp of turmeric powder in cooking every day.
Turmeric and curcumin do not dissolve well in water and therefore need to be taken with fats and black pepper for better absorption. Therefore we recommend taking Golden Paste.
Start with ¼ tsp a day and if you observe no side effects keep increasing the dose by ¼ tsp every week till you reach 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day.
You can opt for higher doses if it suits you. Here are 10 easy awesome ways to use Golden Paste.
It is best to take Golden Paste after meals and avoid taking it close to other medication consumption.
Other delicious recipes include Turmeric Milk and Turmeric Tea which can be taken as 1-2 cups a day.
If you need help identifying a good brand of turmeric please check this.
How to apply turmeric topically for arthritis?
Yes turmeric can be applied topically to affected joint to relieve arthritic pain.
Mix an adequate amount of turmeric powder in extra virgin olive or coconut oil to form a paste. You can slightly warm the oil prior to use.
Apply this paste to affected joint and massage gently (only if the pain is not too severe.) Cover this with a gauze and let it be for as long as possible say 30 mins to an hour.
Cleanse with cool water.
You can do this procedure 2-3 times in a day. Effects should be visible in as a much as a week or two’s time.
Turmeric can be included directly in the diet or can be used in any of the following ways to relieve arthritis.
- Take a small piece of turmeric and ginger and boil them together in water for about fifteen to thirty minutes. Now, remove the herbs and take the drink along with honey.
- Mix turmeric with ginger extract and make a paste. Apply the paste at the affected joints to obtain relief from stiff joints.
- Mix equal proportions of turmeric, ginger powder and fenugreek powder and store the mix in a tightly sealed container. Take one teaspoon of this mix twice a day.
Turmeric in dietary quantities does not pose any risk. Doses up to 8g have found to be safe but high doses can cause gastric side effects in real life.
Turmeric supplements should be opted for only after consulting a doctor. When it comes to arthritis, whole turmeric has more benefits but in conditions like gout or if you are at high risk of developing kidney stones it is advisable to opt for curcumin supplements because turmeric is moderately high in oxalates.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery. Avoid supplements if you are suffering from bile duct obstruction.
When on blood thinners, it is safe to occasionally introduce turmeric in diet and take in small doses in diet but do not use curcumin supplements. In such a condition it is best to discuss this with your doctor.
Turmeric may have drug interaction with stomach acid reducing drugs, blood sugar lowering drugs and blood thinners.
Read: Is it safe to take turmeric with arthritis medications
Turmeric’s anti-infammatory, antioxidant and analgesic properties contribute to its anti-arthritic feature. It not only attenuates pain but attempts to curb arthritis at a molecular and genetic level.
Overall turmeric is an ideal candidate for being developed as a commercial drug for arthritis as its reduces joint pain and swelling and also does not cause side effects as other drugs prescribed for arthritis.
Feel free to share your experience with turmeric with us. We would be more than happy to hear from you.
37 thoughts on “15 Benefits Of Turmeric In Arthritis [UPDATED]”
Thanks for all this but i would know weather i can mix turmeric and curcumin to treat prostate enlargment and cancer? i will apreciate with your reply . thanks
I have just started taking turmeric vitamins 500mg Its only been two days I have foot tendtitis and joint pain how long does does it take to start working and help with pain thank you
Hi. This depends on the severity of the condition as well as the individual. A dose of 1000-1500mg of standardised 95% curcumin with Bioperine should provide significant pain relief within 3-4 weeks.
I’m taking 2 teaspoons of golden paste in my smoothie of a morning for arthritis in a painful finger but find by the afternoon the pain comes back. I some days have a golden latte but it’s not always convenient so was thinking of taking the turmeric capsules you recommend. Their dosage is 2 capsules in the morning and 2 at night. So would you think I should take 2 in the afternoon? And a golden latte at night before bed? Can you overdose on turmeric?
Hi Jeanette. If you feel dietary turmeric is not benefiting you then you could consider switching or adding turmeric supplements to your regime. Start with small doses such as 500mg per day for a week (that should be 1 capsule) and then scale up to 1000mg if needed. This dose with turmeric milk at night should suffice. If you experience any acid reflux or gastric side effects please cut down the dose. Also consider consulting a herbalist about this.
Thank you for all this great information. My questions are:
1.) Can ‘normal’ turmeric powder be used which we use for making currys? Or does it have to be the expensive capsules of curcumin which are available online?
2.) If I only use the turmeric powder, plus black pepper and oil to mix with my smoothie (but not prepare it as the golden paste), will it be effective because I did not heat it up before?
3.) My mum has arthritis in her knees, pain in her thumbs. But she also has high blood pressure? Can she still use turmeric?
Hi. Yes you can use the turmeric used to make curries but make sure it is 100% turmeric powder and preferably organic. Sometimes curry powders are a blend of spices.
Yes you can use turmeric, oil and black pepper in the smoothie without heating. It should still be effective. Heating is not mandatory but has add on benefits.
And yes turmeric helps in relieving arthritis as well as high blood pressure. You can read about benefits of turmeric in hypertension here:
I have Psoriasis Rheumatoid Arthritis. How much of tumeric can i use to get this problem out. I need your advise.
Hi. You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take meds.
Also you can apply turmeric powder mixed with coconut/olive oil to areas affected by psoriasis. Conduct a patch test prior.
Turmeric is helpful for me in my joint pain,It’s Really works…Thank you for it.
Selena we are glad to hear that turmeric helps you. Thank you for sharing this.
Hello my mother has knee pain from past 10 years tried Ayurveda and other doctor medicine as well but poor response could you please help me how to use turmeric to knee pain.
Hi Syed. She can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds.
Turmeric taken with black pepper and oils should help relive knee pain.
Hello people. I have arthrosis in my left knee that was a result of a surgery correction when I was 12 (now I am 58 hehe). I am taking turmeric + ginger+half squeezed lemon in warm water every day before breakfast. I am a little better but the pain remains . I am agronomist and I get some turmeric from local farmers and use it very fresh.Thank you for the very good information about this plant and congratulations for your site Mr. Keshav
Thank you for the feedback. Antonio try taking the Golden Paste for better relief. You can even add ginger powder to it.
Extremely helpful website. I am new to turmeric and am looking forward to seeing its powers.
You can reap the therapeutic benefits of turmeric by taking The Golden Paste daily https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
My mother had joint pain since 3 years what to do
I am researching the turmeric for my friend and just wanted to mention that I love your site and I think this is the best turmeric you can buy in Australia. I will recommend this to my friend today asap. I had used a different turmeric USDA certified organic for 6 months and even I don’t have arthritis I believe it benefited my greatly as a general anti inflammatory. will definitely use your milk and paste recipes. thank you so much for sharing.
Milla, thank you for the appreciation and feedback.
I have just started taking tumeric in capsule form for severe arthritis-like symptoms due to Lyme disease, and hope to get off the cortisone medication!
I have osteoarthritis in my little finger and it gave my finger inflammation, swollenness, stiffness, redness, warmth, pain, itchiness and several small blisters. Twice a day, I took turmeric powder 1 tsp + a bit of black pepper with a glass of milk. Now it has been 20 days that I have been taking turmeric powder and I have no inflammation, itchiness, redness, warmth, and small blisters any more; but still let’s say 10% swollenness, 30% of stiffness and 20% of pain left.
I am against steroid for my finger(for my health in the end), so turmeric is the best medicine I found so far.
Since my finger gets a lot better, I will reduce turmeric powder 2tps to 1tsp and in addition to this, start to take ”Golden paste” once a day. I hope my experience could help.
losephine, it will help you,,, i have osteoarthritis on my neck and take Golden Paste once a day one teaspoon ,full effect kicked after about 6 weeks,,wish you all the best xxx
Thank you very much for sharing this for benefit of others.
I’d love to know how long until you can expect to see any improvement for arthritis?
Some individuals see a difference within days or a week after taking it. 1 month is sufficient; if you don’t see any effects by then you may need to increase the dose.
I suffered from leg cramps almost daily before, but since I took turmeric powder regularly it’s been months now and I haven’t had even one cramp. Also, I have this cyst on my upper eyelid and it is gone now. And my health has really improved. Yes, Turmeric is indeed awesome!
Thanks for sharing your experience with turmeric.
I am using turmeric with black pepper in olive oil to help my border collie, who is 15.5 years, & has arthritis. Her response has been amazing! She went, in a few days, from needing help to stand up & go up steps, to needing no help at all, & being keen to go for walks again. I give her a small level teaspoon in her food, twice a day. Formerly I tried aspirin (1/3 tablet, twice a day,) & it didn’t have a great effect, & of course, has limited use because of side effects. So I strongly recommend turmeric & pepper.
Gill, thank you for sharing your experience with turmeric for your pet.
Thank you for sharing your experience with turmeric.
I have had bad Shoulder & Neck pain for a few years now, was Diagnosed with DDD, Disc Degenerate Disease. im am 45 years & was getting random shocks in the side of the head that lasted for 10 seconds at the longest, very bad, as I never knew when the shocks would hit me. while driving & in a busy shopping centre is the worst time to get an attack. over the past two years I’ve been taking voltaren Rapid 25, it helped me a lot. over the past moth I have stopped taking over counter pain killer & anti inflamatories, as long term use of these drugs can lead to other problems such as liver damage. I’ve been taking Tumeric powder in captules that I made myself over the pas month & I haven’t had to take any ither pain killers. I find that Tumeric works a lot better that anything I’ve had over the years. I wish I discovered this years ago.
Wow thats brilliant. We are happy to know that turmeric benefits you. Thank you for sharing this.
i was extremely having itchy finger tips due to eczema,since the use of different kitchen household products like dish washing liquid etc ,My husband applied turmeric powder mixed with water to a paste ,and we covered it with band aid, and by morning like magic.. the itchiness is gone, 🙂
I usually use topical steroid cream to relieve my itching eczema , i am so glad.. that turmeric is a better natural way to treat eczema, than the steroid cream ,Minus the yellow finger 🙂 ,Well when you think about it, a little yellow is far more better than the side effect of the steroid cream .
Great Sheena !.. hope you you use turmeric more and more in future. Also keep sharing your experience with others.
I suffer from eczema on the inside of my palm. Therefore I experimentally decided to apply a bit of turmeric powder mixed with water to a paste, not expecting much. To my immense surprise it relieved itching and redness IMMEDIATELY !!! Wow, what a wonderful stuff !
Thank you for sharing your experience Sara. Turmeric is indeed awesome!