Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition of muscles and soft tissues which is accompanied by muscle pain, fatigue etc.
Fibromyalgia mostly affects women over age 18 but 1-7% children are known to be affected by the disease.
The main cause of fibromyalgia is unknown but some causes worth mentioning are:
- Genetics- genetic mutation may lead to development of fibromyalgia.
- Infections- certain infections may trigger fibromyalgia.
- Physical and mental stress
Some of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are fatigue, headache, body pain. Depression is also sometimes associated with fibromyalgia.
Some medications that can treat fibromyalgia are pain-relievers, antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs.
Some helpful approaches in treating fibromyalgia include reducing stress, stretching the affected muscle, physical exercise, getting enough sleep.
How Turmeric Benefits in Fibromyalgia
Turmeric holds multiple benefits in fibromyalgia:
- Turmeric helps relieve pain naturally.
- It acts better than conventional painkillers.
- It can replace opioid painkillers.
- It regulates neurotransmitters.
- It improves cognition and prevents memory lapse.
- It benefits in depression and anxiety.
- It benefits in rheumatism.
- It can improve sleep.
- It benefits in Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
- It can attenuate premenstrual syndrome.
Best Ways to Take Turmeric in Fibromyalgia
Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for Fibromyalgia. Based on the studies and reader’s reports we have summarized various ways of taking turmeric which could benefit in this disorder.
The dosage depends in terms of the formulation and severity of the condition. Here is the recommended dose:
Fresh Turmeric roots
Turmeric roots are a great addition to diet but the limited quantities we eat cannot exert a significant therapeutic effect in fibromyalgia.
Recommended intake: 1-3 g or ½ inch long piece of root sliced or chopped. You can also juice it and take it with a pinch of black pepper.
This can be a part of your fresh juices or taken individually as 30 ml thrice a day to curb pain. You can also make Golden paste from fresh roots.
Further Read – Is fresh turmeric root better then turmeric powder?
If you are including turmeric powder in cooking then 1 tsp daily is sufficient. Always opt for good quality organic turmeric powder (How to identify organic turmeric, Recommended Organic Turmeric brands)
However if you take turmeric powder straight with black pepper then it would be 1-2 g of turmeric powder with a pinch of black pepper.
In terms of teaspoon that would be 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper powder twice a day.
Start with small doses and increase gradually. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach. You can also make Turmeric capsules at home.
Maximum dose: 1 tsp of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper thrice a day
Golden Paste combines heat, black pepper and healthy fats to increase the absorption of turmeric.
It is highly recommended to take this paste after/with meals and to avoid taking it close to other medications. (Read Does Turmeric cause acid reflux? Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interaction?) Here is the recipe for Golden Paste.
You can also make Golden Paste from fresh roots.
Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose by ¼ teaspoon every week. Continue till reach a dose of 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).
Also if the pain is too severe you can consider splitting the dose and taking it in regular intervals. Or you may increase the dose.
This is the ideal dose of Golden Paste where you should experience relief. The ideal dose differs with every individual; some do fine on a small dose while some may need more.
Thinking of other ways to take Golden Paste read 10 ways to take Golden Paste
Maximum dosage: 1 table spoon 2-3 times a day only advised if you are comfortable taking it and not experiencing gastric side effects.
Some individuals swear by turmeric tincture’s pain relief action. And it also skips the taste issue. We recommend tincture in case of flare; on long term we recommend golden paste or turmeric powder.
Take 10-30 drops 2-3 times a day depending on the condition. It can be added to teas, juices or smoothies.
Maximum dosage: 20-30 drops 3 times a day
This is a good option for tea lovers and who want to skip the taste of turmeric paste. Here is the recipe.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
This is just perfect when it comes to combating pain naturally. You can find the recipe of Turmeric Milk here.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
The recommended dosage for supplements is 300-400mg 2-3 times a day for standardized 95% curcumin extract.
However the dose would differ based on the formulation, hence it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
Avoid taking supplements on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines. Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Turmeric supplements should be taken with care. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)
If you are taking blood thinners, turmeric supplements should be avoided. Turmeric can be included in diet in small doses. If suffering from a bleeding disorder consult a doctor and herbalist or naturopath before taking turmeric.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of pregnancy and lactation.
Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gall bladder obstructions.
Turmeric may interact with certain medications like stomach acid reducing drugs, diabetes medications, blood thinners. Avoid taking turmeric supplements at the same time as medicines.
Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
If harrowed by turmeric stains here is how you can take care of them.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain, stiffness in ligaments and tendons, fatigue etc.
Turmeric is a good therapeutic agent in treating fibromyalgia because of its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is also beneficial in soothing pain occurring in fibromyalgia.
When taken in right dosage turmeric is a good natural therapy for treatment of fibromyalgia.