A fracture is a medical condition in which a bone is broken mostly due to external force.
It is one of the daily and acute health issues in which the bones can be broken in different ways i.e crosswise,lengthwise and in multiple pieces.
On a daily basis a lot of fractures occur due to breakage of bone.
According to research and studies approximately 50% of women and 20% of men suffer from fracture after they are 50 years old as bones become weak as you age.
Pain is the most obvious symptom of bone injury in addition to swelling right after the fracture takes place, bruising, unable to move the affected area, angulation or in some cases maybe bleeding.
Fractures can be easily diagnosed by X-rays or MRI scans.
Most common causes of fractures are direct force, osteoporosis, overuse or repetitive motion of bone or muscle. A complicated bone fracture can sometimes be life-threatening.
Majority of bone fractures occur due to bad fall, road accidents due to powerful impact than the bones can withstand. Osteoporosis(condition of weak bones) can also be the reason for frequent fractures.
Fractures take several weeks to months for recovery.
Bone healing is a natural process hence proper rest is required for the faster treatment using plaster casts, metal plates and screws, internal steel rods etc.
Methods like ultrasound therapy, bone grafting and stem cell therapy can be useful in treating severe fractures.
A healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin-D makes the bones stronger and less prone to fractures.
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Benefits of Turmeric in Bone Fractures
Turmeric holds multiple benefits in bone fractures:
- Turmeric reduces inflammation.
- Turmeric prevents loss of bone minerals.
- Turmeric can attenuate pain.
- Turmeric helps in healing bone fractures.
Best Ways to Take Turmeric in Bone Fractures
Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for fractures. 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 of the turmeric supplement and severity of the health condition. Here is the recommended dose:
Fresh Turmeric roots
Turmeric roots are a great addition to diet but you can’t expect therapeutic benefits based on the limited amount of roots one can consume per serving.
Recommended intake: 1-3g 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. You can also make Golden Paste with fresh roots.
Further Read – Is fresh turmeric better then powder?
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
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.
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).
This is the ideal dose of Golden Paste where you should experience relief. The dose may differ for each individual; some may need more some may need less.
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.
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 for Turmeric Tea.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
This is just perfect when it comes to combating pain naturally. You can find the recipe for 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. (Should you take turmeric if you have gallstones?)
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.
Bone fractures are a common phenomenon that leads to a number of injuries. Sometimes bone fractures can get complicated if they do not heal in the right direction which may cause a lot of pain and suffering.
Proper rest and a healthy diet are necessary for the fracture to heal properly. Turmeric helps in soothing pain and stiffness of bones and helps in a faster recovery
If taken in the right dosage turmeric can help in the treatment of bone fractures and also in quick recovery.