The word “Arthritis” refers to inflammation of the joints. The most common type of arthritis seen in children below the age of 17 is known as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, or Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Children who are affected by this disease find it difficult to even complete daily tasks. Disability results in few of the cases.
A study says that about 294,000 American children below the age of 18 have arthritis.
The common symptoms of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis include:
- Less range of motion
Inappropriate response from the immune system is one of the main causes of arthritis in children. The immune system mistakes the joint as a bacterial or virus infection and attacks it. Hence it is called as an autoimmune disorder.
Some of the healthy tissues and cells of the body are attacked by the immune system. Scientists often describe that the setting in of juvenile arthritis is a two step process in children.
The first step is that the child gets some traits from his/her parents is that makes it more prone to acquire arthritis. The second step is that a foreign object, like a virus, sets it off.
Natural medicines and herbal remedies such as turmeric provide the best cures, with no visible side effects. It also saves the parent/guardian from the burden of expensive medicines.
How Turmeric Benefits In Juvenile Arthritis
Research suggests that the anti rheumatic properties if turmeric help to fight juvenile arthritis in children.
- Curcumin provides turmeric with its anti inflammatory properties.
- It benefits as an antioxidant
- It relieves pain
- It is safe on the stomach and reduces side effects of NSAIDs.
Best Ways To Take Turmeric For Juvenile Arthritis
Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for juvenile arthritis. 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 can not exert a significant therapeutic effect in juvenile arthritis.
Recommended intake: 1-1.5g of root sliced or chopped. You can also juice it and add it to fresh juices. You can also make Golden paste from fresh roots.
Further Read – Is fresh turmeric better then powder?
Direct turmeric powder may not be palatable for children, so it is best to include it in their diet.
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 3 times a day.
This depends on the age and weight of your child. The recommended adult dose of Golden Paste for health benefits is 1 tsp 3 times a day and the dose for children is 1/3 of the adult dose.
Thinking of other ways to take Golden Paste read 10 ways to take Golden Paste
Turmeric tincture is great for relief from pain and inflammation but consult a herbalist or naturopath before giving turmeric tincture to your child.
Turmeric tea is a relatively delicious option. Here is the recipe.
Recommended intake: 1 cup a day split in two doses.
This is just perfect when it comes to combating pain naturally and is highly recommended for children. You can find the recipe here.
Recommended intake: 1 cup a day split in two doses
We do not recommend turmeric supplements for children. It is best to consult a doctor before giving turmeric supplements to children.
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.
If harrowed by turmeric stains here is how you can take care of them.
Use of turmeric to treat Juvenile Arthritis is still under research. However, it has been noticed that it is a safer and palatable option compared to other non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for treating arthritis in children.
Standard treatment procedures may cause side effects and other complexities, turmeric on the other hand is very safe for children.