Curcumin is an active ingredient of the spice Turmeric and is also found in limited quantities in Ginger. The question is: Will Curcumin help with pain relief? Turmeric and Ginger have been used in various naturopathic medicinal remedies for reducing inflammation, thus relieving pain to certain extents.
Curcumin has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for centuries. In India Turmeric is used in different curries, giving it the bright yellow color and pungent flavor. Yet, it has been used as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory remedy by many cultures over the years. In recent studies performed by various universities, it has been shown to reduce inflammation, thus reducing pain incrementally and in many cases within 30 to 45 minutes of oral ingestion of Curcumin.
Many studies performed by naturopaths and arthritic doctors have concluded there is a necessary absorption requirement in order for Curcumin’s efficacy in pain relief. Black pepper has been shown to increase absorption. Many naturopathic doctors have reported that along with black pepper, CoQ10 and many other nutritional supplements there is more lubricity in the joints, increasing the efficacy of Curcumin to relieve arthritic pain.
Although it remains subjective in “chemical” medicine, Curcumin has been shown by many users to reduce pain, allowing them to be more active in their daily lives. There have been many doctors who became believers in the use of more natural methods of pain relief after interviewing their patients who utilize natural methods. Curcumin has become a staple for many who wish to use less invasive methods such as NSAIDs for pain relief.
These studies have concluded that even in rats, there is a dynamic change in their physiology after consumption of Curcumin. Less inflammation in their joints, hence there is likely much less pain for the rats. This being the case, the same could be said of humans who consume Curcumin, that oral ingestion of Curcumin on a daily basis can and will reduce arthritic inflammation thus, lowering pain in patients who have added this invaluable supplement known as Curcumin to their diets.
A warning for consumption of Curcumin: When ingesting Curcumin you should consider the fact that you could experience an upset stomach when ingested in large amounts. When also taking blood thinners (anticoagulants) such as Warfarin you should take into account the clotting capabilities of Curcumin. Do not take within two weeks of any surgery. As with any natural supplements, always consult with your doctor prior to any additions of nutritional supplements such as Curcumin.