Do you believe the efficacy in alternative medicine to treat joint pain?
Regardless of how you view it, alternative medicine is gaining ground in doctors’ office and nearly one in 30 Americans are trying themselves nowadays. There are evidence to support its popularity from the study carried out by Harvard Medical School and the report published in the Health Services Research.
In The New York Times’ Well blog, Well had interviewed Dr. Minerva Santos, the director of integrative medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York. Dr. Santos testified that “Turmeric” is good for joint pain. She said she frequently recommends turmeric in her practice to patients complaining sore and achy joints, and even uses turmeric to relieve pain in her joints from sports and exercise. She had persuaded her father who was skeptical initially to try turmeric for his pain and stomach issues during his rehab after his hip operation and was informed a few days after using “Turmeric” his pain had totally gone.
Although you could get turmeric from the common food flavourings and colourings in Asian cuisine such as from the curry dishes but getting turmeric in pill or capsule form from the health food stores is recommended, as advised by Dr. Santos. Her rationale is that a compound called piperine is added to aid absorption so that turmeric will get absorbed into your bloodstream rather than staying in your gut. She recommends a dose of 1,000 milligrams a day of turmeric for treating joint pain.
According to a study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2009, curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, was found as effective as ibuprofen to ease pain and improved function in 107 people with knee osteoarthritis. Taking curcumin daily in moderate doses for up to three months was also reported safe from a study done by researchers at Baylor University Medical Center in 2008.
What we can conclude is that turmeric is considered safe as a food ingredient or when taken medicinally in the recommended doses. However, you should seek professional advice if gall stones are present or if the bile passages are obstructed. It is also reported that taking excessive amount of turmeric may cause stomach upsets and ulcers.
Tan Kok Hui
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