Turmeric Beats Ibuprofen for Arthritis of the Knee

5th April 2014 By Sayer Ji Contributing Writer for Wake Up World An exciting new clinical trial published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed that an effective natural alternative to the exceedingly popular pharmaceutical painkiller ibuprofen exists for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and it is a familiar kitchen spice known to be far superior both in safety and the number of side benefits it confers to any drug in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug class. Last year, in a Lancet review on the topic, ibuprofen was identified to be as toxic to the heart as the banned anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, likely contributing to tens of thousands of deaths from cardiovascular disease each year. This is one of the reasons why evidence-based natural alternatives are extremely important, especially when they involve culinary spices that are already known to be safe, affordable, accessible and time-tested. Titled, “Efficacy and Safety of Curcuma domestica Extracts in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis,”[i] the multi-center trial was conducted with 109 patients with primary knee osteoarthritis who were randomized to receive either ibuprofen 800 mg day ibuprofen (55 patients) or 2,000 mg turmeric (Curcuma domestica) per day (52 patients), for 6 weeks. The ibuprofen was divided into 2 doses of 400mg daily, and the turmeric into 4 doses of 500 mg daily. The researchers measured pain on level walking, pain on stairs, and functions of knee assessed by time spent during 100-m walk and going up and down a flight of stairs, as the primary outcomes.

1%) versus the ibuprofen group (80.4%). Supphalak Laongpech.9% and 2. Jittima Saengsuwan. except the turmeric group showed slightly better performance on the 100-m walk and less selfreported pain going up and down a flight of stairs.2%. Montana Buntragulpoontawee. The form of turmeric used in the study was manufactured by the Thai Government Pharmaceutical Organization. Its preparation was described as follows: “The preparations were made under the Good Manufacturing Procedures Standard. the subjects rated themselves to have higher satisfaction with the treatment results in the turmeric group (91. While the researchers acknowledged the limitations of their study – no double-blind protocol. Each capsule of C. view our biomedical database on the topic: Curcumin Health Benefits. domestica were grounded into powder.” They also pointed out that while some patients in the ibuprofen group rated themselves as having little satisfaction or no satisfaction (10. To view the first-hand research establishing its value. with all primary outcomes similar. not a single patient in the turmeric group reported being unsatisfied. The primary curcuminoid known to science is curcumin. Piyapat Dajpratham. the turmeric group showed less adverse events. For additional research on natural interventions for knee osteoarthritis view our database on the topic: Natural Knee Osteoarthritis Interventions Article Reference [i] Vilai Kuptniratsaikul.After six weeks. Finally. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in . and the need for a larger patient sample size – they concluded that “C. Also. the need for a higher dose in the placebo group. Kesthamrong Tantayakom. Also. domestica extracts contained 250 mg of curcuminoids. The turmeric powder was extracted with ethanol andthen evaporated at low pressure to obtain ethanolic extracts containing oil and curcuminoids. and is the polyphenol in turmeric that gives the spice its radiant golden hue. domestica extracts seem to be efficacious and safe for the treatment of knee OA similarly to ibuprofen. they observed a distinct trend towards a greater effect in patients receiving turmeric an ibuprofen. respectively). significant improvements were observed in both groups. Curcumin has been studied to have over 600 health benefits. Wirat Taechaarpornkul. Pranee Lukkanapichonchut. Dried rhizomes of C. Chirawan Chootip. The oil part was then removed in order to have curcuminoids extracts. Turmeric powder contains approximately 2-4% curcumin by weight.

lecturer. Sayer has served as a patient advocate and an educator and consultant for the natural health and wellness field. researcher. His writings have been published and referenced widely in print and online.com.com. and the founder of GreenMedInfo. an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. 2014 . the world an open access. following residency at the Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York.patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study. evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. . Bruce W. In 1996. New York Times and The Well Being Journal. where he studied under the American philosopher Dr. Wilshire.9:451-8. he embarked on a 5 year journey of service as a counsellor-teacher and wilderness therapy specialist for various organizations that serve underprivileged and/or adjudicated populations. Mercola. Clin Interv Aging. The Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. Epub 2014 Mar 20. with a focus on the philosophy of science. Since 2003. PMID: 24672232 About the author: Sayer Ji is an author. including Truthout. In 1995 Sayer received a BA degree in Philosophy from Rutgers University.

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