Updated: Aug 7
About one-third of adults experience joint pain, the most common of which is knee pain. Joint pain can be due to a variety of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and autoimmune conditions, just to name a few.
Joint pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. It may go away after a few weeks (acute), or last for several weeks or months (chronic). Even short-term pain and swelling in the joints can affect your quality of life. Whatever the cause of joint pain, you can usually manage it with medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments.
Most people will turn to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxin (Aleve) for pain relief. However chronic use of these medication can cause side effects such as kidney damage, stomach ulcers, or increase your chance of gastrointestinal bleeding. You do have other options.
Several studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses. A 2006 study showed turmeric was more effective at preventing joint inflammation than reducing joint inflammation.
A 2010 clinical trial found that a turmeric supplement called Meriva (standardized to 75 percent curcumin combined with phosphatidylcholine) provided long-term improvement in pain and function in 100 patients with knee OA.
In a small 2012 pilot study, a curcumin product called BCM-95 reduced joint pain and swelling in patients with active RA better than diclofenac, an nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
The dosage can vary between individuals depending on the specific condition. High doses of turmeric can also act as a blood thinner. Consult your Naturopathic Physician for control of your joint pain!