The bright yellow turmeric is truly a nature’s bounty with a plethora of health benefits. While use of the golden spice goes back to ancient medicine, precisely Ayurveda, modern medicine also is catching on.
The compound curcumin that gives the spice its vibrant color, earthy aroma and slightly bitter taste also makes it a potent healer with essential antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
A number of studies conducted around the world now vouch for the efficacy of this humble rhizome in treating degenerative joint diseases. Turmeric has been proven to work as good as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in reducing pain due to joint inflammation, commonly known as arthritis.
There are several types of arthritis, but the two most prevalent types are:
- Osteoarthritis, in which cartilage between the bones wears down, leading to friction and inflammation of the joints.
- Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that damages the synovial membrane that protects the joints.
Consuming turmeric not only reduces the pain but also improves joint health. So how much turmeric does one need to consume to ease arthritis symptoms? And how do you consume it? Well, we have the answers.
There are three basic ways to use turmeric for arthritis – eat it, drink it or apply it topically.
However, turmeric is not meant for everyone. Do not consume turmeric if you are:
- Taking blood-thinning medication.
- Prone to having gallstones or kidney stones.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Taking antidiabetic medication.
- Allergic to turmeric or suffer from digestive distress after consuming it.
- Suffering from iron deficiency.
- Suffering from infertility.
If you do not have any of the above conditions, read on to learn how to use turmeric for arthritis.
- Method 1: Turmeric Tea
- Method 2: Turmeric Paste for Topical Application
- # With Coconut Oil
- # With Water
- Method 3: Turmeric Supplements
Method 1: Turmeric Tea
Turmeric tea is a tasty way of getting rid of the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. The recipe also uses ginger, a potent anti-inflammatory primarily due to the presence of an active component called gingerol. The two herbs form a powerful concoction for reducing the swelling and stiffness of arthritis.
Things you’ll need:
- Water – 1 cup
- Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
- Grated ginger (anti-inflammatory) – 1 teaspoon
- Honey – 1 teaspoon
Step 1. Brew a cup of turmeric tea
- Place a pan on the stove or hot plate.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the pan.
- Add 1 teaspoon each of turmeric and grated ginger.
- Bring it to a boil, then cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Step 2. Strain the tea and add honey
- Strain the tea into a cup.
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey. You can also use stevia in place of honey to sweeten the tea.
- Mix well and drink it.
Drink turmeric tea once or twice every day. You should notice improvement in the pain and stiffness in just 1 week. Continue drinking it at least for 1 month or even longer to keep arthritis symptoms under control.
Method 2: Turmeric Paste for Topical Application
If consuming turmeric doesn’t excite you much, try applying it on your aching joints. Turmeric is readily absorbed through the skin and starts working on the problem areas almost immediately. To use turmeric for arthritis you can mix it with either water or coconut oil to form a paste. Coconut oil itself is an anti-inflammatory agent and increase the potency of the remedy.
Note: Turmeric can leave bright yellow stains on your skin and your clothes. While the stains can be removed with home remedies, it is better to be careful when handling it.
# With Coconut Oil
Things you’ll need:
- Turmeric powder – 1 tablespoon
- Coconut oil (anti-inflammatory)
Single-Step Treatment: Mix turmeric & coconut oil to apply on your painful joints
- Put 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder in a container.
- Add enough coconut oil to make a spreadable paste.
- Mix the two well.
- Apply a thick layer of the paste to fully cover the painful joints. You can also massage it gently for a few minutes, applying light pressure.
- Let the paste sit for 3 hours.
- Wash it off with warm water.
Apply the paste 2 or 3 times every day to get relief from arthritis pain in 1 or 2 weeks. Also, use it whenever the pain gets unbearable.
# With Water
Step 1. Cook turmeric and water in a pan
- Pour ½ cup of water into a heated pan.
- Add ¼ cup of turmeric powder to it.
- Cook the mixture over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until it becomes a thick paste.
- Keep stirring continuously to prevent burning the turmeric.
Step 2. Store the turmeric paste and use daily
- Spoon the thick turmeric paste into an airtight jar. You can easily store it in the refrigerator for 1 month.
- Apply the paste over sore joints, letting it sit for 15 minutes before washing it off.
Repeat twice a day regularly to relieve pain and inflammation. You should notice a significant improvement within 1 week.
Method 3: Turmeric Supplements
Taking supplements is by far the most convenient way to use turmeric for arthritis and to get curcumin into your system for holistic healing. Take the recommended daily dosage based on the type of arthritis you are dealing with.
Single-Step Treatment: Take turmeric supplements daily
- For treating osteoarthritis, take 400 mg to 600 mg of a turmeric supplement 3 times a day.
- For treating rheumatoid arthritis, take 500 mg twice every day.
Continue taking it for 4 to 6 weeks for positive results.
Consult your doctor before starting any kind of supplement, especially if you have any other medical condition.
- Increase your intake of magnesium to improve bone health.
- Do moderate exercises regularly to maintain joint mobility.
- Maintain optimum weight to prevent extra stress on the joints.
- Minimize stress, as it can exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
- Get enough sleep to allow your body enough time to repair and regenerate.
- Check with your doctor about alternating heat and cold therapy to relieve arthritis pain.
- Eat more broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. These veggies slow down cartilage damage.