This post will look at the linking of turmeric and arthritis pain and how the combining of the two can result in reducing swelling and the pain associated with this condition. A condition which affects too many sexagenarians, of which they are a huge part of the population that is affected and suffering.
Turmeric: Curcuma longa, is a member of the ginger family, this rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant comes to nature’s pharmacy from its native region of Southeast Asia. The regions stable warmer climate consisting of temperatures ranging from 20 and 30 °C (68–86 °F) along with its annual levels of rainfall makes it ideal for growing. Rhizomes ( a modified subterranean stem of a plant that sends out roots and shoots from its nodes) are gathered annually and used fresh or boiled before drying in ovens to be ground into an orange-yellow powder which is what the majority of populations are familiar with.
Arthritis: A condition affecting the joints of the body which causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Typically, arthritis results in decreased range of motion as well as some forms of deformities in more advanced stages. There are over 100 types of arthritis with the most common being rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia and gout. Arthritis affects more than 20 million people in the USA alone and can account to as much as $50 billion or more in loss of wages from the effects of this condition.
To date there are no known cures for those with arthritis and early detection can only help reduce the effects to allow better tolerance of the pain associated with it. The following research will give you a breakdown of “Arthritis Statistics – Statistic Brain.” 2017 Statistic Brain Research Institute, publishing as Statistic Brain. May 5th, 2017 https://www.statisticbrain.com…
The Magic Of Turmeric – Good For You
Turmeric contains a natural compound called Curcumin. It is known for reducing inflammation as well as a highly regarded antioxidant. Being part of the ginger (Zingiber officinale ) family, turmeric has been found to be gentler on the body when it comes to absorption.
Better known for its use in the culinary world in giving curries a warm spicy taste as well as a vibrant color, research has found that many more uses of this plant, benefits a variety of conditions in today’s modern world.
Food allergies, diabetes ( known for reducing blood sugar levels), inflammation, pain, cardiovascular health, arthritis, digestion, immune system and many more are just some of the ways you can benefit from this wonderful plant. Over 7,000 research studies have looked at turmeric and its natural properties in treating both humans and animals alike.
Turmeric can be purchased at just about any grocery store and one should decide which form of the herb is best suited for them. If you are considering purchasing the powder form, be sure that it is 100% organic and free of any filler materials. It can also be purchased in tea form as well as capsules. Below is a simple recipe for making tea for whenever the need arises. Just be sure to include the pepper in the recipe as this one tiny ingredient is responsible for activating the curcumin contained within the turmeric in order to help you heal.
Two cups boiling hot water
1 teaspoon pure organic turmeric powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper (depending on your taste)
small pinch of cardamon (optional)
honey (add any amount you wish for your taste buds)
Once all the ingredients are added, stir thoroughly and let steep for five to ten minutes. Stir once more and you can strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, milk nut sack or paper coffee filter in order to avoid ingesting the residue if you choose but in essence, it will do you more good than bad. You can enjoy this tea daily, and can be made with milk if you prefer.
In order to get the most benefit, you will need to get enough of the curcumin as one teaspoon of turmeric contains approximately 200 mg and one would need in the range of 500 mg to 1000 mg to be fully effective in terms of reducing pain and inflammation. I must warn you that you do not want to spill the tea and be sure to rinse out the spoon right away, or else your counter top will turn yellow from the powder.
No Time For Idle Hands – Keep Moving!
Arthritis is not picky and can target other parts of the body as well. Knee’s, hips, backs, and so on. If you have a joint, it can find it. We all need the tools we were given to be able to perform in our daily lives and such a disruption can only cause frustration and a reliance on others to assist us.
Research over the years has found that being overweight puts more pressure on the joints and as a result, more pain complaints. Exercise and staying flexible can help regain some of the movement of the joints and reduce pain levels and stiffness, not to mention the effects to the psyche as a result of the aforementioned. A healthy diet will always have a huge impact on anything we do in life so best to add it to the regiment.
Using one of the many creams available over the counter can offer relief on a temporary basis but they too have their limits. Something as simple as a hot bath or shower can also give a bit more comfort and I for one, am a big fan of the hot tub idea.
Essential oils can also be used to treat and reduce the painful effects of arthritis and a little can go a long ways. These are powerful oils from nature and should not be used in conjunction with other medications in order to prevent unwanted side effects. ( If you are interested on the types of oils that are best to use for treatments, leave me a comment at the end of this article and I will do my best to send you the information.)
The N Word – Yes I SAID It
NSAIDS non-steroidal anti–inflammatory drugs can offer relief in the form of chemicals. Not always the best choice, but each to their own opinion. Most commonly known as aspirin, ibuprofen and under many other commercial names. You see their commercials on television and in print media all the time and surely are in enough pain that they begin to look like an easy and quick way to tackle the problem.
The potential side effects alone from nsaids may eventually have you rethinking about what is in your wallet and who is getting the better treatment here, you or the manufacturer?
The old saying “there’s a pill for that” is not a lie, but take into account what they will do to the body. How’s your heart? Can your stomach handle the harshness of such medicines on an ongoing basis for the long term? Forget the Chianti and think about what NSAIDS will or can do to the liver. Proper renal functions can be greatly disrupted causing more damage to the body of which you are trying so hard to repair or minimize ill effects to.
No Magic Bullet – Cure Alls Aside
Life has not been kind to the human body as it prefers to remind us that we are not in charge. However, mother nature has given us a bit of the magic to help protect us in the form of a unique union between turmeric and arthritis pain to offset life’s ills. It is just one of the many tricks up her sleeve that just like you’re own mother, she is there to protect you from harm.
For those of you that prefer botanicals over man made chemical attempts at curing, you are in luck. Nature’s pharmacy is vast and turmeric is just one of the many items that is in stock, of which many can be grown right in your backyard and ready for use on your timeline.
If you are interested in starting to use nature’s pharmacy and have the space, learn how to grow turmeric indoors.
What Is Pain – Relief In Sight
Pain, what a pain. At least you known you are alive because you can feel it. To those of us that suffer from any of the many types of arthritis, there is just a little bit of luck for this currently not curable affliction. As research continues, a greater understanding of what are the causes leading to arthritis and how breakthrough science can play its role, someday it will make it all look like its just an inconvenience on a temporary basis. Let’s hope so.
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