The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published an exciting new clinical trial, which has revealed that a very effective natural alternative to the exceedingly popular pharmaceutical painkiller ibuprofen has been found for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and believe it or not it is a familiar kitchen spice known to be far superior both in the number of side benefits and safety it confers to any drug in the anti inflammatory non steroidal (NSAID) class of drugs.
Effectiveness of Turmeric Versus Ibuprofen
In the clinical trial mentioned above, 109 patients with arthritis of the knee were randomly split into two groups. One group received 2,000 mg of turmeric, while the other group received 800 mg of ibuprofen. The interventions were provided in divided doses every day for 6 weeks. Researchers evaluated the pain experienced by the participants during going up a flight of stairs and level walking as well as assessed knee function through noting the time spent in accomplishing the two activities.
Turmeric Is Much Safer Than Ibuprofen
According to WebMD, numerous adverse effects are linked with ibuprofen, some of them quite severe, such as stroke and heart attack. The most common effects are dizziness, stomach pain, heartburn, nausea and rash. In addition, the publication lists 14 infrequent side effects and 84 rare adverse effects, many of which are serious, such as fatal bleeding from the stomach and kidney failure.
On the other hand, turmeric is likely safe for most people unless it is taken in very high amounts (more than 3,000 mg/day), according to WebMD. It normally does not cause side effects, but some people have experienced diarrhea, stomach upset and dizziness. It is not recommended for patients who are anticipating surgery within two weeks,patients with gastrointestinal reflux disease or gall bladder disease.