The miracle component in turmeric is called Curcumin.
Traditionally used in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat arthritis turmeric/curcumin blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes, including cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the target of celecoxib ( Celebrex).
According to claims making the rounds turmeric reduces pain, inflammation and stiffness related to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA); and also treats bursitis.
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).
Now over to ginger. Ginger is beneficial for the relieve of rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative arthritis like osteoarthritis.
And this is due to certain compounds in ginger like gingerols and shogaols.
At thus junction one fact to have in mind when it comes to this particular arthritis home remedy is that both turmeric and ginger are anti-inflammatory among other things.
The compounds in ginger can function as a COX-2 inhibitor, the same way as common medications for rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis .
One review of 5 studies found that those with osteoarthritis who took ginger had a 30% decrease in pain and a 22% reduction in disability, compared with control groups.
One can take in both turmeric and ginger in different forms but in this arthritis home remedy post we shall be focused on turmeric and ginger tea.
Turmeric and Ginger Tea Recipe…
-2 cups of water
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
-Honey to taste
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and had ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and let it be for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily. This yields 2 servings.
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