Turmeric and rheumatoid arthritis are corelated with each other when it comes to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. From ancient times in Asian countries like India turmeric has played a prominent role in treating the auto immune type of disease like rheumatoid arthritis. It is a staple ingredient that is found in every dish of these Asian countries. In Ayurveda turmeric is used to treat inflammation and some sort of pain that occurs due to this disease. According to some medical research it has been found that turmeric is a nature’s wonder, which has the ability to decrease or suppress the inflammation or swelling that has occurred due to rheumatoid arthritis and it also helps in the proper functioning of the liver. Not only that a yellow pigment called curcumin which is found in this turmeric helps in treating rheumatoid arthritis and some sorts of cancer. Curcumin has some anti oxidant property which suppresses the free radicals that are responsible for joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.
Turmeric and rheumatoid arthritis
Turmeric is a naturally occurring substance which is used as spice that flavors most Asian food items. According to some studies curcumin found in turmeric is compared with that of a non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (N S A I D s) called phenylbutazone. These drugs have several fatal side effects, so turmeric can well be used in place of these drugs in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the immune system of a person affects the person’s body cells as an alien. This concludes in affecting the synovial joints like hand, finger, knee, etc. But as these disease progresses it affects other body parts like the lungs, kidneys, eyes, heart, etc. As the disease in incurable in nature, steps as treatment are taken to suppress the further degradation of the disease. Turmeric has the property to provide relief from those symptoms. But it is advised to consult a rheumatologist before the use of turmeric as its treatment.
Properties and effectiveness of turmeric
Turmeric is a commonly found spice used in Asian countries to flavor the food items and is also used in dying the clothes. It is used in treating some disease like diarrhea, heart problem, lung problem, and some problem to kidney, but its effectiveness lies on treating rheumatoid arthritis due to presence of a yellow pigment called curcumin. According to a research published in 2006 showed that curcumin present in turmeric helped to prevent some sort of inflammation. Some research published in year 2007 showed that curcumin helps in the production of some hormone like substance that decreases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
Side effects of turmeric
According to some research it has been found that though turmeric is a natural ingredient but it has some side effect like diarrhea and nausea. Turmeric may cause effect to the uterus, if consumed by a woman during pregnancy. Patients who have bleeding disorder or some sort of gallbladder disease are advised not to consume turmeric. It also gets interacted with other drugs. Thus turmeric and rheumatoid arthritis can go along if some precaution is taken.