Is Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs? Alternative medicine

Hi Guys,

I came across this interesting article today . Considering how strong a track record turmeric (curcumin) has, having been used as both food and medicine in a wide range of cultures, for thousands of years, a strong argument can be made for using curcumin as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment.

If it does have anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects, compares favorably to steroids,effective alternative to anti inflammatories (please read article for rest)

Could this help EM'ers in anyway? Anything is worth a try;)

Wishing you all a 'comfortable' night

God bless


Great article Mads. Thank you for sharing. I was so excited about the possibility of tumeric as an anti inflammatory med for myself and others taking coumadin/warfarin but it also interacts with the coumadin causing the blood to become too thin. I was so bummed because after reading the article it sounds very promising. Who knows maybe if I bring this to my doctor there may be some way to work around it. They were able to start me on aspirin and I wasn’t suposed to be able to take that.
Thanks again for sharing.
Take care,

Mads, thanks for this. Do any of these articles say how much turmeric you need to eat to be effective? We usually have curry once a week with a teaspoon or two of turmeric but I could build it into other foods if I knew how much to take!

Hi Guys,

This is exciting. Here is some evidence based research you can follow up and read.

RE: ingestion

You can take 'tumeric' as a powder or buy fresh - it looks like fresh ginger. Supplements as always -tablets, capsules, powder . You can have tumeric tea,facemasks ..... list is endless.

We automatically do think of food when we say turmeric so here are some recipes a Sjorgens member kindly gave me:

This link offers great site for research, tips etc.. if you wish to become more informed:

To summarise everything so you can get started lol!

-Turmeric - we mean 'curcumin' ,tumeric , per se, is not pure 'curcumin'

- Dosage needed - they suggest around or exceeding 1 gram per day. Pretty difficult to reach such levels just using the turmeric in your food as thats equivalent roughly to 1600mg twice a day with meals .

-Take an extract that contains significant amounts of 'curcumin' Most spices only contain 2%.

Quick tips:

-Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, so consume black pepper with it, which contains 'piperine'… a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000% .I am now swallowing a few small whole peppercorns along with my curcumin supplement, in order to enhance absorption ;).

- Curcumin is also fat soluble, so good idea to take it with a fatty meal. You all have excuses to go fry those chips and make yummy burgers ;). In the UK just hit the 'fish, chips and mushy peas ' !

Anyone interested can trial tumeric. Lets all see how we are in one month. Every little 'tool' helps!. Ill make a note to revisit post.

PS: dont forget tumeric stains hands, clothes yellow - so be warned ;)

Love it!

God bless

mads x

Alas, there is no real evidence that turmeric is as effective as is stated.

You can check here for the latest independent advice on turmeric: Medline is the site that your doctor is likely to check if they're thinking of trying a drug, so its advice is the best.

There is also a problem with getting enough turmeric to have something similar to the levels that were used in the scientific studies. As with any substance, whether it's "natural" or created by a drug company, you can get effects in the lab that don't translate to the real world. The levels studied wouldn't be equivenlent to a couple of teaspoons in a curry once a week, it would be like eating the stuff by the spoonful several times every day.

Finally, even where you could take enough turmeric, many people with EM find that the smallest amount of spices make their EM worse. I flare after even the mildest curry. Spices like turmeric were used in the cuisine of hot countries because they make the blood vessels open up, which would result in the person cooling down.

Thanks, starsmurf. Turmeric can also cause a lot of unpleasant GI symptoms. As always, check with your physician before experimenting with remedies like turmeric.