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Turmeric as a Treatment?

Hey everyone! I was wondering if anyone here has used large amounts of turmeric as a treatment? I'm a fan of 'natural' treatments as much as possible and have heard great things about turmeric and ginger. If you have tried either of these holistic approaches (or another!), did you like it? Did you find it helpful or not? How did you take it? How often? I'm a huge fan of curry but I'm not sure if I could eat it every day.

jenko1972

@jenko1972

Hi I try and take a teaspoon of tumeric everyday also sprinkle linseeds on my cereal. Also take vit d 5000 iu everyday and follow swanks rules on diet. So far so good, I'm kinda of the principal if it's not gonna do me any harm I'll take it. Best wishes Neil

artisus

@artisus

Ha! A good philosophy to have. Thanks <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/jenko1972/' rel='nofollow'>@jenko1972</a>

Gav

@Gav

I tried using Tumeric to help with my tremors in my hand, it didn't seem to help and if anything, it just exacabated my negative thinking, not for me I'm afraid.

CaptainKristoff

@CaptainKristoff

I take turmeric every day, but in tablet form. I like the taste of it now and again but would gag if I had to eat it daily! It seems to have stopped my tingling and greatly reduced the spasms I get when tired and I've been taking it now for a couple of months.

artisus

@artisus

Thank you all for the replies! Perhaps worth experimenting with...

kiddiecarlos

@kiddiecarlos

This discussion inspired me to go to Natures Pharm and pick up some turmeric tablets. Also picked up something recommended to me by the lady that works there. Something called Lions Mane, supposed to be for nerves I guess. Has anyone heard of/tried it before?

lloyd

@lloyd

Turmeric is very good at reducing inflammation, which is a major cause of ms flare ups so yes it sure helps.

DJDsouza

@DJDsouza

I only take half a teaspoon of turmeric three times a day after eating (either in the food or with hot water and honey). Don't think tablets are worth it as you have less control over dosage plus, they are usually too strong and much more expensive. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22742420

chueykooh

@chueykooh

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/kiddiecarlos/' rel='nofollow'>@kiddiecarlos</a> I have heard of lions mane. The Chinese have used for medicinal purposes. It has very good antioxidant properties. But I'm not sure about anti-inflamatory effects. <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/artisus/' rel='nofollow'>@artisus</a> I have heard a lot of people are using tumeric for it's anti-inflamatory effects. I personally take ibuprofin for inflamation, but not as natural as tumeric it does seem to help a little with dizziness for me.

DJDsouza

@DJDsouza

<a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/artisus/' rel='nofollow'>@artisus</a> I don't think it's a treatment. In combination with other things it's a great help

chueykooh

@chueykooh

Yes, it is not a treatment for ms as DJ stated, just one of the many products that might help. Some of the new MS therapies coming out do have anti inflamatory effects as well as neuro protective effects to help reduce dammage caused by inflamation which they say is a large contributing factor to the damage caused by MS in RRMS patients. Progressive MS is considered to be more of a neuro degenerative disease and flare ups or exacerbations might not be present even though the disease still progresses.

smallbrowngirl

@smallbrowngirl

Me being Indian, probably makes me a little biased towards this subject. But my ancestors back in India, swear by it. It is used medicinally daily, when I first started using it over a yr ago, I started by mixing the powder form in some milk, it was ghastly & made me vom. So I then decided to buy tablet form, which you can purchase from most health/vitamin websites. I don't use it solely as treatment, but daily along side other supplements.

jat721

@jat721

I've heard good things, but I've also heard it increases the amount of stomach acid you produce. I have had issues with reflux before, so I haven't even looked further into turmeric. I remember learning in Anatomy in college that you don't want to mess around with acid reflux cause it can lead to cancer of your esophagus.

artisus

@artisus

Interesting, <a href='https://shift.ms/community/people/jat721/' rel='nofollow'>@jat721</a>, I hadn't heard that. Definitely something to keep in mind!

richi1990

@richi1990

i used turmeric for at least 6 months, but as i didnt see any different thing i stop taking. But heard from a lot of people with ms that it worked good. What i can tell is that i wont give any bad reaction, just maybe the stomach acid..

chueykooh

@chueykooh

I have been reading up on turmeric today and I was surprised to find out that it has been used as an antiseptic, antioxidant, antiinflamatory and also used to sooth the stomach. In addition to that it is also believed to hold anti-cancer properties. I think I am going to add this to my list of supplements, it seems like it couldn't hurt.

artisus

@artisus

Amen to that!

DJDsouza

@DJDsouza

To be honest, am not certain. Half a teaspoon of the powder and a teaspoon of honey helps me - you can look at the dosage of each capsule, but is cheaper and more flexible having the powder with a sweet addition

smallbrowngirl

@smallbrowngirl

I much prefer tablet form - yh it is expensive compared to the powered form u can buy. But I jst can't b arsed with all tht malarkey....shop around on the internet tho...my most recent purchase is from Just Vitamins and thy have free P&P... I watched the food hospital on TV last nite, new series, a really good watch and thy further pointed out that Turmeric has great anti-inflammatory properties

Jdd0310

@Jdd0310

Has there been any further research/development on how useful turmeric is for M.S.? I take a 720mg capsule every day, is this enough?

Denisa

@Denisa

Hello Jdd0310! I can only rely on my own experience with turmeric as I say it has helped me a lot. Have experienced hands-on its antiinflamatory effect. A few months ago I woke up with my optic neuritis bugging me a bit on my right eye. Got scared and rushed to the bathroom to see if I could wash it all away. After that I made the daily antiinflamatory tea I had been drinking for a few weeks untill then: - 200 mililiters hot water - 1/2 teaspoon turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon - 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder - 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar - 2 teaspoons raw honey I drank it and took my vitamins, waited about 1-2 hours and it all got better. The second experience with turmeric may be considered the results of my second MRI since diagnosis: the biggest lesions were gone, and overall, my brain looked... cleaner, so to speak! :)) Unfortunatelly, I don't think / know if they are testing turmeric effects on MS. All that we can do is keep taking it, because it does no harm. It helps with a lot of stuff. Hope my answer helped a bit. Have a lovely and easy day!

DJDsouza

@DJDsouza

@Denisa sounds good. Every morning I have a mango smoothie with half a teaspoon of turmeric in and some other beneficial herbs (I can't remember which!) Have a link somewhere for the snoothie, but forgotten where

DJDsouza

@DJDsouza

Here's one that's quite similar to @Denisa 's. Definitely think this is better than a tablet http://www.healthysmoothiehq.com/tasty-turmeric-smoothie

Denisa

@Denisa

@DJDsouza - so you have an orange color smoothie. Refreshing! :)) Sounds interesting. Will try with a bit of mango. In fact, I'll try a smoothie, as I drank it in tea :)) Hmm, I also eat 2 tablespoons / 2 teaspoons of chia seeds, depending on how I have them: - 1 tablespoon in an avocado and bacon salad / fruit salad and the second one in the salad / other meal I have for dintre; - 1 teaspoon chia + 1 teaspoon goji berries + 5 teaspoons of full fat greek yoghurt + 2 teaspoons raw honey (YUM!) :))

Denisa

@Denisa

@djdsouza - now i know what to buy the next time I'm going grocery shopping! :)) The smoothie sums up most of all my fav foods / ingredients. Will help me a lot when I will feel to lazy to cook! :)) Do try the tea I talked about, though. It's very nice also ;)

Tabbycat

@Tabbycat

I take it 3 times a day as a big part of MSESSENTIAL vitamin tablets which have kept me pretty healthy for the last two years.

bubblesgalore

@bubblesgalore

am pleased I found this post 3 years after it was started. I was diagnosed in 2012 and remembered reading that one of the members used turmeric. I remember trying it at the time and gagged too much for my liking so dropped it from my 'to do' list. anyway, rolling on 2015, my big bear of a dog has had tplo surgery. as I was anxious for him to receive a kinder medication, I found a group called turmeric user group on fb. I now make up a golden paste consisting of turmeric, water, crushed peppercorns and then coconut oil. my bear has been on it since January this year and normal recovery has happened. the point is, I also use it for my ms. I am aware that I have not been good of late, but I do believe the gp [golden paste] has helped me this year. due to the taste being quite disgusting other people have added other ingredients in helping them tolerate it without gagging. the one thing that is a no no is honey. interesting on that, as it appears that it has the reverse effect to what we are trying to do which is use it as an anti inflammatory. take a look at the group - im always amazed at at the diverse use from people to animals - big and small to us mere humans with all types of ailments. thankyou for listening and good luck. xx turmeric user group [fb] - all files on there are written by an Australian vet. they also offer advice with on going medication and whether it would be suitable for either a. our pets or b. us humans.

Stumbler

@Stumbler

Here's a link to the Turmeric Users Group for all you FB users :- https://www.facebook.com/groups/415313751866609/

bubblesgalore

@bubblesgalore

thankyou stumbler xx forgot that little pearler xx

KrisP

@KrisP

There's a good capsule you can get now for this Or the mssential vitamin has it I think? I've ordered a load of those now and only started them friday can't say I notice anything yet but then I wouldn't expect to as I'm not diagnksed yet so could be treating anything even though it looks like Ms

DJDsouza

@DJDsouza

am not a fan of the capsule as it seems over priced and less effective as the cooking powder. The capsule's affects don't seem to work til the tablet has passed through your stomach whereas the powder seems more immediate

DJDsouza

@DJDsouza

and i always add a teaspoon of honey for taste ;) (it sadly doesn't fix relapses :( )

bubblesgalore

@bubblesgalore

hiya DJDsouza, I think it was a post that you made back in 2012 about the turmeric. well I tried unsuccessfully I might add until I found the gp site. thankyou for putting that seed of info into my brain. I also read that you added honey into your mix. all I know is that the TUG site on fb is very much against using honey - there are notes on there as to the scientific reasons why. thankyou and hope that you're keeping well xx

DJDsouza

@DJDsouza

think i need to read up on that! thanks

bubblesgalore

@bubblesgalore

George1234 sorry I giggled at the post.. I so want it to be the scotch whisky that did it. but could it be the spices? although ms does exist in countries that use the spices in their cooking daily, it is a lower percentage than us westerners. I dunno? im using the gp and just wanted to share in the possibility that somebody who was newly diagnosed might consider it. wishing you well xx

bubblesgalore

@bubblesgalore

here here George or ching ching. so get it. sounds like a good night. xx

Denisa

@Denisa

@bubblesgalore You say honey can reverse the antiinflamatory effects of turmeric. You also say that there are mentions of studies concerning this contraindicated mixture... I would sure want to see those. But in copy/paste form, not send a link to be investigated, as I cannot believe that an antiinfalmmatory food like honey can have its opposite effect when combined with yet another antiinflamatory item suchas turmeric. For me, is like somebody will come up to me and say, "hey! did you hear that cabbage is actually a fruit!?". All the research I've done so far regarding turmeric point out that mixing it with honey (and lemon) makes up for a good antiinflamatory drink. I agree that there are other viewpoints, but they must be explained as you say them. I researched and I did not find any piece of information to support your claim. Please do help with some insights! A very nice day and lots of health!

bubblesgalore

@bubblesgalore

As the posts on fb are in link form I feel in this instance as there quite a few it would be easier to use the link to the site TUG - Stumbler gave the link above. There are many testaments of how wonderful this gp is, and you can see comments from the admin re the honey element. for me, the post is not meant to be controversial, just another element that perhaps people had not read up on. I have taken the comments made on this page and formed my own opinion, and its quite clear for this group that adding honey is a no don't do. I thought it was informative and am happy to share it, the debate for whether it works or not, or whether you believe it works or not, is I guess personal take care x

simone2

@simone2

Hi, I have been taking Turmeric for while, I take it in a milk shake with banana if you look on facebook there's lots information of how is the best way to take it.

TracyD

@TracyD

So that'll be me stopping for Turmeric and Coconut oil on the way home then :-)

Graham100

@Graham100

Yes I take in captsual form. Have been for a few months. Not sure if it helps but can't hurt. So will carry on till run out. Turmeric an curcumin.

PatOMS

@PatOMS

Since my Dx 2 months ago, I drink: - slices of fresh ginger - 1 tablspoon of turmeric powder - a few squeezes of lemon juice - black pepper - a little bit of honey infuse w/ hot water and let sit for 30 minutes. Yummy! It's awesome. From the studies I've read, very anti-inflammatory. A must drink for MS'ers. Super cheap....way cheaper than meds. What are you waiting for!!!!