“I took different kinds of shots; I took different kinds of medications,” Frances recalled. “The shots were giving me reactions, you know, getting sick every month and I had to try something, you know?”
That something was curcumin–a substance of the spice turmeric. Frances stopped using fancy medicines and last July started using curcumin.
“I was on a walker,” Frances said. “I had trouble walking and so I started taking it the first week and I left my walker and the second week I left my cane.”
Frances is a teacher’s assistant and one day while taking the kids on a walk in the park she was so happy she started running.
She said curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and there is good science to back it up.
“I do suggest my patients take curcumin,” Dr. Basarvaraju said. “It’s useful for you but I just can’t tell them what is the useful dosage.”
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Dr. Basarvaraju said patients always ask about alternative therapies; including curcumin. She said more research is needed to make it more easily absorbed and to learn more about proper dosage.
Research is now focused on cancer but curcumin is also believed to help fight Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and skin conditions like psoriasis and vitil
Dr. Basarvaraju said patients in cancer studies have easily tolerated 8,000 milligrams. Curcumin won’t hurt, but it may help.
“Some of the patients take them and says we’re feeling better,” Dr. Basarvaraju said. “It may be a placebo effect; some of them take it with a concoction of other things. I have a patient who has been taking that and she has actually quit taking her other rheumatoid medications.”
The warning label on the bottle we bought read “consult your physician before taking if you’re pregnant or nursing.”
Frances did her homework and doesn’t need a study tell her it works.
For her, curcumin is the alternative.
“I haven’t had no other kind of shots, pills other different kinds of medications, prescribed medicines,” Frances said. “God sent a supplement for my health.”