Many of the 10 million Americans suffering from widespread muscle pain due to fibromyalgia look for non-prescriptions options for pain relief.
As a physician with fibromyalgia myself, I want to share with you the most effective natural options that I include in my own pain relief “toolbox,” which includes anti-inflammatory herbs, topical creams, and a unique form of massage that breaks up painful muscle knots. Spicy yellow goodness Ginevra Liptan, MD Turmeric roots are dried and ground into a spicy orange powder that has been used as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever for hundreds of years in India. More recently researchers have called curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, the “herbal ibuprofen.” [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7390600/ ]
One study found that curcumin was actually more effective at reducing pain and swelling in arthritic joints than anti-inflammatory medications.[http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.4639/abstract;jsessionid=A768F9AF39A7EE0BC525EC80EC1A6861.f04t04 ]
While adding turmeric as a spice to foods tastes good, it has to be eaten in pretty large quantities to get a medicinal effect as our gut does not absorb it well. The maximum pain relief effects are usually found with supplements that contain curcumin optimized for absorption (such as curcumin phosphatidylcholine complex). Although curcumin is much safer than anti-inflammatory medications, […]