Whilst it may seem quick and easy to use pharmaceuticals to treat aches and pains, many of these commercially available drugs can have side effects when used long term.  If you are a sufferer of a long term or ongoing pain condition you have no doubt considered all the pain relief options.

Traditionally used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurveda medicine, turmeric has been shown to be an effective natural pain reliever, without any of the side effects of prescription medications.  Curcumin reduces inflammation and stimulates the body’s natural painkillers, providing relief from arthritis, menstrual cramps, indigestion, and muscle and joint pain. 

Sadly, almost 1 in 10 women in Australia suffer from a conditional called endometriosis (a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain, especially associated with menstruation) and whilst sometimes the symptoms are silent and untreated, the long term effects and complications can be devastating and painful. There are several ways to help treat and ease the condition and we are know learning that turmeric may be a great, natural therapy. A recent scientific review concluded that the active ingredient curcumin, found in a high quality turmeric, may have positive benefits on the prevention and treatment of endometriosis. Whilst the studies to date are predominately in vitro and animal based, and definitely more clinical trials need to be conducted, there is still sufficient evidence to suggest that the treatment of endometriosis with turmeric, helps reduces inflammation through the suppression of inflammatory cytokine expression, stops the invasion, attachment, and angiogenesis of endometrial lesions and works to lesson the inhibition of cell proliferation. Plus as mentioned above, the molecules within turmeric can also work to bring about pain relief for those suffering. 

 

SOURCES
Bharat B. Aggarwal1 and Kuzhuvelil B. Harikumar. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2009; 41(1): 40–59. Potential Therapeutic Effects of Curcumin, the Anti-inflammatory Agent, Against Neurodegenerative, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Metabolic, Autoimmune and Neoplastic Diseases
Arablou T and Kolahdouz-Mohammadi R. Biomedicine & PharmacotherapyVolume 97, January 2018, Pages 91-97. Curcumin and endometriosis: Review on potential roles and molecular mechanisms