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Re: Turmeric - suggestions for use

Posted by Larry Hoover on November 29, 2002, at 9:03:51

In reply to Re: Turmeric - suggestions for use, posted by bluedog on November 28, 2002, at 21:09:49

> Thanks for your suggestions Iso. I find this thread absolutely fascinating and particularly relevant to my situation because of my dodgy knees. I knew that turmeric had anti-inflammatory properties but I also did not know that it acted as a cox-2 inhibitor. Thanks for that info Larry. I have some more questions on turmeric
> 1.What would be the ideal dose be for an anti-inflammatory effect? One teaspoon, 2 teaspoons, a tablespoon? Is more better?

When you're dealing with natural products, there is no way to know the potency of any sample, a priori. I can only suggest you experiment.

> 2. Is it better to take multiple smaller doses spread out over the day or is it sufficient to take one large dose? or is it more a case of trial and error to see what works best for each individual?

My personal experience is that one dose of turmeric lasts 16-20 hours, substantially longer, in my experience, than any NSAID I've ever used.

> 3. Is it possible for turmeric to have a depressant effect? I have read scattered reports that the cox-2 inhibitors like Celebrex can have quite a powerful depressant effect for some individuals.

At the start of this thread, there was reference to turmeric having MAOI effects, though at very high doses. Again, close attention to effects of this intervention should tell you what the score is for you.

> 5. On the subject of internal bleeding, can too much turmeric produce this as a possible side effect? In other words does it have any cox-1 inhibitory properties?

Turmeric is being touted as a natural remedy for gastric ulcers. It seems to have a healing effect on gastric mucosa.

> thanks everyone
> bluedog
> By the way Iso, where I live snow never falls. The average winter daytime temperature is probably around 16-18 degrees (Centigrade) and 8-10 degrees (Centigrade again) is considered as "freezing" by us locals. Sometimes the temperature drops to -1 or 0 degrees (Centigrade) but NEVER during the day!

Jealousy induction! You bum! Two inches of snow, and still falling, as I type this.




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