Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Giving Turmeric to Children
- Sandy's Turmeric Compilation
- Turmeric Research and Info
- Turmeric Tea for Joint Pain
- Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Autoimmune Disorders, Skin Problems
- Best Types of Turmeric
- Bleeding Gums
- Buying Turmeric Capsules - Warning!
- Cold and Flu
- Curcumin Tablets
- Cuts and Wounds
- Cystic Acne
- Digestive and Intestinal Problems
- Digestive Issues
- Fresh Turmeric Vs. Powdered
- Gangrene, Gout, MRSA
- General Feedback
- Gum Disease
- How to Take Turmeric
- Joint Pain
- Kidney Cleanses
- Menstrual Cramps
- Multiple Cures
- Skin and Teeth
- Tumeric for Dogs
- Turmeric and DMSO
- Turmeric During Pregnancy
- Turmeric Feedback
- Turmeric Pill Ingredients
- Turmeric Recipes
- Turmeric Research
- Turmeric Side Effects
[YEA] 03/02/2007: Rose from Las Vegas: "i love your recipe for turmeric tea, i have many joint/bone pains from medicine i must take for breast cancer. So this tea has helped. I hope it will continue to relieve my symptoms when i have taken the tea for a longer time.. great site. thanks"
[YEA] 02/15/2007: Heather from DFS: "Ailment: Woke up one morning, my arm was almost limp, it hurt to pick it up, no strength, could not hardly pick up anything, felt like it was swollen inside. Went to doc, he put me on Vioxx, started taking them then heard of all the bad side affects, called a Naturopathic Doc, Doctor Charles Rouse, Columbus GA, he told me about several ingredients, including Turmeric, so I went to the health food store and bought REMEDY: Turmeric Special Formula because it had several of the items he mentioned I needed in it. I then made a tea of it, and put local tupelo honey in it drank it every day and in several days my symptoms were totally gone and has never came back, The only thing about taking a capsule and making in into a tea is there are granules left, you can either drink them or strain them, I drank them for a while, then I started straining them (do not boil the turmeric in the water, or you will lose some of it medicinal effects) boil or heat the water first then put the turmeric special formula in it like you would if you were making a cup of tea, add honey to taste, then drink it while it is warm, You can find the formula I sure several places but this is the brand I used http://vitanetonline.com/description/3802/vitamins/Turmeric-Special-Formula/."
[YEA] 02/03/2007: SuSu from Sacramento, CA: "After taking turmeric, 1/4 heaping tsp, and then stopping, I realized that the eczema on my palms had disappeared and then returned when I quit taking the turmeric. I resumed and it's been gone ever since."
[YEA] 09/08/2006: Ken from Holmdel, NJ: "Turmeric. 3/4 tsp 3x day and esp. before bedtime cures carpal tunnel pains and fitful sleep."
[YEA] 08/05/2006: Vandana from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India: "i tried taking powder of turmeric -- it has been a great thing for the skin and my menopause symptoms are going smooth. Turmeric is best of all the spices -- good for all the ailments basically inside the body and physically also."
[YEA] Jane : "I have essential thrombocythemia and am using turmeric to reduce platelet count with good results. As an added side effect, I have found that it reduces body fat. I take three 400 mg capsules three times a day. I find it best to take with food as it can cause minor stomach burning."Replies
02/26/2012: Ladyliza from Granada Hills, Ca replies: "My doctor's office called yesterday and told me to purchase Lumberkinase. No, I had never heard of it either. I have"sticky blood and type 2 diabetes, which I just got under control with tumeric and Glucose Optimizer. There is bitter melon in there. My blood has too much fibrin. Lumberkinase is made from earth worms.. Yes you heard me right. They are enzymes from the earth worm and they eat up the fibrinogen problem and cure the sticky blood. It will prevent thrombosis. It disolves blood clots naturally within a few hours.
Anyone who's doctor has recommended coumadin or warfarin should look into this."
Turmeric Pill Ingredients
07/29/2011: Larry from Fairfax, Va/usa: "For its variuos health benefits, I've been interested in taking Tumeric (curcumin) in capsule form, but found I was allergic to it. But, recently found a particular Tumeric capsule that I am not allergic to and find that it seems to minimize inflammation due to a lower disk problem. The recommended dose is 1 capsule with food per day. I would like to possibly take 2 capsules per day. Does anyone have experience with taking more than the recommended dose of 1 cap/day?
Here's a description of the product (without indicating a brand name or manufacturer):
Each capsule contains 400 mg. Of the following -
(Curcuma longa)25:1 extract (root)std. to 95% total curcuminoids ComplexWith Essential oils of Turmeric Rhizome by HPLC (380mg)
This 400 mg product is said to be equivalent to 2772 mg of a typical 95% curcumin extract based on its improved absorption.
Is anybody familiar with the Turmeric product I described? If so, your comments including the use of more than 1 capsule per day would be greatly appreciate. Also, comments about the health benefits you derived from using such a Turmeric product would be of interest."Replies
[NAY] 09/09/2011: Jenny from Birmingham, Great Britain replies: "I had been taking the same capsules as Larry - 1 a day and the first time I took them, I had terrible diarhoea. I stopped and did a bit of liver flushing more mildly. Then I resumed taking them. My RA and Osteo arthritis pain increased after a week or so. I stopped them and gradually my pain reduced. I waited a long while and started taking them again. I have been taking them for 2 and a half weeks and there is pain all over my body. I don't know if it is the turmeric essential oil. Perhaps it is too strong. I will stop taking them now. I will go back to Boswellia with curcumin. That product worked. After two months my pain decreased wonderfully and there was no general all over pain like there is with this product. It was an expensive waste of time. Jenny UK"
[WARNING!] 03/23/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx: "Check out this link. there are tainted turmeric supplements killing people in scandanavia. http://www.nutraingredients.com/Regulation/Tainted-turmeric-supplements-linked-to-Scandinavian-deaths/"Replies
03/23/2009: Dianna from Austin, tT replies: "yep! i've never bought turmeric in capsules because usually there are other things in them!
the powder is usually much fresher too and you can buy the root! can you imagine the smelly yellow mess - LOL believe me - your cutting board will never be the same again :)"
03/30/2010: Karen from Lawrenceburg, Ky replies: "About the post of Turmeric being tainted, I wanted to know, I buy mine from a seller on EBAY, so could this information possibly apply to his product? I buy turmeric powder. I have noticed since I've been having it, I've had stomache aches pretty bad, and I literraly never got them before. I hope I'm not getting a bad product, if anyone has any help, let me know. I don't think asking the seller about it will help, since he'll probably deny it. ~Karen"
07/21/2008: Earth Clinic : "If you decide to buy turmeric capsules, please read all the ingredients on the packaging! We recently bought a bottle Turmeric Curcumin at the chain GNC for $21.99 (gulp!) because so many of our readers mentioned buying capsules instead of powder in the spice section of a grocery store for $3-$4. We got the bottle home and inspected it more. We were quite dismayed to see Dicalcium Phosphate and Maltodextrin listed as "Other Ingredients". Reported side effects of Malodextrin are bloating and headaches. The caveats and side effects of Dicalcium Phosphate are reported here: http://www.superglisodin.com/dcp.html.
Wikipedia's official opinion is the same:
"Our position appears to be contrary to the majority of manufacturers and distributors of nutritional products. our decision is based on research and years of experience watching results of dietary supplement intake on hair mineral analysis reports. The Origin of DCP Mined from deposits within the earth's crust, calcium phosphate is known by many synonyms such as "lime," "hardware lime," "calcium lime" or "dolomite." Mixed samples of the substance may have a high percentage of impurities imbedded in them which may be harmful."Replies
01/11/2010: Anon from Brazil replies: "Be VERY suspicious of Wikipedia! It's a great starting point for research, but it's already tainted.
One example: natural treatments for AIDS or anything that questions the role of HIV in AIDS. If you look at the edit history, you can see that anything that is not mainstream is immediately removed. You can also see that AIDS articles uses tactics such as name calling and personal attacks, which is typical of people that cannot hold up an open discussion free of bias, and can only defend non-sense dogma. After all, you can't attack the issue, then you have to attack the person."
01/11/2010: Anonymous from Springfield, Ohiyamaude replies: "It seems that the Wikipedia page for Dicalcium Phosphate no longer has any information reguarding it's reported side effects. Perhaps someone doesn't want us to know of it's potential danger? It always, and I mean always causes problems for me. No more vitamins in pill form for me thank you very much.
I would love to see someone put some credible, cited information about it's safety for human consumption on Wikipedia..and see how long it lasts up there. In fact, I urge all of you to contribute. Let's take back our right to free, open information!""
01/01/2011: Al Thompson from Torrance, California replies: "Turmeric/curcumin should be fortified with black pepper. Why black pepper? see below. I won't say my product name to respect the integrity of this Q&A, but I have some first-hand insight to offer on "other" ingredients on the GNC label and the effectiveness of turmeric (in general) for many ailments/disorders...
Re: The "Other" ingredients on the GNC label of Turmeric was probably only a few mg and was probably used for packaging (for packaging machine lubricity, getting the capsules full). My Turmeric/black pepper product also has a few mg of rice powder and a few mg of another approved ingredient to make sure the caps are full (and tight) after the exact mg of turmeric and black pepper has been reached per capsule.
The BEST Turmeric should be Turmeric (curcumin) fortified with Black Pepper. Turmeric does not absorb into the body well. Black pepper significantly improves bioavailibity (absorption) of the turmeric and other nutrients into the body. TRUE STORY: My sister has been hand-packing turmeric fortified with black pepper for over four years. I tried her formula Turmeric/black pepper about a year ago. I actually felt better and had noticeably more energy within 3-4 days.
The key to optimize the effectiveness of turmeric is the black pepper's bioavailavility. Black pepper also has its own health benefits. Turmeric is THE Super Supplement, a Super Herb. Turmeric (curcumin) has more health benefits than any other (single) natural herb on the planet. Google "turmeric health benefits" and "turmeric & black pepper health benefits" and learn more about India's "Super Herb" for over 4,000 years."
03/17/2011: Jason from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Watch out for getting any of your health information from Wikipeda. It is biased against natural remedies and anyone who adocates them first over drugs. Wikipedia is not a credible source for anything truly health related.
And by the way, stay away from the real quack himself Stephen Barrett, "MD" of Quackwatch.com. Stephen Barrett, MD, the infamous "quackbuster" has been heavily touted by the AMA, FDA and FTC, AARP and numerous other organizations with ties to the medical and pharmaceutical cartels. Over the years, Barrett has savaged many practitioners of alternative, complementary, integrative and holistic medicine, especially chiropractors. He was also outspokenly critical of two-time Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling.
Barrett calls himself a retired psychiatrist. However, in a 2007 court proceeding in Allentown, Pennsylvania, under heated cross examination, attorney Carlos Negrete exposed the fact that Barrett had never actually practiced psychiatry and had not even passed his credentialing exam."
03/20/2012: Dawna from Platte, South Dakota replies: "Turmeric with black pepper: if making a cup of hot chocolate as suggested, can someone suggest the ratio of turmeric powder to black pepper? Thanks, Dawna"
05/21/2012: Rashid from Orange County, Ca replies: "The ratio of black pepper to turmeric. Just add a pinch, like you might sprinkle on soup or an egg. So for a teaspoon of turmeric, you would add just a 100th of one spoonful of pepper... VERY small amount."
11/16/2012: Fetcna from Hampton Roads, Va, Us replies: "I started taking a little less than 1/3 of a tsp of Turmeric in a cup of hot water yesterday, and I felt great after the first cup. But then I took it again in the evening, and this morning, and it just makes me sleepy now. I'm hoping it is the start of detoxing. Or am I taking too much?"
06/03/2013: Wendy from Raymore, Missouri, United States: "I found a way to take tumeric that I think is yummy. I warm some almond milk on the stove, pour into a mug, add 1/2 tsp. Turmeric, a dash of pure ground cinnamon and 2 drops vanilla extract and drink before bedtime. It tastes like custard."
01/31/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn: "Hi Deirdre, Haven't been on EC much lately but have been finding things of interest to EC'ers. Here's one on Curcumin.
The section on Alzheimer's could prove to be a Godsend, because it reads that it does both prevent and reverse the damage in the brain. Couple this with niacin and vitamin C therapy and it should be a winner and all relatively cheap. With the right information and access to the nutrients needed (which is why it is so important to fight the FDA placing the Codex Alimentarius on us) we can outsmart those who would reduce our numbers.
If anyone wants information on where to obtain the turmeric (I think my 3 or 4 lb bag was in the $5-6 range). For those of you who don't like drinking healthy but foul tasting stuff, you can obtain empty capsules and fill them yourself. The filling equipment is usually available from the same ones who have the empty caps for sale."
02/01/2010: Peter from Chicago, Il replies: "Hi Joyce,
Welcome back ! What is your opinion that oil is needed in order for the tumeric to be absorbed in the body?"
02/02/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Peter from Chicago, I don't have a definite answer to your question, but putting our heads together to work this problem out.
I have read that curcumin is fat soluble rather than water soluble, so we won't waste time belaboring the fact or fiction of this statement. However, logic tells me that the curcumin has to be absorbed in our body for it to work its magic for us. Logic also tells me that if we take it with our meals there is most likely going to be enough fat in our stomach and digestive systems to utilize the curcumin. If you take it at times when you don't eat you might want to take a teaspoonful of EVO, EV coconut oil or even eat an half an avocado (another healthy fat) along with the curcumin. Most likely the ingestion of this small amount of healthy fat along with the curcumin would be sufficient to trigger the release of bile to digest the fat, carrying the curcumin along with it to be absorbed in our digestive tracts.
If you are using the curcumin externally as some of the EC family mentioned (on boils, etc), I would definitely use an oil to mix it with before applying it since it is oil soluble and is not likely to do its magic until you get it in a condition that the transdermal method can use to absorb it.
If any of our EC family who sings curcumin's praises after using it can shed any enlightment on this question, I am sure we would all be glad to hear it, especially if the above logic is different than what they experienced.
I also have a question for the rest of the EC family. Have any of you experienced a change in the color of your urine while using curcumin? For some reason or other, my urine changed color after using curcumin. If any of you are familiar with pyridium, a drug that ends the pain of bladder/kidney infections, the color was very similar to the color of the urine of someone who is taking pyridium!"
02/03/2010: Rena from Mineral Bluff, Georgia, Usa replies: "Hi Joyce From Joelton,
I hope others chime in but I'll be happy to give you my experience with turmeric. Being such a strong color, I was expecting my urine and/or stools to turn yellow, but they do not. Everything is normal in color. I Have even taken as much as 8, "00" in a day (capping my own) and still no change in color. I also hope to hear from others now I'm curious, Peace, Rena."
02/03/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Thanks, Rena from Mineral Bluff.
I vaguely remember reading somewhere that turmeric in the presence of something turned ruby red, but I can't remember what that presence was and I can't find it again. If anyone read the same thing and can remember what it was, please share with us. The color my urine changed to was very close to that of pyridium - close to florescent orangeish-red."
07/30/2010: Quiltartist from Gualala, California replies: "Three days ago I started 400mg curcumin and my urine is an orangish rosey color. I called the supplier and they'd never heard of this effect. Glad to have come across this comment. I've never had blood in my urine, but this doesn't strike me as looking like what I think that would look like. And it coincides with my having started this supplement. When you open a capsule and mix the content in water you notice the water turns golden, but there is granular material that doesn't dissolve and it is a vermillion color. I'll discontinue taking the product a few days to be sure that's what this color change is, but it has dramatically helped my costal chondritis, so I'll resume. Don't care what color my urine is as long as the cause of the change is harmless."
08/21/2011: Mimi from Abu Dhabi, Uae replies: "It seems Bicarbonate of soda has that effect. I was applying a paste of Turmeric and castor oil on my face for acne and wiping it off with cotton pads soaked in bicarbonate of soda. Found that this turned the pads bright red!"
01/18/2012: Debra from Arlington, Tx, Usa replies: "Responding to Joyce from Joelton, TN
I had found and watched this video a few months back. Might not explain your symptom but will explain color change using turmeric.
Turmeric Side Effects
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/20/2013: Stac3y from Allentown, Pa: "I just wanted to share two side effects I have had in trying to use turmeric orally. The first is severe constapation. I would imagine this might benefit someone with Crohn's or IBS, but I definately have a problem.
The second is that it causes my face and scalp tend to break out. After two days, it feels like my face is falling apart with acne. I've tried turmeric on and off again at least six times, and this happens everytime. This happens with just 500 mg a day, so a relatively small amount. I know a lot of people have been trying this for acne, but it tends to make things much, much worse for me.
For some people, the other benefits might be worth the side effect, but it's a bit too much for me, which is disappointing, as I really wanted to like this herb.
FYI: I eat a healthy, low-gluten, low fat diet that incorporates several gentle cleansing herbs daily, so I do not think this is a detox reaction."Replies
08/20/2013: Ed2010 from Canada replies: "Try cooking grade grocery store turmeric powder. Don't use the capsules. Start from a quarter teaspoon.
In South India, some women used to apply turmeric in their face and body during their bath. But it is a different turmeric variety exclusively for applying in skin. Of course, cooking variety of turmeric powder can also be applied on the skin.
I agree some people experience the rash when applying turmeric on their skin. May be because if they rince with soap directly with applied turmeric, as soap reacts with turmeric. Better idea is, cleanse with water and then wash with soap.
When taking internally, try food grade turmeric. Good Health"
08/20/2013: Kt from Usa replies: "I read that 1/2 tsp of turmeric will cause constipation. Try 1/4 tsp with 1/8 tsp ginger."
08/20/2013: Sandra from Australia replies: "Maybe you are having side effects with Tumeric because it is releasing toxins through your skin. Don't be so quick to say it didn't work because it sounds as though it was working. Toxins needs a way to get out and skin is one way."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/21/2013: Gurlith from Puttaparthi, A.p. India: "I saw the idea of turmeric for weight loss and followed the suggestion on 1/2 teaspoon turmeric in water. It was just before 10 am, about an hour later my heart start beating very violently and I felt so unwell, like very high bloodpreasure, or if I had taken a lot of coffeine. All night I suffered till 5am then I drank a big glass of water and walked a bit and slowly it calmed down. Anybody know what happened?"Replies
01/21/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Gurlith, maybe it was something else, not the turmeric. You seem to be from India so I suppose you eat turmeric often, so it might not be the turmeric that gave you that reaction."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/08/2013: Saved But Still Battling from Baltimore replies: "Gurlith, Hi. I am having a similar reaction and I know it was the tumeric. I took 1 teaspoon three times in one day with almond milk and a sprinkle of pepper. The next day I took 1 teaspoon the same way. By 2:00pm I started experiencing fatigue and then muscle pain, diahhrea, constipation and felt wretched. I saw that Gavin ( a frequent poster) mentioned that too much tumeric can cause symptoms similar to mild chemo. And that's definitely how bad I feel. That was Sunday and it's Monday evening and I still feel pretty rough. I couldn't even go in to work today. Drinking distilled water and hope to be better soon. I wanted to reply to Gavin's post (from 2011 I think) but couldn't find it. No offence to tumeric, I'm still going to use it... once I recover, but scaling way back to like 1/2- 1tsp 3x/wk. FYI I'm female age 43, 110lbs. Best wishes everyone."
07/06/2012: Nm from Houston, Tx, Usa: "I am curious where Timh got the info regarding 'Turmeric possibly being contraindicated for people who have liver problems because it boost phase 1 enzymes but inhibits phase 2' ?
I'm asking because in an article from the book, "A Natual Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health" regarding detoxification, it states, and I'll quote it to keep it straight, "The common spice turmeric, found most commonly in curry powder, slows down phase 1 while egging on phase 2, an effect that can help to move toxins more quickly through the two phases. This may explain turmeric's powerful anticancer properties. " I believe the book was written by holistic doctor(s).
It appears these two opinions to be opposite, which is common, but I'm hoping there is just some misinterpretation. I have recently started using turmeric and find it works beautifully, so I have recommended it to others, but if maybe it's not so good for some people, I'd like to know where the information came from so people can do their own research.
Thank you, and thanks to EC for such a great resource that has contributed significantly to better health for me & everyone!
07/07/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Nm, you are correct; my apology for the mistake. The flavanoid Curcumin from the spice Turmeric inhibits phase 1 detox but agonizes phase 2.
From The Encyclopedia Of Natural Medicine 2nd Ed. here is a list of other compounds that inhibit phase 1, so it might not be a good idea to combine 2 or more of these without causing some problems.
Benzodiazepines, antihistamines, cimetidine, ketoconazole, sulfaphenazole, naringenin (from grapefruit), curcumin (from turmeric), capsaicin (from red chili pepper), eugenol (from clove), aging, toxins from bacterial overgrowth in intestines.
Thanx again for the correction."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/26/2011: Deepthi S Kumar from Kannur, Kerala, India: "I am using Turmeric powder with honey for my cough and astama for last two months. My cough as well as my astama has very much subsided. However, I have developed mouth ulcers and stomach feels always bloated. Now I am taking B complex for mouth ulcers. I strongly believe the mouth ulcers are formed due to consumption of turmeric powder as my husband aslo has doveloped the same after using turmeric powder. This is for the information of all readers of earth clinic. Deepti."Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 06/19/2012: Anndee from Mumbai, India replies: "I too have been facing the same problem. Today is my second day of having turmeric in warm water and I find the side of my tongue is hurting due to an ulcer. I am having turmeric to cure the recurring boil problem that I have been having since last two years.. I have one painful boil each month and it takes 10-12 days to go away completely, just to come up again, in and around the same area, the next month.. Please help!!!"
06/19/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Anndee, put your turmeric in an empty capsule and swallow it that way with water. I add a drop of black pepper to the capsules as they say it absorbs better with the pepper, but just a few grains."
06/20/2012: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Deepthi and Anndee, what I find is that you are taking Turmeric in the raw form, so surely it will give you the reaction what you are having. Please try taking it with the food, for example you can have even one table spoon of it in your Oats breakfast. While cooking your oats you can put a banana, turmeric and after it is cooked you can put some honey. It will not give you any reaction. Baldev"
06/20/2012: Babe from Grand Forks, N. Dakota replies: "To get rid of boils try A & D ointment. Put it on the boil and cover with gauze. It takes 24 hours."