Turmeric trials for osteoarthritis
The 107 participants with primary osteoarthritis of the knee were randomised to receive either 2 g turmeric or 800 mg ibuprofen (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) per day for six weeks.
- Both groups’ pain levels when walking and when climbing stairs improved, as did their knee function.
- Those who took turmeric found that their pain when climbing stairs improved more than those who received ibuprofen.
- There was no difference in reported side-effects between the groups, and the most commonly reported were heartburn and dizziness.
- Those who received ibuprofen were better at taking their treatment than those who received turmeric.