Curcumin as Effective and Better Tolerated vs Diclofenac for Knee Osteoarthritis
I have recently shared two posts on the downside of using NSAIDS pain and inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Motirin and Advil) and Dicolfenac.
In the first one, I shared the updated current PEACE and LOVE strategy for treating acute injuries that no longer includes the use of pain and inflammation medications such as NSAIDS such as ibuprofen (i.e. Motrin), aspirin and Diclofenac because while they may help the injury feel better we now know they actually slow down and impairs the long term healing.
In the second one, I shared how the regular use of NSAiD’s cause imbalances in your gut microbiome leading to inflammation, immune disorders and other health issues.
This blog posts makes it strike three for NSAD’S as new research shows that natural remedies are not only just as effective but are much better tolerated for managing the pain and disability of knee osteoarthritis (OA). This is big as knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the fourth leading cause of disability effecting 15% in the population above 60 years of age causing pain and immobility effecting the ability to be active and enjoy life!
The most common recommendations offered by Western Medicine to relieve the pain and improve physical movement is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). But as mentioned not only does this cause a worsening of the problem over time but can significantly effect your core health.
The purpose of this study, published in the journal BMC Trials, was to compare the efficacy and safety of the herbal formula of curcuminoids with essential oil of turmeric to increase bioavailability with those of diclofenac for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
139 patients with knee OA were randomly assigned to receive either a curcumin 500-mg (BCM-95®) capsule three times daily or a diclofenac 50-mg tablet two times daily for 28 days. Patients underwent assessment at baseline and days 7, 14, and 28 with the main outcome measure being the severity of pain.
At days 14 and 28, patients receiving curcumin showed similar improvement in severity of pain and when compared with diclofenac.
But here is the really good part…
The people who received curcumin experienced less intestinal gas, lost weight and none of them required H2 blockers while more than 25% of those on Diclofenac required anti-acid H2 blockers for treatment of stomach burning.
Overall, curcumin showed similar improvements in pain, stiffness, symptoms, functions of daily living, sports or recreational activities, and quality of life but demonstrated better tolerance. In addition, to inhibiting the anti-inflammatory COX-2 curcumin provides many other health properties that weren’t evaluated such as antioxidant, immune support, brain enhancement, liver detoxification and more.
So if you have knee pain, skip the NSAIDS and choose an effective and much healthier option.
An herbal formula with a high-quality curcumin extract and for an even better response find one combined with two other effective herbs, boswellia and andrographis paniculata