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Can Turmeric Help Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

As well as being used in cooking, turmeric can also be used to treat fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Find out more in our blog.

 

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are both chronic conditions, which cause great pain and major discomfort for sufferers. Fibromyalgia is known for causing widespread pain, as well as a whole host of other debilitating symptoms, such as increased sensitivity to pain, muscle stiffness, problems with memory and concentration, also known as ‘fibro-fog’, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and much more. Also extremely debilitating, chronic fatigue syndrome is characterised by extreme tiredness that doesn’t disappear with rest and cannot be explained by an underlying medical condition. Both conditions are incurable, however, can be treated either naturally or through prescribed medication. In order to better understand fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, medical experts from around the world have carried out various studies in order to learn more about the potential treatments available to sufferers. As a result, it is understood that turmeric, a spice regularly used in Indian, Thai and Moroccan cuisines, can be used to treat symptoms of both chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. In this blog, we explain more.

Turmeric is a yellow spice popular in most households, often used in cooking to provide an aromatic flavour and vibrant colour. As well as its tasty and colourful properties, turmeric has also long been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, as it contains curcumin, a compound which is known to offer several health benefits, which are said to alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, as it works in the same way as a pain reliever and can be useful in fighting inflammation.

Although there is existing research on the use of turmeric/ curcumin to treat symptoms of painful conditions, further studies need to be conducted in order to understand exactly what the benefits are.

What experts do know about turmeric is that the spice is known to be the following:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-viral
  • Digestive aid
  • Topical antiseptic

In the past, it has been used as a treatment for multiple ailments, including the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer in order to prevent the spread of tumors
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Eczema
  • Gallbladder function
  • Heartburn
  • High cholesterol
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Kidney stones

Much like every other medication or treatment, there are potential side effects, which can be caused by the consumption of turmeric, including the following:

  • Stomach upset
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea

If you suffer with either fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome and would like to trial turmeric to see if it has a positive effect in the treatment of your symptoms, then the best way is to incorporate it into your diet. To do this, it may be useful for you to research into the various recipes that include turmeric as an ingredient. To help you make a start, check out this article for seven easy turmeric recipes that you can make at home. Turmeric is widely accessible by all and is stocked at all major supermarkets, so you shouldn’t have any problems adding it to your collection of herbs and spices. Before trialling turmeric, however, we would recommend that you discuss it with your doctor first. As discussed above, there are potential side effects associated, so it is best to weigh up the pros and cons first with someone who knows your specific case in great detail.

2 responses to “Can Turmeric Help Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?”

  1. Sounds a great reason to try some different cuisine. I’ll have to ask my partner though to cook these recipes as I’ve been having some bad fibromyalgia flare ups lately. But I’m sure I’ll find the energy to eat some new nice tasting turmeric dishes. Anything what helps is well worth a try .

    • Absolutely, Martin. We hope this helps to relieve your symptoms. Please let us know how you get on and which recipes you have decided to try.

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