The Reason Why Turmeric Is a Better Option Than Ibuprofen for Pain Relief

Recently, there have been many studies that investigate the benefits and compounds of turmeric.

The benefits of these compounds come from their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant potential and their ability to help the body maintain homeostasis. When it comes to turmeric’s content, the most powerful compound is the active ingredient curcumin.

Studies have proven that curcumin is more effective than Celebrex (celecoxib) in relieving arthritis pain, for instance. It possesses antiviral, antioxidant, and antifungal properties, and it hinders the function of molecules that participate in the inflammation process as it’s high in natural pain-relieving COX-2 inhibitors.

The enzyme COX-2 creates the fatty acids prostanoids which mediate inflammatory reactions.

Also, it targets chronic inflammation from an everyday metabolic oxidation, post-surgical inflammation, and local site inflammation from a minor cut or injury. What’s more, it’s natural and non-toxic for people so it doesn’t cause any side effects, unlike the prescription drugs.

Curcumin relieves inflammation by reducing the levels of histamine and stimulating the production of the body’s natural pain and inflammation reliever – cortisone. It helps relieve the pain from many health conditions.

Turmeric Can Help Relieve the Pains Related to:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gallstones and kidney stones
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ulcers
  • Gout

Scientific Studies

In 2009, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a clinical trial which claims turmeric is an effective natural alternative to Ibuprofen when it comes to treating knee osteoarthritis.

According to a Lancet review, the popular painkiller Ibuprofen increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, similar to the banned drug Vioxx. On the other hand, here’s the all-natural turmeric which is not only affordable but also a safe and time-tested painkiller.

The 2009 study investigated the safety and efficacy of Curcuma domestica extracts for relieving knee osteoarthritis pain. There were 109 participants, all with knee osteoarthritis. Some of them took 2,000 mg of curcumin extracts and others 800 mg of ibuprofen every day for 6 weeks.

The results showed that there’s no significant difference between the two types of treatment. All participants experienced the same knee pain relief.

In 2014, a follow-up trial investigated the effects of 1500mg of turmeric extract and 1200 mg of ibuprofen for four weeks in 367 patients with knee osteoarthritis. Once again, researchers proved that the turmeric is as effective as the popular painkiller.

However, those who took ibuprofen reported stomach pain and other side effects.

The participants had to walk for 100 m, climb stairs, and do other basic movements so that researchers can assess the outcomes.

The turmeric powder was obtained by grinding dried rhizomes of Curcuma domestica. Then, ethanol was used to extract the powder which evaporated at low temperatures to give ethanolic extracts which contain curcuminoids and oil.

Next, researchers removed the oil part to obtain the curcuminoid extracts. Finally, each capsule of Curcuma domestica extracts included 250 milligrams of curcuminoids.

How to Make Turmeric Tea for Pain Relief


  • 2 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 1-inch ginger root, minced
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemongrass tea bag
  • 6 peppercorns (optional)
  • A little sea salt


Once you boil the water, add the turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt, and peppercorns if you like. Simmer on a medium to low heat for around 10 minutes. Then, add the lemongrass teabag and let it steep for three minutes. Next, remove the teabag and transfer the tea in a mug. Enjoy!

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