Does turmeric alleviate osteoarthritis symptoms in adults?
EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER Turmeric (curcumin) improves knee osteoarthritis pain slightly more than placebo, an effect similar to ibuprofen, diclofenac, and glucosamine (SOR: A, meta-analysis of RCTs). Turmeric in combination with Boswellia may be as effective as celecoxib for improving knee osteoarthritis pain, tenderness, walking distance, crepitus, swelling, and range of motion (SOR: C, small RCT).
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Bieber, N. Hansen, S. E., Careyva, B. (2018, July). Does turmeric alleviate osteoarthritis symptoms in adults?. Evidence-Based Practice, 21(7), E6-E7. doi: 10.1097/01.EBP.0000545202.27817.ce.
Department of Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine Faculty