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Turmeric Beats Ibuprofen for Arthritis of the Knee

An exciting new clinical trial published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed that an effective natural alternative to the exceedingly popular pharmaceutical painkiller ibuprofen exists for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and it is a familiar kitchen spice known to be far superior both in safety and the number of side benefits it confers to any drug in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug class.

Effectiveness of Turmeric Versus Ibuprofen
In the clinical trial published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 109 patients with arthritis of the knee were randomly divided into two groups. One group received 800 mg of ibuprofen, while the other group received 2,000 mg of turmeric. The interventions were provided in divided doses every day for six weeks. Researchers evaluated the pain experienced by the participants during level walking and going up a flight of stairs as well as assessed knee function through noting the time spent in accomplishing the two activities.

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