I have seen a great deal about turmeric recently and so began to read some of the research done. It seems that there's a long list of possible benefits of regular use of this spice, the most well-publicised being its anti-inflammatory properties. It could potentially help with a range of conditions, including neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases (Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2009; 41(1): 40–59.). There are numerous research papers around (Lelli D, Sahebkar A, Johnston TP, Pedone C. Pharmacol Res. 2017 Jan; 115:133-148. Epub 2016 Nov 22. and Shehzad A, Rehman G, Lee YS. Biofactors. 2013 Jan-Feb; 39(1):69-77. Epub 2012 Dec 22. are just two more). The wisdom and scientific credentials of curcumin in the Ayurvedic and Chinese systems of medicine have been corroborated by numerous studies and these observations are supported by data suggesting lower incidence of chronic diseases in people from countries where curcumin is consumed.
Inflammation plays a major role in most chronic illnesses so anti-inflammatory agents are needed for prevention purposes, however the steroids and NSAIDS that are usually used have side effects, especially when consumed over long periods of time.
Acupuncture is also thought to have a profound effect on reducing inflammation throughout the body, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kavoussi B, Ross BE. The neuroimmune basis of anti-inflammatory acupuncture. Integr Cancer Ther 2007; 6: 251-7, Zijlstra 2003; Zijlstra FJ et al. Anti-inflammatory actions of acupuncture. Mediators Inflamm 2003; 12: 59-69). So combining the regular use of turmeric or its extract and acupuncture treatment would appear to me to be the ideal way to combat some of our most debilitating diseases.
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