Saturday, 18 March 2017

Yet More Dosage Information About Turmeric (Curcuma) For Neuropathy

Today's post from (see link below) maybe should be taken with a pinch of salt (or in the case of turmeric (curcuma)...a pinch of pepper!). The claims for turmeric are becoming more exaggerated by the day. However, there's nothing wrong with turmeric and it can't do you much harm, so even if half the claims are even partly true, then you may be making a wise dietary move by including it in your daily supplementation for nerve pain. The article mentions adding pepper to your intake several times but doesn't really explain why this is necessary. Because turmeric will leave your system before you can blink, there has to be a binding agent for better absorption and in this case, pepper will do nicely. (There are other methods of improving absorption (see here) The article provides lots of useful information to stimulate further research but never blindly believe everything you read here. It may be true but then again it may not and healthy skepticism will always prevent disappointment. That said, the authors also provide warnings and general good advice about taking turmeric sensibly and as such, this is an interesting read that will fill in some of the gaps in your knowledge about turmeric (curcuma).

Turmeric Dosage For Neuropathic Pain
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Damage to nerves causes nerve pain. Nerve pain can be a symptom of various severe conditions such as diabetes mellitus, regional pain syndrome (RPS) exposure to toxins, traumatic injuries and cancer.

Impairment to the peripheral nervous system or central nerves system results in pain, this is called as neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathic pain is also called as nerve pain, sensory peripheral neuropathy or peripheral neuritis .

A nerve in the body sends sensation signals to the brain and alerts the brain to the danger.

In a person with nerve pain, the signaling system does not work precisely. Even when the pain is felt and the signal is received by the brain there is no evident cause .

Symptoms of Nerve pain include:
Difficulty in sleeping
Loss of balance

Benefits of Turmeric in Nerve/Neuropathic Pain

Turmeric relieves nerve pain in the following manner:

1.Turmeric serves as a good analgesic

2.Turmeric is useful in relieving numbness, tingling sensation and pain in hands or feet.

3.It has anti-nociceptive action- it relieves pain signals.

4.It benefits in diabetic neuropathy.


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Best Ways To Take Turmeric For Nerve Pain or Neuropathy

Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for Neuropathic Pain. Based on the studies and reader’s reports we have summarized various ways of taking turmeric which could benefit in this disorder.

The dosage depends in terms of the formulation and severity of the condition. Here is the recommended dose:

Fresh roots

Turmeric roots are a great addition to diet but the limited quantities we eat cannot exert a significant therapeutic effect in neuropathic pain.

Recommended intake: 1-3 g or ½ inch long piece of root sliced or chopped. You can also juice it and take it with a pinch of black pepper.

This can be a part of your fresh juices or taken individually as 30 ml thrice a day to curb pain. You can also make Golden paste from fresh roots.

Further Read – Is fresh turmeric better then powder?

Turmeric powder

If you are including turmeric powder in cooking then 1 tsp daily is sufficient. Always opt for good quality organic turmeric powder (How to identify organic turmeric, Recommended Turmeric brands)

However if you take turmeric powder straight with black pepper then it would be 1-2 g of turmeric powder with a pinch of black pepper.

In terms of teaspoon that would be 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper powder twice a day.

Start with small doses and increase gradually. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach. You can also make Turmeric capsules at home.

Maximum dose: 1 tsp of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper thrice a day

Golden Paste

Golden Paste combines heat, black pepper and healthy fats to increase the absorption of turmeric.

It is highly recommended to take this paste after/with meals and to avoid taking it close to other medications. (Read Does Turmeric cause acid reflux? Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interaction?) Here is the recipe.

You can also make Golden Paste from fresh roots.

Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose by ¼ teaspoon every week. Continue till reach a dose of 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).

Also if the pain is too severe you can consider splitting the dose and taking it in regular intervals. Or you may increase the dose.

This is the ideal dose of Golden Paste where you should experience relief. The ideal dose differs with every individual; some do fine on a small dose while some may need more.

Thinking of other ways to take Golden Paste read 10 ways to take Golden Paste

Maximum dosage: 1 table spoon 2-3 times a day only advised if you are comfortable taking it and not experiencing gastric side effects.

Turmeric tincture

Some individuals swear by turmeric tincture’s pain relief action. And it also skips the taste issue.

Take 10-30 drops 2-3 times a day depending on the condition. It can be added to teas, juices or smoothies.

Maximum dosage: 20-30 drops 3 times a day

Turmeric tea

This is a good option for tea lovers and who want to skip the taste of turmeric paste. Here is the recipe.

Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day

Turmeric Milk

This is just perfect when it comes to combating pain naturally. You can find the recipe here.

Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
Turmeric supplements

The recommended dosage for supplements is 300-400mg 2-3 times a day for standardized 95% curcumin extract.

However the dose would differ based on the formulation, hence it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

Avoid taking supplements on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines. Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.


Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Turmeric supplements should be taken with care. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)

If you are taking blood thinners, turmeric supplements should be avoided. Turmeric can be included in diet in small doses. If suffering from a bleeding disorder consult a doctor and herbalist or naturopath before taking turmeric.

Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.

Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gall bladder obstructions.

Turmeric may interact with certain medications like stomach acid reducing drugs, diabetes medications, blood thinners. Avoid taking turmeric supplements at the same time as medicines.

If suffering from gout or kidney stones, limit intake of turmeric as a spice. (Read Does turmeric cause kidney stones? Is turmeric safe in gout?)

Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.

If harrowed by turmeric stains here is how you can take care of them.

Turmeric has many medicinal properties such as anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory property which makes it efficient in treating the symptoms of neuropathic pain such as numbness or pain in hands or feet.

Turmeric is beneficial for patients suffering from neuropathic pain.

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