Turmeric & Ginger

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Turmeric & Ginger

Posted by Ramrod on 23rd September 2012 08:09PM

Three years ago I suddenly developed a swollen feeling in my right thumb which quickly spread to my knees and wrists. Then I also developed parasthesia (tingling) in my fingers.
I didn't know what it was and it became so bad that I couldn't bend my knees past 90ยบ.
GP?blood tests?nothing found
Rheumatologist?more blood tests+nerve conduction studies?nothing found?informed that I was suffering from Fibromyalgia (in spite of it not really fitting my symptoms)
It was puzzling because I felt that my joints were inflamed but all blood tests for inflammation were negative.
Went back to GP?at a loss?more blood tests?nothing found?no treatment.
Stress/worry?lost 1 stone in weight.
Anyhow, after a few months of changing my diet to practically vegan (to see if I could change my symptoms) I noticed that if I ate raw ginger (grated into my food) my joint symptoms disappeared within minutes.
I researched ginger and inflammation on medline and found articles like these:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22489648
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20376296
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21031618

This lead me to research further and I found that turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21120596 :showing that turmeric is even more effective than ginger in decreasing inflammation
More turmeric research:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22996381
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22498762
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21369559
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18324353
etc.....

Round that time I developed an itchy, scaly patch of skin on my left antero-lateral calf and then more patches like it on my calves and shins. It swiftly progressed to my nether regions and my face.
I quickly realised that the patches were psoriasis and that the joint symptoms were psoriatic arthritis (which is usually not demonstrated on blood tests, as in my case)
I asked my GP to refer me to a different Rheumatologist (as the first one obviously couldn't diagnose his way out of a paper bag) and had my diagnosis confirmed.
2nd Rheumatologist?steroids+steroid cream
Me?(thinks) no way am I taking steroids unless I have to?going to 'take' turmeric and ginger; see if it helps.
Fast forward two years on & I have been on a daily intake of juiced ginger & turmeric and have no psoriasis and hardly any arthritic joint symptoms.
I strongly urge you all to give my 'diet' a try.
It is working for me

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  • Ramrod-I'm interested to he's how you juice these…

    Posted by Jan39S on 18th October 2012 07:10PM

    Ramrod-I'm interested to he's how you juice these two ingredients. Sounds pretty unpalatable -do you blend with anything else?

  • Hello Ramrod. A work colleague suggested circumin to…

    Posted by TimA on 14th November 2012 09:11AM

    Hello Ramrod.
    A work colleague suggested circumin to me a couple of months ago, but I didn't really give it much thought. When I joined this site last week I saw your posting and so I did some more searches on the internet. I have now been taking turmeric for about a week - so too early to tell if it is having an effect.
    I have half a teaspoon of ground turmeric on my buttered toast each morning. I'll let you know if it works.

    I'm not going to eat raw ginger unless I get desperate! ;-)

  • Hi Ramrod, I use a lot of turmeric…

    Posted by Herakles on 20th November 2012 02:11AM

    Hi Ramrod, I use a lot of turmeric & ginger, mainly though in veg curries (3 times/week). Whilst I don't think it impacts much on my psoriasis, it's made the world of difference to joint movement and pain, like I rarely need to take painkillers for that.

    Apparently the theory is that anything like turmeric, ginger, chillies, peppers etc get the blood flowing and that's got to be good thing. I also eat loads of fish which also seems to help a lot.

  • For the past 8 months or so I…

    Posted by jonholland on 27th April 2015 04:04PM

    For the past 8 months or so I have been taking curcumin once or twice a day. Curcumin is basically a form of turmeric. Slowly but surely the ps is in remission. I have had it on my arms, back and legs for nearly 20 years now, with only one short period during that time where it had nearly all gone. Aside from that the combination of ointments on the outside and curcumin on the inside it finally is going. Clear "Normal skin" patches are forming everywhere and my right forearm is very nearly clear! The last couple of years or so I have also developed psoriatic arthritis and I am certain that the curcumin is helping that no end.

  • I will start Gingering immediately and see if…

    Posted by jonholland on 27th April 2015 04:04PM

    I will start Gingering immediately and see if that helps too!

  • I will start Gingering immediately and see if…

    Posted by jonholland on 27th April 2015 04:04PM

    I will start Gingering immediately and see if that helps too!

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