It’s amazing what nature has to offer in terms of natural pain relief. Sometimes we need to stop looking towards the drug companies and start to shift our focus towards ancient remedies that have been delivering results for centuries. One of the most highly regarded natural anti-inflammatories in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine is curcumin. Curcumin is the yellow pigment of turmeric, the most popular spice in Indian cuisine and a major ingredient of curry powders. As we are about to see, there is a lot to be gained from this amazing spice!

My wife Melissa and I use a great deal of this anti-inflammatory spice is in our foods. We will often have it in a vegetable curry, or an Indian dahl on basmati rice, or even some turmeric root added to our green celery-and-cucumber juice. If you’d like to do this, simply pick up some turmeric root at your supermarket – but here’s a warning! Don’t let any spilled turmeric juice lie around on your bench top for long – or you’ll be scrubbing all weekend!

For an extra anti-inflammatory effect you can also consider taking curcumin as a supplement. This could be of great benefit if you are looking for a natural alternative to the over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's). The problem with NSAID's is that they wreak havoc on your digestive system. They can cause ulceration, bleeding and intestinal permeability or 'leaky gut' in regular users. [1] This goes directly against our mission to heal the cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis using natural RA therapies and the ideal RA diet. One of the great advantages of curcumin is that, unlike NSAID's, it has been shown to have no gastrointestinal side effects [4].

In many cases, supplemental curcumin has also been shown to be superior in effectiveness. For RA sufferers curcumin has been shown to create a higher percentage of improvement compared to Voltaren [3]. In OA sufferers curcumin was shown to do as good or better than Ibuprofen [1] and in another study the OA patients taking curcumin were able to decrease their usage of their NSAID's after a few weeks. [2]

All in all, there is magic in this humble Indian root that is worth exploring, along with many of the other strategies that I describe in my free email training course.. Whether you want to try it in some meals, or as concentrated curcumin in a supplement, it is highly likely that your body will thank you. Enjoy! But don’t leave any on your bench tops.

By Clint Paddison
Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW Ambassador

For all changes to your diet and lifestyle first consult a licensed physician. Those who are pregnant, have gallstones, or are susceptible to kidney stones may want to moderate their turmeric/curcumin consumption.[5]

[1] J Altern Comp Med. 2009 Aug;15(8):891-7. doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0186.]
[2] Gianni Belcaro et al, Vol 15, no.4 Alt Med Review
[3] Phytother Res. 2012 Nov:26(11):1719-25
[4] Pharmacognosy reviews, Jan-Jun 2013, Vol 7, Issue 13, Turmeric (curcumin) remedies gastorprotecive action


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  • Bunny Bomb

    Hi Clint. I wanted to ask you about Curcumin. I’ve been taking regular Ibuprofen for about 18 months, as prescribed by my Rheumatologist and GP, for active Synovitis in several joints. Even though I also take a stomach lining drug, the Ibuprofen is wreaking havoc on my digestive system. I’d be keen to try taking Curcumin as a supplement and see how it goes. My Rheumatologist wasn’t adverse to the idea, so I’d be interested to know what level you recommend starting with?

    • That’s precisely the best way to use curcumin – to help you to wean off the NSAID’s which hold back gut healing. Hope you’re doing well Bunny!

  • Lesley Pettitt

    Thank you for this information, I am going to try this and I will let you know how this goes. I also thank you again for all of your helpful emails.

    • Great – thanks Lesley and I’m looking forward to hearing about your continued improvement. Clint

  • Seian Mulholland

    To get best results, take the curcumin with piperine (ground black pepper) to increase the longevity of the effective period.

  • Carmen Canann

    What about aspirin?
    I’m 6 years into RA and 1 month into the Paddington Program.
    Much to the rheumatologist’s angered dismay, I never took any prescription drugs. Once a month I see an acupuncturist for pain management. It was he who suggested 5 years ago I give up wheat and dairy. For exercise, I swim and ride a stationary incumbent bike. But nothing compares to the emotional and physical healing of Clint’s Program. Knowing the cause of RA and knowing what to eat (as opposed to just what not to eat) has been like a miracle to me. My husband and I thank you and your wife for your persistence and for sharing your hard-earned knowledge. Sincerely, -Carmen- from Austin, Texas.

  • Nick Dorosheff

    Hey, Clint. Thanks for the confirmation about curcumin/ tumeric. I’ve been taking tumeric noncapsule tablets for 7 months. The recommended dosage is 1500 mg per day. I take mine before or after meals. Although I haven’t detected any results, I will continue. I have just finished a 15 day water fast and I’m now following the juicing diet of the PP. After 2 days of cucumber and celery juice I’m looking forward to the salad stage. Prior to the fast I was on a gluten free dairy free diet for 5 weeks. The joint swelling in my hands and feet is gone! I was never in pain, but the stiffness is gone too. I agree that healing of the intestinal tract is the key to complete cure/ remission. Thank you for your good efforts on behalf of RA sufferers.

  • Designer_Dude

    I’ve tried all of the recommendations out there, but none have offered any pain relief from my RA. I’ve tried curcumin, msm, black seed oil, pain creams, hemp oil, potassium, and boron. I’ve also been on LDN for a week, but no apparent benefits so far. Even steroids didn’t work for me, which is very odd because they seem to be the most effective for many people.

    I’m beginning to question whether there is something more going on than just the RA. My anti-ccp positive blood levels were 1,600 (normal is 16 or so), but my inflammation marker blood test were all negative. All I know is this chronic pain never ends and has ruined my life. Could it be lupus I wonder?

    • Jal

      Designer Dude, you may want to check your viral load and see if you have Epstein Barr. Check out Anthony William, the medical medium. He has helped thousands with mystery illness and says it is the Epstein Barr virus causing havoc and there is no such thing as auto immune as your body will never attack you. The medical industry are decades behind this information. He has his own podcast. (Lupus also falls into this category)
      All the best. Jal

      • Designer_Dude

        Hey Jal. Thanks for the input. I appreciate it. It’s strange you mentioned Epstein Barr. My sister was diagnosed with that many years ago. Since many diseases seem to be genetic, there may be something to that. I guess I assumed Epstein Barr was not that bad or something because my sister is now fine.

        In regards to our bodies not ever attacking itself, I’m not sure I agree at all with that. I know people personally who are gluten intolerant. From my understanding, the immune system rightfully tries to attack things that it finds is harming it (like gluten), but often overshoots and ends up attacking good cells.

        Tom O’brien is an autoimmune specialist who has been studying this stuff for many years. He probably knows more about the connection between diet and illness than anyone on this planet. I’m pretty sure he explains it as the body attacking itself… which leads to auto-immune issues, cancer, dementia , etc. I’ve read hundreds of cases where diet changes contributed to folks going into remission from their diseases.

        Regardless, I will definitely look into Anthony William, Epstein Barr, etc. In regards to Lupus, I have wondered if I have it (based on some of my symptoms). I plan on getting checked. Thanks you again for your reply.

  • Jane George

    Curcumin supplements seem to help me some. I’ve been adding ginger to my celery cucumber juice for it’s gut healing properties. It was discovered in my colonoscopy that I had intestinal ulcers and the gastroenterologist asked me if I was a regular NSAID user. Yes, I was. He said stop them and go on a high fiber diet to heal my gut. Interesting side note: my rheumatologist just took me off folic acid and replaced with a new Rx that is methylfolate, vit B-12 and curcuminiod tumerone complex, described as curcumin essential oil in the pharmacology of the drug.

  • I am really thankful to you for sharing such a nice information about curcumin benefits. Keep posting information like this.

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After recovering from chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis, Clint Paddison now teaches other RA sufferers how to heal naturally so they can get on a path towards wellness. Get Clint's free RA reversal tips here


Do not take this information as personal medical advice. Do not change your diet if you are ill or on medication without the advice of a qualified health care provider (your physician, for example).