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Turmeric capsules reduce knee osteoarthritis pain

Journal
Annals of Internal Medicine
Reuters Health - 14/09/2020 - People with knee osteoarthritis who take daily turmeric capsules feel less pain in the knee joint than their peers who don't take this supplement, a clinical trial suggests. Researchers randomly assigned patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis to take two capsules of turmeric capsules (n=36) or placebo (n=34) daily for 12 weeks. At the end of the study period, turmeric improved knee pain on a visual analog scale (VAS) by -9.1 mm (95% CI, -17.8 to -0.4 mm) compared with placebo, but did not alter effusion-synovitis volume on magnetic resonance imaging. In addition, turmeric improved knee pain measured by the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) by -47.2 mm (CI, -81.2 to -13.2 mm) compared with placebo, but didn't impact lateral femoral cartilage. "The moderate effect we found in our trial from a short-term study is reassuring for turmeric as a treatment option," said senior study author Dr B...


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