Three-quarters of Australians have used at least one form of complementary medicine – whether it be vitamins and supplements, aromatherapy products or herbal medicines, such as Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines – in the last year.
Ayurvedic practitioner Rafeena Kidavintavida believes one reason for this is a desire to address health issues holistically.
“People want to know how they can support the body to thrive. They can see connections with their lifestyle and health; they want to understand it more and address the challenge holistically,” she says.
For sufferers of mild joint pain and inflammation wanting to address symptoms, there is increasing interest in curcumin – the main active ingredient in turmeric – which is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine to relieve mild joint aches, pains and inflammation.
A member of the ginger family with a peppery, spicy aroma and bitter pungent taste, turmeric is an Indian spice that has roots in the 5,000-year-old tradition of Ayurvedic medicine – and has shown evidence-based benefits to support joint health.
“Turmeric is one of the most commonly used herbs in traditional Ayurvedic herbal preparations to reduce inflammation. Curcumin can also help to reduce toxins and process free radicals,” says Kidavintavida.
As a traditional Ayurvedic medicine, curcumin has not only shown to relieve and reduce mild joint pain thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, but it also provides support for cognitive function including learning, memory and attention.
Additionally, it relieves digestive discomfort and maintains liver health.
There are many easy and delicious ways to harness the benefits of turmeric – from using it to cook curry, soup and paella, to sprinkling it in latte or tea.
The experts note, however, that it’s important to seek advice from a health professional to address your specific concerns and look into the causes and lifestyle factors that contribute to your health concerns.
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