Turmeric Cures

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02/02/2012: Benghiman from La Houssiere, Vosges, France: "There is much on the subject of turmeric and its pros and cons. Turmeric is the base of curcumin - and it is curcumin that does the work.

Many clinical studies now say that curcumin may be useful for the prevention and treatment of several diseases, including cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease. 500 mg Curcumin with 5 mg Piperine builds the immune system, is anti-tumor, antioxidant, antiarthritic, anti-amyloid, anti-ischemic and anti-inflammatory*.

Curcumin Has Biological and Medicinal Properties*

"All evidences accumulated so far clearly indicate that curcumin protects against cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, the major ailments in the West. This natural remedy has also shown preventive as well as therapeutic effects against Alzheimer's disease, MS, cataract formation, AIDS and drug-induced nonspecific toxicity in the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Further testing of curcumin in humans is underway to confirm these observations. A clinical development plan for using curcumin to treat cancer was recently described by the NCI. Studies also show that in countries such as India, where curcumin is consumed on a regular basis, the profile of cancer incidence is very different to those regions that do not, such as in The West. How curcumin produces its therapeutic effects is not fully understood, but they are probably mediated in part through the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action of curcumin. It is quite likely that curcumin mediates its effects through other mechanisms as well. Over a dozen different cellular proteins and enzymes have been identified to which curcumin binds. High- throughput ligand-interacting technology and microarray technology have begun to reveal more molecular targets and genes affected by curcumin."

This extract is taken from Curcumin Biological and Medicinal Properties. Authors: - Bharat B. Aggarwal, Indra D. Bhatt, Haruyo Ichikawa, Kwang Seok Ahn, Gautam Sethi, Santosh K. Sandur, Chitra Natarajan, Navindra Seeram, and Shishir Shishodia. July 2006. (With permission)

The following is an extract of an interview with Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, who is Professor and Chief of the Cytokine Research Section at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he currently holds the Ransom Horne, Jr. , Endowed Professorship in Cancer Research. He has published more than 500 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. This interview was published ©2009 Natural Medicine Journal 1(4), December 2009.

Q: Is it true that there are absorption issues with curcumin and that the dosage needs to be high to produce a therapeutic affect?

A: I think there is a bit of a misconception regarding the absorption and dosage of curcumin. Remember, curcumin is a dietary agent, not a drug. It should not be tested as a drug because if dosages reach the drug level, it could become toxic. We have found that curcumin is circulated quickly and is taken up by tissues very quickly. Within 10 to 20 minutes it is already in the brain. When it is tested as a drug, researchers are looking for curcumin in serum but they don't find it because it has already been taken up by tissues. In 2008, Marczylo and colleagues demonstrated that very little curcumin was found in plasma and urine in rats after they were given curcumin; however, curcumin was found in intestinal mucosa, as well as liver, kidney, and heart tissue.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins reported that as little as 500 mg of curcumin per day resulted in a 60 percent reduction in polyps, whereas Celebrex at the same dose, which is very cardiotoxic, only resulted in less than 30 percent reduction in polyps as shown by physicians at M. D. Anderson. If bioavailability were an issue, we would not see these results. We have cancer patients at M. D. Anderson who are just on curcumin. They don't have to be given chemotherapy or radiation, just curcumin alone, and we are witnessing significant results. There are more than 1,000 patients on curcumin right now at M. D. Anderson. Absorption of curcumin is not as big of an issue as people may think.

Turmeric has been used historically as a component of Indian Ayurvedic medicine since 1900 BC to treat a wide variety of ailments. Now research has identified curcumin as responsible for most of the biological activity of turmeric. In vitro studies have suggested a wide range of potential therapeutic or preventive effects associated with curcumin. Numerous clinical trials in humans are studying the effect of curcumin on various diseases including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, cancer, psoriasis, and Alzheimer's disease, among quite a lot of other problems

The medicinal properties of curcumin obtained from Curcuma longa L. Is reported by some, disputed by others, to be the cause of poor bioavailability due to its rapid metabolism in the liver and intestinal wall. In studies, the effect of combining piperine, a known inhibitor of hepatic and intestinal glucuronidation, was evaluated on the bioavailability of curcumin on healthy human volunteers. When curcumin was given alone to these volunteers after a dose of 2 g curcumin alone, serum levels were either undetectable or very low, due to its rapid absorption by the brain and body. Concomitant administration of piperine 20 mg produced much higher concentrations. The increase in bioavailability was 2000%. The study shows that in the dosages used, piperine enhances the serum concentration, extent of absorption and bioavailability of curcumin in humans with no adverse effects.

Studies suggest that curcumin may have anti-tumor, antioxidant, antiarthritic, anti-amyloid, anti-ischemic and anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatory properties may be due to inhibition of eicosanoid biosynthesis. In addition it may be effective in treating malaria, prevention of cervical cancer, and may interfere with the replication of the HIV virus. In HIV, it appears to act by interfering with P300/CREB-binding protein (CBP). It also prevents liver damage. A 2008 study at Michigan State University showed that low concentrations of curcumin interfere with Herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) replication. This effect was shown to be independent of effect on histone acetyltransferase activities of p300/CBP. A previous (1999) study performed at University of Cincinnati indicated that curcumin is significantly associated with protection from infection by HSV-2 in intravaginal infections.

Curcumin acts as a free radical scavenger and antioxidant, inhibiting lipid peroxidation and oxidative DNA damage. Curcuminoids induce glutathione S-transferase and are potent inhibitors of cytochrome P450.

A 2004 UCLA-Veterans Affairs study suggests that curcumin might inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta-amyloid in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients and also break up existing plaques associated with the disease.

There is also circumstantial evidence that curcumin improves mental functions; a survey of 1010 Asian people who ate yellow curry and were between the ages of 60 and 93 showed that those who ate the sauce "once every six months" or more had higher MMSE results than those who did not.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that curcumin, amongst only a few other things such as high impact exercise, learning, bright light, and antidepressant usage, has a positive effect on neurogenesis in the hippocampus and concentrations of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), reductions in both of which are associated with stress, depression, and anxiety.

Many pre-clinical studies suggest that curcumin may be useful for the prevention and treatment of several diseases.

The Anticarcinogenic effects of curcumin are being shown on an increasing and, almost, daily rate!

Its potential anticancer effects stem from its ability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells without cytotoxic effects on healthy cells. Curcumin can interfere with the activity of the transcription factor NF-%u03BAB, which has been linked to a number of inflammatory diseases such as cancer.

A 2009 study suggests that curcumin may inhibit mTOR complex I via a novel mechanism.

Another 2009 study on curcumin effects on cancer states that curcumin "modulates growth of tumor cells through regulation of multiple cell signaling pathways including cell proliferation pathway (cyclin D1, c-myc), cell survival pathway (Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, cFLIP, XIAP, c-IAP1), caspase activation pathway (caspase-8, 3, 9), tumor suppressor pathway death receptor pathway (DR4, DR5), mitochondrial pathways, and protein kinase pathway (JNK, Akt, and AMPK)".

Curcumin has recently been shown to have phyto-estrogenic activity that might contribute to anti-breast cancer activity. In the murine model of breast cancer metastasis, Curcumin inhibits the formation of lung metastases probably through the NF-kappa-B dependent regulation of pro-tumorigenic inflammatory cytokines.

We at Home Cures have had experience of our Curcumin Piperine being effective, in conjunction with Serrapeptase, in the control of fibromyalgia, also known as MS or ME. Also, in older people a remarkable "rejuvenation" is evident.

In short, with much clinical and usage evidence, curcumin has significant advantages over turmeric. If, as in India and some areas of China, where the diet is significantly curry based, thus a regular ingestion of curcumin is evident, the trumeric intake is continual it is a good thing. For us in the West, where the intake is almost insignificant, it is curcumin that is required.

Combine Surcumin with Serrapeptase 80,000iu and, according to one of my sources, 50% of all hospitals could be emptied!"

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08/17/2013: She from Virginia, United States replies: "Can you put ground turmeric in gelatin capsules and take on a daily basis? Would it be as effective as cooking with it or taking it with a liquid? Do you know if there is a supplement that has curcumin and peperin together?"
08/17/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Hi! We put ground turmeric into gelcaps and take them daily. I cannot say for sure that it works as well as if you cooked with it or took it in liquid, but I can say that we find it very helpful for what we take it for. (We take it to reduce the inflammation and itching from tick bites and it really helps a lot. ) This is the cheapest and easiest way for us to accomplish getting it into us. Hope that helps!

~Mama to Many~"
08/17/2013: Kt from Usa replies: "Compelled to remark here... I don't understand why one would go to the trouble putting the turmeric in capsules. I have a horrible reaction to capsules (hidden source of MSG). I sprinkle it on my food and sometimes mix it with a little warm water to drink. I also use equal parts of ginger."
08/18/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Mama to Many: We do that too, and I add a few grains of ground black pepper in there because it supposedly makes the effects more concentrated."
08/18/2013: Ed2010 from Canada replies: "Ok I will give a recipe to drink Turmeric Powder, a delicioius drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tsp - Turmeric Powder
  • 250 ml - Butter Milk (incase you don't get butter milk, make your own by mixing 100 ml yoghurt and 150 ml of water)
  • 1/2 tsp - Cumin Powder - Optional
  • 1/4 tsp - Black Pepper Powder - Optional
  • Salt to taste

Mix everything throughly, so flavours of all the herbs blends well. Sprinkle finely chopped Coriander Leaves. Delicious drink is ready. You can change the ratios according to the desired taste.

Get Well Soon."

08/18/2013: Courtney from Granite Bay, Ca replies: "@Kt - People put Turmeric in capsules because they don't care for the taste. Also, they get a larger dose in a capsule vs. "sprinkling" it on food."
08/19/2013: Kt from Usa replies: "Hello Courtney--Didn't mean to upset anyone. Medicine doesn't always taste good. If turmeric is bing used for a medicinal purpose---to reduce inflammation---capsules contribute to inflammation because in making them a manufactured form of glutamic acid (MSG) is created. It doesn't seem worthwhile to be taking something that contributes to the reason you are taking it. Please note that large doses of turmeric contributes to constipation."
08/19/2013: Just Me from Usa replies: "The black pepper is not optional. It activates the main ingredient in turmeric."


Gum Disease

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YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  02/09/2008: Farhad from Canada, Ontario: "in the past few years my gums changed colour to a darker colour and my dentist told me my gums are receding my white teeth were yellow due to smoking .2 weeks ago i was told to use tumeric powder with my tooth paste when brushing since then my darker gum is changing colour to pink again in most spots and my teeth including 2front venirs are bright it strengtens gums and teeth but stains my hands only after brushing.no product did what a $2 tumeric powder has done for me.thank you."

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10/20/2011: Sanjeev from Jalandhar Punjab- India replies: "Very good I suggest you that you can also mix some quantity of black peeper with turmeric for any type of tooth problem. Thanks"


How to Take Turmeric

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YEA (7)
100%

02/01/2013: Denise from Seattle, Wa: "I was told by a woman fro Inida that in India they take tumeric with a heated glass of milk. It works and tastes great! Two or three tablespoons a day. Add Lecithin if you choose to."

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02/06/2013: Yukoncorleone from Binghamton, Ny, United States replies: "2-3 Tablespoons a day? That seems like a lot. I take 1 tsp 2-3 times a day in warm milk when I notice my skin condition(s) flaring up, which in turn is mostly likley caused by my bad diet decisions."


[YEA]  02/21/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl: "Another handy way to ingest Turmeric is to put the powder in your mustard or honey-mustard bottle; great on sandwiches and chicken-wings maranade. You can put a huge amount in your mustard without noticing much of a change in the taste. Add black pepper to enhance the healing benefits of Tumeric!"

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08/27/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "Oh, and you you aren't that fond of mustard, you can hide a tsp or two in a cheese omlet or make deviled eggs without noticing it!"


[YEA]  10/19/2011: Julie from Jackson, Ms: "I think the biggest drawback to turmeric capsules is the cost!! I just buy the powdered spice form and mix it with something else. You have to get used to the taste though! Here are a few ideas for making this wonderful spice taste a little better!!

http://phoebe1975.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-Turmeric-Taste-Better"

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08/27/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "I buy large jars (16 oz; 454 grams) of Tumeric at the Asian (Thai Food) store for only $7.99! My store keeper keeps the large jars in the restaurant supplies area, next to the large jars of curry powder and ginger, (not in the normal spice aisle)."
[YEA]  01/05/2014: Man from Sojournor In America replies: "I have been using turmeric in water (pure/distilled with activated carbon post filtration) for a while because I read about the benefits of Turmeric. And today as was cooking up breakfast I considered making a new blend of Turmeric in water, and this time I added one teaspoon of 99.996 DMSO to see what would happen. I took a swig of it and the flavor is different. It seems easier to drink now. The DMSO seems to have countered the pungent-ness, (for a lack of a better word) of the regular drink. And knowing that DMSO is a transport substance, perhaps this Turmeric will benefit me."


10/12/2011: 11185d from Jerusalem, Israel: "Hello! I drink turmeric all day long, mixed with water and apple cider vinegar.

I'd like to know how I can create a concentrated turmeric substance so that I do not have to consume as much product/have a more potent substance that I can use. Any ideas? Thanks!"

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10/12/2011: Michelle from Cambridge, Cambs, Uk replies: "Dear 1185d, you could try mixing the turmeric with coconut oil, then chilling it to make a tablet.

I also put it into hot coconut milk with honey."

12/10/2011: Justsayin from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "@Michelle from Cambridge, Cambs, Uk, I'd love to know how you make the turmeric and coconut oil into pills!

sexy.officer(at)gmail.com"


10/02/2010: Michele from London, Uk: "I just want to pass on something about turmeric that I read in David Servan-Schreiber's book _Anti-Cancer_ (pages 134-137). According to Dr Servan-Schreiber the research on turmeric suggests that is far more readily absorbed if it is dissolved in oil, and further if it is mixed with black pepper (! )."

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05/03/2011: Khulthum from Chicago, Il replies: "Thanks so much for this info! I'll be sure to remember that, God-willing :)"


[YEA]  02/01/2010: Robert from Martinez, Ca: "Turmeric needs a good fat to be absorbed in the body.That being said, as a daily preventive protocol I take the following: 2-tsps. turmeric powder with 1/2-1 tsp. of cayenne pepper & mix into 1/2 glass of coconut milk,(not the water). If you cannot tolerate the heat add apple juice or eat an apple after drinking.The cayenne potentizes the turmerics' effect by 400 times.There is an abundance of research data on these items on the net.The coconut milk that I use is 100% & no preservatives, full fat content, purchased from asian markets. There is a new product out in some health food stores that is coconut kefir which is a good idea, however it contains carageenan which is used to stimulate the growth of cancer cells in lab experiments! It is used in many food items as a thickener.This data from a noted neurosurgeon turned nutritionist. By the way, the standard white mushrooms which include the brown crimini & portobello, contain a substance which cannot be removed by cooking, that is used to grow tumors in lab research. This data from a renowned mycologist whose book on fungi is used in some colleges as a textbook, although the cancer reference in not mentioned in the book, the author mentioned this at a seminar & he consequently was threatened for divulging this info."

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[YEA]  01/05/2014: Man from Sojournor In America replies: "I am wondering about turmeric in DMSO and distilled water. The solvent being DMSO. Perhaps the solvent properties of DMSO would help the turmeric active ingredient to get into the cells too? I just put a teaspoon of DMSO in to a quart (glass) of distilled water with a teaspoon of turmeric powder and tasted it and it is quite different than without the DMSO. The question is would reason, logic and common sense say add an oil like EVOO and shake up? Or would the solvent properties of DMSO be sufficient for the transport of the nutrient?"
01/05/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello "Man from Sojoumor"

You say you desire turmeric to enter all the cells and wonder if DMSO is OK to accomplish that purpose...and you ask if "reason, logic and common sense" permit such a combination (or use another oil).

I'm an advocate of DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide). In years past, I would get a nutritional IV drip and the MD (an complementary medical doctor) would add 25 to 50 cc of DMSO as a final addition to the depleted IV bag.

So that was a direct shot of DMSO into the blood stream. Probably 10 times I had such an IV over three years. (I'd smell pretty rank for a day...the price you pay for using DMSO.)

I sometimes mix the DMSO (a tablespoon) with a good oil (MCT) and drink straight. Tastes terrible of course.

So...back to "reason, logic and common sense".... (probably the last two being the lesser included in the first)....I've never used turmeric combined with DMSO and taken orally but if I wanted to get turmeric into as much of the cells as possible, I know factually that DMSO is a solvent and carrier and DMSO will not harm, so I'd try that. In fact, I might just do it. Why do you want the turmeric dispersed? I know it has many good health qualities; but what exactly do you want to accomplish with the turmeric into the cells? Ridding the cells of something?

But if I just wanted to be super careful, I'd just try a small dosage. Say one quarter of a teaspoon full. Then in a few days, I might try a bit more. Etc. etc."


[YEA]  11/10/2009: Briana from Chicago, Il: "I created the following recipe because I was trying to take several superfoods listed on this site every day and I couldn't stand the taste of the Blackstrap Molasses or the Turmeric. So I drink two cups of Molasses Chai a day:

Start with 8 oz of hot water. Then add one chai tea bag (a tea blend including chai spices). While the tea steeps mix in 1 Tbsp of blackstrap molasses, 1 Tbsp of honey (raw is better), 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 dashes of turmeric. At this point stop to stir in the turmeric to dissolve the water soluble portion. Then add some milk (about 1/4 cup). U can substitute soy/rice milk etc. Mix in the milk and remove the tea bag. Add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil (virgin is better) and mix to dissolve turmeric in CO.

Other than looking kind of funny because it will have a yellow tinted layer of oil on the top it will taste fine. Don't forget the vanilla it masks the flavor of the molasses. If it still tastes bad to you then put in less BSM, turmeric, and/or VCO until you get used to the flavor."

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[YEA]  07/28/2010: Francesca from Hayward, Ca replies: "Briana, Thank you for your recipe! ! I just started taking BSM a couple of days ago and did not know how I was going to continue with it because the taste is so strong it makes me gag. All I could think of when I consumed it was burnt rubber. . . Yuck! I tried your recipe and it was actually pretty good and quite enjoyable. . . Much, much more tolerable than taking it straight. Peace, Love and Health to you!"
07/29/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Francesca, I hate the taste of Blackstrap Molasses as well, no idea how anybody can like it. As I don't drink milk or coffee, I follow the advice that I got somewhere to drink it with a bit of lime juice. Much better. And if you put it in the fridge for a while after dissolving the molasses in hot water it tastes great in the summer!"


06/26/2009: Margaret from Knoxville, Tennessee: "suggestion for getting dry herbs, etc into you with ease....For anyone trying to take turmeric or other dried substances and find they taste bad or don't mix well into liquid, I have purchased gelatin capsules from my healthfood store and filled them with turmeric. A much simpler way to take it than trying to get it to dissolve in liquid."

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06/26/2009: Preet from New York, USA replies: "Hi Margaret,
Turmeric powder is used in every indian recipe I know and I think thats the best way to take it, like you can add it to onions etc. while frying them. Also, people used to mix turmeric powder to warm milk along with almonds (It is really really tasty). So try either of these ways. I believe taking it in powder form will be more beneficial."


Inflammation

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YEA (4)
100%

[YEA]  08/03/2011: Sarah from Barcelona, Spain: "Tumeric has been used for years and years in India. It is one of the main spicies in cooking. It does, however, have a bitter strange taste when taken on it's own. To treat an inflamation that I have, I am now using tumeric (half teaspoon) in a half a glass of grape juice. So far it's working wonders :) And the taste is disguised completely."


[YEA]  08/03/2009: T from Baltimore, Md, USA: "Wanted to add a YEA to using turmeric for thyroid inflammation. Sometimes I get this when my thyroid is under attack (I have Hashimoto's - autoimmune thyroid disease). When I feel that coming on, I take a capsule or two of turmeric. It has not failed to relieve it yet.

I make my own caps with vegetarian capsules, organic turmeric powder, and some freshly ground black pepper (a substance in pepper called piperine greatly aids the absorption of the turmeric) - no real measurement, I just do a few turns of the pepper mill into a small bowl of the turmeric and mix together. Making my own capsules is cheaper than buying ready-made caps, plus I know exactly what is in them (no fillers!)."


[YEA]  08/30/2007: Ann from Duncan, SC: "I have been using Turmeric for my inflammation for 2 years now and swear by it. I have an autoimmune disease which causes a lot of inflammation. I take 1 tablespoon a day and it keeps my swelling way down.I am now goiter free and do not need thyroid removal surgery. If I go off of it the swelling picks back up and my goiter returns.I have taken it in capsule form or by mixing it with water and swallowing fast!"

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08/02/2009: Connie from Manitowoc, Wisconsin replies: "Ann, glad to hear you're hanging on. Have you read about glutamate and excitotoxins? If you haven't already, try eliminating them from your diet and see how you feel."


[YEA]  Rose from England: "I use turmeric, it works like magic for me - I have Crohn's disease, and finds it helps ease inflammation. All the anti-inflammatory pills that the doctor gave me only made me MUCH worse. Turmeric helps stop the 'loose stools'."


Joint Pain

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YEA (4)
100%

[YEA]  12/30/2009: Nirinjan from Traverse City, Michigan: "Golden Milk is great and cheap way to get the turmeric into the body vs. buying pills. You can make the first part, the turmeric paste, in a larger amount and store it in the refrigerator for a weeks supply. Then just add to the milk and oil. We would drink this after doing yoga for 8 hours a day and no joint pain in the morning."

EC: Golden Milk recipe here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/goldenmilk.html

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[YEA]  07/21/2010: Janet from Poynette, Wi, Usa replies: "I have been suffering with pain in my right hip for a few years. It started out being on and off and gradually got be constant. It hurt to get up from a chair, going up and down stairs and just walking. I was developing a limp. Funny though, it actually bothered me less if I was extremely active. I found that turmeric and ginger work like magic. Every morning I have a hot cup of organic green tea to which I add 1 tsp. Virgin coconut oil, 2 tsp. Honey, 1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp. Powdered ginger, a dash of black pepper and about 1/8 tsp. Of cayenne pepper. I read on EARTH CLINIC that those peppers help the efficacy of the spices. It's amazing, I have no pain in my hip. By the way, my daughter cured herself of classic fibromyalgia symptoms by following advice from EARTH CLINIC. This website is invaluable."
01/14/2013: Jessica from Bfe, Ky replies: "I have also have cured my fibromyalgia symptoms through things I have learned on Earth Clinic."






 



 

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