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Turmeric and the Autoimmune System

Turmeric is a spice that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has been around since the beginning of time. I have found out that this plant has natural ingredients that can help with the inflammation in our bodies. People are saying that is helps with our psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It seems to be all the rage now, a very powerful natural remedy.

You can buy this spice at any grocery store now. I began to research this natural herb to see how powerful it really is. When I started my research, I was very shocked to learn of all its powerful benefits. Many people like myself are on medications that compromise the autoimmune immune system while turmeric boosts the immune system.

What are some of the benefits of turmeric?

I know some biologics that I have been on are compromising my immune system. I have been on medications for over 50 years now and I am always wondering how this will turn out in the end? Therefore, I looked for ways to strengthen my immune system and that’s why this research was important for me.

Turmeric has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and is a very strong antioxidant. It can be a spice that can be added to food. You can buy it in a powder; it is recommended that you use 1 to 2 tablespoons a day to get the effects. There are not many side effects, but you can experience an upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness. There was a study conducted on people with plaque psoriasis in which they used curcumin gel (curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric). They stated that their symptoms were a lot better with less redness, scaling, and thickness. They also said their quality of life was much better after trying this.1

Natural approaches to treating PsA

More of us are turning to natural approach versus traditional medicine. I guess you are asking why? For me personally; it’s the idea of getting older and not knowing what my medications are doing to my insides. Right now, I just worry about the side effects of the medications that I am on now which is causing weight gain and headaches. We not even going to talk about the cost of these medications for many of us baby boomers who are retiring in the next few years. That is a whole different story.

Everyone knows what works for them. I have started taking the natural approach to a lot of the natural herbs. If I can see improvement in inflammation or my skin, then I am a believer. I also read that you can make a turmeric skin paste and apply to your psoriasis which is supposed to work well. I haven’t tried that part yet, but I did make some turmeric tea. I added honey for some added taste. It wasn’t too bad.

Aloe vera is a natural plant and has great healing properties as well. I feel like this; what do I have to lose but everything to gain? Wouldn’t it be something to have a miracle herb that will take our psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis away? This would be so great, and it would change all our lives forever. I have added turmeric to my diet. I like it in certain foods and it seems to help with the inflammation. I’m hoping to see some noticeable results soon.

Hope for using natural remedies

We must hold onto something positive and hope as we move forward with new breakthroughs. As always, if you try anything new, make sure to talk to your doctor first. Not everything agrees with us and we need to make sure that certain things don’t interact with our medications. Our doctor will take into consideration our medical history.

I have high expectations that something natural will be our saving grace. Wouldn’t this be a breakthrough? Yes, it would be nice to not to have my skin cracking, bleeding, flaking, scaley and itching. I’m hoping that turmeric can reduce my pain, inflammation, and stiffness. This is encouraging, and I hope more studies are done on this. We need research to offer hope to us with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. We need a better quality of life.

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  1. Harker, J., Heng, M.C.Y., Heng, M.K., September 2011. Results of Combining Phosphorylase Kinase Inhibition with Removal of Precipitating Factors in Large Cohort of Psoriatic Patients: A Proof of Concept Study. Accessed online at


  • abigail
    5 months ago

    I have psoriasis and PsA, truly a journey. As of yet I have only taken Nsaids, and try to take as little as possible, with medical help; and an antidepressant/ antianxiety med. My Drs. ( PCP, Rheum,Derm) guide me in regards to what I am doing. Diet, is key with a plan of rest combined with an exercise regime. I seem to be keeping my status at mild to moderate. I hope this helps.

  • CathyD moderator
    5 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us all, @abigail. What kind of diet do you follow?

    -Catherine, Community Moderator

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