Variety may be the spice of life, but is turmeric the spice for people with multiple sclerosis (MS)?
More and more people with MS are using complementary and alternative approaches like herbs and supplements to augment prescription medication treatments for symptoms like pain, spasticity, memory loss, and fatigue — even though scientific evidence supporting their use is limited. One of the most popular herbal remedies is turmeric, a spice that is used commonly in cooking, particularly in Asian cuisines.
Turmeric has properties similar to ginger, another popular flavoring ingredient.
Although turmeric has been used to treat the symptoms of a variety of health conditions — including everything from Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate and colon cancer to heart disease and type 2 diabetes — its use in MS hasn’t been well studied, at least to date. Still, what’s known about its possible benefits is promising.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.