Curcumin May Relieve Inflammation, Pain of Tendinitis

2011-08-10 07:04

Curcumin adds that special pizzazz to curry dishes, and now it may also dish out hope for people who suffer with tendinitis and other tendon diseases. Researchers have announced that curcumin may have a positive effect on the mechanisms that cause inflammation and pain in tendinitis and related conditions.

Curcumin fights inflammation

Results of the new study, conducted by researchers at The University of Nottingham and Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, suggest that curcumin, the substance in the spice turmeric that gives this culinary favorite its yellow color, may play an important role in the treatment of tendinitis (tendonitis) and similar inflammatory problems. They do not suggest, noted co-leader of the study Dr. Ali Mobasheri of the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, that curcumin can cure tendinitis.

The term “tendinitis” is used to describe an inflammation or irritation of any of the thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones, result in pain and tenderness outside a joint. The most common sites affected by tendinitis are the shoulders, heels, elbows, and wrists, although it also affects the knees. Names given to tendinitis problems—tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, Achilles tendinitis—reflect the problem areas.

The study involved the use of human tendon cells in culture. Using the model, the investigators were able to observe the effects of curcumin on inflammatory and degenerative actions instigated by interleukins, protein molecules capable of activating inflammatory genes by triggering a biological “switch” called NF-kB. When curcumin was introduced to the culture, it stopped the NF-kB from switching on, thus inhibiting inflammation.


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