Treating Asthma with Turmeric

Treating Asthma With Turmeric

With the goal of helping our visitors find natural solutions to health issues and for encouraging health generally, we’ve written more than once about the health benefits of turmeric here on Turmeric has been used for thousands of years, part of the Ayurvedic medicine holistic healing paradigm that originated in India, as a natural remedy for conditions that include breathing issues, including asthma.

Cucumin, a bright yellow chemical that is found in Curcuma longa (a form of ginger) plants, is the ingredient in turmeric that is believed to give it healing powers. Curcumin has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant function that is what most likely allows it to be a natural treatment for several conditions.

Having learned about the ability of turmeric to reduce inflammation in the body and learning of its potential to reduce symptoms of asthma, we decided to give it a try. In our family, we’ve had several people who have suffered from asthma, including me. In fact, my oldest son, Spencer, and I have had chronic asthma requiring a nebulizer or inhaler every three to five hours for as long as either of us can remember.

My wife bought some turmeric capsules made by Youtheory, a collagen supplement brand that is apparently one of the largest manufacturers in the US of turmeric. I started taking the capsules last week, following the directions listed on the bottle. Youtheory suggests (for adults) taking two capsules per day of their 1,000mg turmeric extract capsules along with a glass of water.

Youtheory’s 1,000mg turmeric extract product, packaged in 180 vegetarian capsules in my asthma reduction experiment, is labeled as something that “supports healthy inflammation response”, but that claim is followed by an asterisk. The asterisk points to a statement that is required by the FDA to this effect: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

I’m used to this type of disqualification by the FDA of various products that are actually very well known to do exactly that: treat and cure disease. However, when I’ve talked to several manufacturers of these kinds of products, they make it clear that they are under close watch by the FDA to ensure that their claims don’t cross a line that could destroy their entire companies.

It’s clear that the FDA is very much beholding to pharmaceutical companies, and has a vested interest in ensuring that products that have been proven through experience to work are discredited.

In my case, despite the mandatory FDA disclaimer labeling, the evidence I read online was too convincing. Now that evidence is even more so.

After taking turmeric capsules for close to a week, I have been able to go an entire day without the need of a nebulizer or inhaler.

In short, according to my experience, turmeric is very good at preventing asthma. I’ve recently experienced that for myself, especially over the past few days.

I will continue taking turmeric supplements over the next several weeks to see whether they can get rid of my asthma symptoms altogether. Based on what I’ve seen so far with this amazing health solution, I believe that’s what will happen.


Evaluation of Efficacy of Curcumin as an Add-on therapy in Patients of Bronchial Asthma:

Curcumin: A Review of Its’ Effects on Human Health:

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