Q. Turmeric is excellent for nerve damage. I had a pinched nerve in my neck. I went to the E.R. but the doctors told me they have no painkiller for nerves. Instead they gave me a high-powered pain pill.
Those pain pills almost killed me: I had a reaction to them that set the nerve on fire. The pain was so great I cried all the time. I couldn't sleep for more than a few minutes here and there for 14 days. Once I stopped the pain pills, the pain eased up somewhat.
I called the health food store and asked if there was any thing to help the pain in my neck. Turmeric was recommended, so I got a bottle and with the very first pill I could feel the pain going away.
The turmeric I take is in a combination formula. I use Solaray Turmeric Special Formula. It combines turmeric with bromelain and boswellia and I have gotten good relief from it 5 years.
A. Bromelain, boswellia and turmeric are all traditional Indian Ayurvedic botanical medicines with strong anti-inflammatory activity. Bromelain is an enzyme derived from pineapple. Boswellia comes from a tree resin similar to frankincense. Turmeric is the yellow spice in curry powder and yellow mustard.
We have heard from other readers that this combination is especially helpful for nerve pain. Their stories and more information about the herbs can be found online at: www.peoplespharmacy.com.