Q. I have arthritis and some patches of psoriasis on my skin. I would like to try turmeric, but want to know if this would be worthwhile and if there are any interactions with prescription drugs.
A. Turmeric has been used to season food for thousands of years. Its medicinal properties have been recognized for nearly that long.
Some research indicates that turmeric and its primary component curcumin can ease the inflammation of psoriasis and arthritis (Current Opinion in Pharmacology, June 2007). It may also help prevent atherosclerosis and certain cancers.
We have discussed the benefits and risks of turmeric (curcumin) at length in our book, Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy. It is available from public libraries, bookstores or online at this website. Turmeric may cause rashes in some sensitive individuals. It can also interact with anticoagulant drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin).