Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for many years. It contains a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin. Studies have consistently shown positive results for pain reduction using 2000-3000mg of turmeric per day.
In Ayurvedic Medicine, it’s traditionally made into turmeric golden milk, a warming drink with anti-inflammatory benefits to help to reduce pain naturally.
The turmeric gets made into a paste with turmeric powder and water, with just a pinch of black pepper to help with absorption. The paste can then be mixed into any milk of choice such as coconut milk or almond milk.
I like to put the turmeric paste into warm water with a little of my homemade nut milk.
For increased absorption, it’s good to add some dietary fat to the drink or in a meal you have it with. You can try adding coconut oil for some added fat, and it will also help cut the bitterness.
Turmeric as a spice is bitter. I personally enjoy bitter foods like black coffee or dark chocolate, so it appeals to me. But if you find it to be a bit too much, the coconut oil can help reduce that bitter taste. You can also add some healthy sweetener such as pure maple syrup or a bit of stevia.
To use turmeric for pain reduction, try drinking this turmeric golden milk recipe twice per day. Each dose should provide you with approximately 2000-2500mg of turmeric. Do this for one week to see how well it works for you, then adjust the dose up or down as desired.
- 1/4 cup ground turmeric
- 1/2 cup water
- A pinch of black pepper
- Combine the turmeric, water and black pepper in a small pot over medium-high heat.
- Cook for 10 minutes or until you have a thick paste. Be careful not to let it burn.
- Add 1 tsp of the turmeric paste to a glass of water, non dairy milk or another beverage 2 times per day.
Heating turmeric helps to activate the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce your pain naturally. Improve absorption by adding a source of fat to your drink such as coconut oil or coconut milk.