Curcumin for Osteoarthritis - Frankly Speaking EP 216Guest: Alan M. Ehrlich, MD, FAAFP
Music Credit: Richard Onorato
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common problem seen in the primary care setting, but pharmacologic treatments do not alter the course of the disease and they are often associated with side effects or contraindicated in many older patients. Curcumin is an herbal treatment that has been shown to be effective for treating symptoms of OA. Join us for this episode as we discuss the evidence for curcumin in treating OA, and how to counsel patients on its use.
Episode References and Resources:
- Wang Z. et al. Effectiveness of Curcuma longa Extract for the Treatment of Symptoms and Effusion-Synovitis of Knee Osteoarthritis : A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2020 Dec 1;173(11):861-869.
- Daily JW, Yang M, Park S. Efficacy of Turmeric Extracts and Curcumin for Alleviating the Symptoms of Joint Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. J Med Food. 2016 Aug;19(8):717-29
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- Understand how curcumin can help treat osteoarthritis (OA)
- Review the evidence for use of curcumin in knee OA
- Counsel patients on how to use this nonpharmacologic treatment
Frank J. Domino, MD
Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health,
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Alan M. Ehrlich, MD, FAAFP
Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School,
Executive Editor, DynaMed
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