Chronic fatigue is an ailment that leaves you extremely tired for prolonged periods of time and limits your ability to perform routine activities. The exact cause of the syndrome is yet to be fully understood, however it is proved by clinical studies that certain types of infection or a damage to the immune system paves way for this condition. Since there is no defined cure for chronic fatigue disorder, the only way out is to improve the symptoms. Fibromyalgia syndrome is a similar disorder that is characterized by acute pain in the muscles and tissues. Similar to chronic fatigue, this disorder can also prevent a person from carrying his or her daily activities efficiently. There has been some hype about the use of natural products to treat chronic fatigue as well as fibromyalgia. Turmeric, a spice that is radiant yellow in color, and most commonly found in Indian cuisine is widely used as a natural remedy to treat various medical conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric which plays an important role in providing a wide range of health benefits. It is known to improve the conditions of fibromyalgia symptoms as well as reduce the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome. Though it is widely believed that curcumin can effectively treat both these disorders, there hasn’t been enough scientific evidence to prove the authenticity of the claim. More clinical evidences may be needed to understand the implications of using turmeric for specific health conditions.
Curcumin is extremely potent in its antioxidant properties which helps to combat free radicals that cause damage to the membranes of the cells. It is also known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties that alleviates inflammation caused by auto-immune disorders. Turmeric is known as an inexpensive anti-viral agent that reduces the level of viral replication of cells and safeguards cells from acquiring viral infection. It aids the digestion process thus protecting the digestive system. It is also highly antiseptic in nature and helps to treat cuts, wounds and bruises.
Several medical conditions such as cancer, alzheimer’s, eczema, arthritis etc are being treated by turmeric. Typically the dosage for curcumin as a healthcare supplement should be in the range of 450 mg to 3 g on a daily basis. It would also be helpful to consume tea that includes the root extracts of turmeric in appropriate levels. Needless to say, it is popular as a culinary item however the quantity used in cooking may be inadequate to treat medical conditions.
Though it is known to be a natural cure for various ailments including chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, it must be taken only in appropriate levels otherwise it may cause some side effects. Especially those who are pregnant and nursing, children who are less than 18 years of age, people with known medical conditions and those who take prescription medications should definitely consult a healthcare specialist before taking turmeric to treat the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.