I often think myself the lucky ,as I don’t seem to have suffered pain like some of you do with Lipoedema. However in  the last year my hands and in particular my thumbs have  caused huge discomfort. I have spent a lot of time and money trying to work out what is going on. Eventually a few months ago, I discovered I had hypermobile thumbs and arthritis has set in at the base of them . I shouldn’t be surprised as seems  hypermobility is common amongst women with Lipoedema and I am now trying to relearn everything I do with my hands to protect this unstable joint. I am desperately trying to avoid painkillers of any sort to alleviate the pain, so in a last resort a few weeks ago, to get some relief ,I have turned to Turmeric capsules.

Turmeric is a close relative of ginger and the Ayurvedic healers have known about turmeric’s healing properties for centuries. The spice is thought to purify the body and has long been prescribed in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to treat arthritis, liver disorders, menstrual problems, and indigestion.

 Turmeric contains compounds that have powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. A growing body of research supports the notion that one such compound, curcumin, can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Last year, one study found curcumin was more effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis than prescription anti-inflammatories.

Turmeric is available in the supermarkets as a spice to use in cooking, in powder form; however, you would need to take large amounts (1 teaspoon or more three times a day). But if you want to reap  its medicinal benefits. Turmeric is also sold in capsules and liquid extracts, which you will be able to buy at your local herbalist or wholefood store.

 I have now been taking the Turmeric capsules  for two weeks ,the pain has lessen slightly so thumbs crossed it works.


Just a word of warning before I go .If you have a blood-clotting disorder, are taking blood-thinning medications, or have gallbladder disease, do not take medicinal amounts of turmeric or concentrated extracts of curcumin without consulting a health care practitioner, first.

By Izzimac