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 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.
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.