Is Curamin Comparable to a Narcotic?

The nutraceutical Curamin is not a narcotic. It contains BCM-95 Curcumin, a compound that has anti-inflammatory properties similar to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, reports a manuscript published on the website of the National Institute of Health. In one study, its pain relieving effect was similar to ibuprofen, WebMD reports.

Anti-inflammatory medications and compounds provide relief from short-term or long-term pain, explains WebMD. NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen and some prescription-strength medications, act by blocking the production of prostaglandins, chemicals produced in the body that cause pain. Curcumin acts in a similar manner by blocking the production of inflammatory cytokines, according to an abstract published on the website of the NIH. These types of treatments are most effective for the relief of mild to moderate pain caused by muscle aches, headaches and minor arthritis pain, WebMD explains.

By contrast, narcotics are pain relievers that act in the brain to decrease the sensation of pain, according to MedLine Plus.They are stronger than NSAIDs; therefore, doctors typically prescribe them for the short-term treatment of severe pain.

Curcumin is made from turmeric, a spice used in curries, mustard, cheeses and some medicines. Many people use turmeric to treat headaches, stomach upset, depression and dementia, notes WebMD. It is likely to be safe when taken by healthy people at standard doses for up to eight months. However, it may aggravate gall bladder problems, slow blood clotting, lower blood sugar in people with diabetes or decrease sperm motility in some men.