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How is turmeric used as an anti-inflammatory?

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Turmeric is ingested orally when used as an anti-inflammatory, reports WebMD. The common dosage is 500 milligrams of turmeric several times daily to treat heartburn, stomach ache, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Turmeric is the main spice of curry and is commonly used in mustards as well. Turmeric is also commonly used in medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties, reports WebMD. Dosages vary depending on the condition present. To treat heartburn or stomach ache, four doses of 500 milligrams turmeric extract is recommended. Pain from osteoarthritis can be reduced using two doses of 500 milligrams of Indena Meriva turmeric extract. Osteoarthritis can also be treated using four doses of 500 milligrams generic turmeric extract. Rheumatoid arthritis requires two doses of 500 milligrams BCM-95 turmeric extract.

While this spice is usually administered orally, it can be used topically to treat infected wounds, ringworm, leech bites, eye infections and bruising, according to WebMD. Topical application of turmeric can have positive effects on a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, acne and psoriasis, according to Turmeric for Health. To administer turmeric topically, a salve can be created by adding 4 tablespoons turmeric to 1 tablespoon milk and 4 tablespoons honey. Alternatively, an ointment can be made mixing turmeric with sesame or olive oil.

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