A human study has determined that turmeric extracts are as efficacious and safe as (if not safer than) ibuprofen for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
More than 100 patients with primary knee osteoarthritis received either ibuprofen or turmeric extracts each day for 6 weeks. At the end of the period, improvement in pain on level walking, pain on stairs, and functions of knee were assessed.
According to the study, as reported by Green Med Info:
“Baseline characteristics of the patients in both groups were not different ... No significant difference of adverse events between both groups was found”.