In yesterday’s post, we took a look at some of the best, most basic herbal remedies for natural pain relief. It’s very important to find a natural pain reliever, as you don’t want to rely on store-bought medications every time you get a headache. It isn’t good for the body, and it can be disastrous in the long-term. Those who live with chronic pain, such as arthritis patients, need more than anyone to find the best natural pain reliever for their own circumstances. This is because commercial painkillers are known by everyone (yes, even those who don’t advocate natural remedies) to run the risk of causing dependency or addiction.

Everyone agrees that it can be very dangerous to regularly depend on store-bought painkillers, but when it comes to which natural remedies are most successful we tend to disagree sometimes. For example, turmeric has been treasured for centuries for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. But still, not everyone believes in natural remedies.

This is why it’s especially helpful for us to listen to the skeptics and questioners. What do these people, who often rely on large-scale clinical studies, have to say about the natural cures we know and love? What does it mean if they’re still on the fence?

Today, we look at an excerpt from an article in TIME Magazine. The writer, Dr. Scott Haig, was introduced to turmeric as a pain reliever by his patient Jerry. Read more to see how he perceived the effects of turmeric as a doctor:

Can Turmeric Relieve Pain? One Doctor’s Opinion

At the University of Arizona, researchers led by endocrinologist Janet Funk injected a bacterial substance known to cause joint inflammation (which is what arthritis ultimately is) into the bellies of the rodents. If the researchers gave them turmeric first (also by injection into the abdomen), there was far less joint swelling produced. A specific active ingredient of the turmeric worked better still. A rigorous protocol and pictures of the rats’ normal and swollen joints convinced me there was a real effect. Further experiments by the group even showed how turmeric turns down inflammation, by blocking production of the protein that turns on the gene that tells tiny blood vessels to grow.

Jerry was a post-op marvel. There are some patients in their 70s who surprise us with how quickly they recover from an operation. And yes, we did it the minimally invasive way. But Jerry outperformed them all. A week post-op, he walked in without a cane, without a limp, got up from a chair faster than I can and showed me a healed surgical wound that looked a month old. The “stiffness” was gone; he now had normal range of motion. Jerry was quite pleased — happy with my job — but there was also an air of pride or confidence, perhaps victory, about him. He was just so convinced that he had been eased by and sped through the healing process thanks to turmeric.

I still chalked it up, then at least, to psychology. This worked fine until about six weeks ago, when we did his other hip. He got better even faster. Home the second day. No pain meds. Lots of yellow capsules on the table. I decided to get some for myself.