According to WebMD, the following turmeric dosages are required for each specific ailment:
- Upset stomach: 500 mg of turmeric, four times daily
- Osteoarthritis: 500 mg of a specific turmeric extract for this condition that contains 95% standardized powder, twice daily
- Rheumatoid arthritis: 500mg of curcumin, extract for this condition that contains 95% standardized powder, twice daily
According to Dr. Andrew Weil:
- 400mg – 600 mg curcumin (standardized), 3 times daily.
The dosing instructions can also vary in cases if you are in an acute stage, where you are in severe pain for instance.
In such a case you may need a higher turmeric dose for a few days to get things under control until you are feeling better, then the standard dose will be suggested.
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Week 1: Start with a small dosage of 1 gram of curcumin per day. If you see no side effects, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 2.
Week 2: Increase the dosage of curcumin to 2 grams/ day. Again check for any issues side effects etc. If everything looks fine, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 3.
Week 3: Double the dosage again to 4 grams/ day. Again if things look fine, continue for a week and go for the final step.
Week 4-8: Double a final time to 8 grams/ day. Continue this dose for 5 weeks.
Possible Side Effects of Large, Long-Term Turmeric Doses
- Turmeric can lower blood sugar as such diabetics and hypoglycemic should consult their doctor before taking.
- In high doses, turmeric lowers blood pressure as such do not take it with herbs that have a similar effect or with drugs such as antihypertensives that artificially lower your blood pressure.
- Do not take turmeric if you are taking cholesterol lowering medications as turmeric also lowers LDL (bad) and raises HDL (good) and can boost the effect of these drugs.
- Turmeric is a natural blood thinner and should not be taken in conjunction with blood thinners such as warfarin, coumadin, clopidogrel, or aspirin, or with herbs such ginko biloboa or garlic, all of which have blood thinning properties.
- Stop taking turmeric at least a week prior to surgery as turmeric thins the blood and can make it harder to stop bleeding during medical procedures.
- Turmeric can cause nausea if taken on an empty stomach.
- People having problems with the gall bladder or gall stones should avoid therapeutic doses of turmeric as it increases the bile production.
Turmeric is very safe in general. Side effects rarely occur and usually only when extremely high turmeric doses are taken for very long periods of time.
As such, if you are taking high doses, you should consult your health practitioner, especially if you will be taking it long-term