2. Irritable Bowel Conditions
Coming under the umbrella of ‘IBD’, or inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease is another condition of inflammation caused by the body’s immune system attacking the digestive tract (another autoimmune disease, as with rheumatoid arthritis). The symptoms have some crossover with those of other bowel disorders and can include diarrhoea, bloating, vomiting, bleeding from the rectum and severe abdominal discomfort. As with rheumatoid arthritis, the curcumin in turmeric can interfere with the body’s inflammatory signalling, therefore reducing the level of swelling in and around the digestive tract. The use of curcumin combined with other dietary and lifestyle changes has the potential to relieve symptoms of the disease for the patient.