Dosage and Method: Turmeric

turmeric powder in coconut oilHow:  always with some fat or oil as it is lipophilic (oil soluble).  I use coconut oil.

How much:  For adults the official recommendation is up to 1.5 g. daily which will be about one very slightly rounded teaspoon which can be divided over two to three doses daily.  Therapeutic doses are considered to be 2-3 g. See cautions below.  Not recommended for small children under two.  For older children and those over 65, start with a low dose. There are varying opinions as to the dosage and confusion between the active ingredient curcumin and turmeric doses.

According to research, piperine, the active ingredient in black pepper will increase significantly the bio-availability of curcumin by 2000%.

Tea/drinks:  Some people like to take it as a tea, adding a little coconut oil and black pepper.   Others like to take it in warm milk with honey (Golden Milk recipe here) or hot cocoa.

Capsules:  Curcumin (the active ingredient in Turmeric) is available in capsule form.  Personally, I am not a fan of taking herbs (or spices) in such a concentrated active-ingredient-only-form.  This is not what nature intended nor herbal medicine traditions which understood the importance of the synergy of the whole plant matter, be it seeds, leaf, bark or root.  However, please consider organic turmeric which it may be quite helpful for therapeutic short term uses as a massive dosing therapy.  ‘Short term’ is the key word.  See cautions below.

Food:  A great way to take it, a curry is perhaps the best food method – but do you eat curry daily and with medicinal amounts of turmeric? I doubt it.  However, I have added turmeric throughout the day in my yoghurt, muesli, some soups, salad dressings and other dishes.  It gets a bit ‘old’ after a while and invariably I return to my favourite way which is in yogurt.

Fat/oil:  This is my modus operandi and part of my morning routine.  One teaspoon of coconut oil (turns solid in winter so I warm it a little) to  1/2 teaspoon of turmeric.  I add a good few turns of black pepper (for the piperine). This is most likely about 1/8 teaspoon. I repeat this in the afternoon.  These two doses will equal the recommended dose of  1g daily.  Of course you can use any non-inflammatory oil, however coconut oil is my personal favourite.
Lately, I have been using one dollop of full fat real yogurt (about one tablespoon) without the coconut oil to which I stir in the rest.

Caution regarding therapeutic doses:

    • Turmeric is used to lower blood sugar and may be problematic for diabetics taking diabetic medicines and hypoglycemics.
    • Turmeric also lowers blood pressure in high doses.  Do not take with herbs that have similar effect nor with chemical drugs such as antihypertensives that artificially lower the blood pressure.
    • It lowers the LDL (‘bad cholesterol) and raises the HDL (‘good cholesterol) and will boost the effect of chemical cholesterol lowering drugs.  Taken together, not a good idea.  Consider your choices. See statement in bold below.
    • It is a blood thinner and not to be taken in conjunction with such chemical blood thinners such as warfarin, coumadin, clopidogrel, or even aspirin, do not ingest turmeric in any form in more than low doses.
    • Therapeutic doses of turmeric taken with moderate to high doses of Ginko biloboa or garlic, all of which have blood thinning properties, should not be taken at the same time.
    • If you do take high doses of turmeric, stop at least a week prior to surgery (because it is a blood thinner).
    • May 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.
    • High doses may stimulate uterine contractions and menstrual flow.

It is worth considering that many people have successfully either weaned themselves off chemical drugs or at least lowered the doses over time. This also means, avoided the inevitable side effects of long term pharmaceuticals.  Consult with a health practitioner who is knowledgeable in natural methods, especially turmeric.

Warning!  Super food turmeric may seriously improve your health.  Read more about turmeric benefits – Spice:  Turmeric – Beyond Curry

Be sure to purchase your herb and spices from non-irradiated, organic and reliable sources for the full health benefit.  Grocery store herbs are good enough for seasoning but most likely have been radiated.  One company I have come to trust is “Simply Organic”.


Therapeutic doses of most any herbal preparation is seldom intended for long term use and were never intended to be used in that way.  Obviously, long term chemical ‘solutions’ have also negative effects.  Many herbalists and Naturopathic practitioners recommend taking breaks of a few weeks from any long term herb use.  However, some people eventually ease themselves off of pharmaceuticals and are happy with the results using natural methods and just as importantly, a healthier lifestyle.  Your health practioner (read my interpretation of that and my disclaimer here) should be consulted.


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304 comments… add one

  • sarah 01/03/2015, 13:23

    Hallo und danke for this article!
    I have trombozytämie and use to take 100mg aspirin/day. Now i take 1,5 tsp turmeric and you mentioned that turmeric is blood thinner. Is it ok to take it?


    • admin 02/03/2015, 16:55

      Hallo Sarah,
      Long term use of aspirin of any strength is known to cause problems in the intestinal tract and certainly the lining of the stomach. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory and is often prescribed for many issues that are related to inflammation, and as you know is also a ´blood thinner´.

      Turmeric, on the other hand is a food, is highly anti-inflammatory as well as anti-oxident and will not harm you (see cautions regarding gall bladder disease in this post) and is doing a plethora of good for the body in general.

      Both turmeric and aspirin are ´blood thinning´ – decreases platelet aggregation. I cannot advise you to stop your medication but what I can tell you is what I would do. Please see my disclaimer on this site – it may make you smile ;-) .

      What I would do if faced with the dilemma of aspirin or turmeric is to take the 1.5 tsp. turmeric using the proper protocol (fresh ground black pepper and some non-inflammatory oil such as coconut or olive oil) and reduce the aspirin by half. After a few weeks, I would have my blood checked (knowing that it will be good). Then I would stop the aspirin at all and again in a few weeks, check my blood work again. If the results weren´t what I wanted, I would increase the turmeric by 1/4 tsp. and check the blood work in a month.
      Often it is a matter of finding what dose works for you.

      Be sure to take your turmeric dose divided throughout the day. Research shows that turmeric taken in smaller doses throughout the day is more effective than all at once.

      Personally, I am all for taking time to wean oneself off of the pharma drugs using whatever natural method that works. Turmeric and aspirin LONG term, not a good idea in my opinion. Short term until one is weaned off, not a problem as I see it.

      Ich hoffe, meine Antwort hat Ihnen geholfen ;-)

      Be well!

  • Althea Lee 28/02/2015, 03:13

    Can you tumeric in your water if have a fibriod


    • admin 28/02/2015, 23:06

      Hello Althea,
      The short answer is yes. The longer explanation you will find at this link, where when you scroll down the chart gives info regarding curcumin, one of the most important (but not only) components of turmeric.

      I wonder sometimes at some of the studies I read, if when whole turmeric is used instead of curcumin, but taken properly (as you can read about in this post) how the results would be. Curcumin is notoriously difficult to be absorbed by the body. In effect a small amount does, but most is ‘excreted’ by the body – unless taken properly.

      Parallel to taking turmeric (properly), I would also suggest you look into Proteolytic enzymes and their effect on fibroids.

      Wishing you all the best. Be well!

  • Betty 23/02/2015, 16:52

    Hi, I’ve just learned that turmeric is fat-soluble. That being said,which way will I get the best benefits?

    1) Adding all ingredients, including my ground turmeric and coconut oil, to my Vitamix and blending together?

    2) Dissolving the turmeric in some melted coconut oil first before adding it to my smoothie and blending?

    Or will either way work?

    Thanks in advance

    • admin 23/02/2015, 20:12

      Either way will work. What is important is what ends up in your stomach whether cooked with food (stew, curry, vegetable soup), sprinkled on a slice of bread and eaten with a fried egg…or something a bit healthier like you suggested or in Golden Milk…doesn’t matter. This matters:
      1. Presence of some form of oil/fat.
      2. Freshly ground black pepper (for the piperine which acts as a booster for the curcumin.
      1 and 2 make the curcumin in the turmeric more bioavailable.

  • Anna 18/02/2015, 22:49

    Hi! I’ve been researching natural remedies for boils and came across your site when looking for safe doses. I am falling in love with all the great information and will be adding it to my diet. Right now I am working with more the therapeutic dose to help this nasty pain however I did take 2 asprin right before a teaspoon of turmeric in my eggs… Am I going to be ok?? No other site mentioned the warming except yours :/

    Much like the rest, mentioning adding it to foods and teas, I also found making it into a paste with water and applying directly to the boil. Do you think coconut oil would be a more effective solution?

    I am so excited to see where my Tumeric addition takes me!! Thank you so much for your information!!!!

    • admin 28/02/2015, 23:36

      Hello Anna,
      Somehow your comment got overlooked and I just ran across it whilst dumping spam – looks llike your comment was pulled in with the spam.
      Regarding having took the aspirin before taking the turmeric dose…perhaps not the ideal thing to do but as a one off, I am sure you noticed no problem. :-)

      I think I can safely assume your boil is past tense? Frankly, I have no personal experience using the coconut oil on boils with or without the turmeric. I would think turmeric is best taken internally and perhaps the coconut oil with tea tree essential oil on the boil – but this is just a guess and something I would do.
      Having said that, in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric and ginger mixed with water to a paste and gently heated for a few minutes (and allowed to cool to a comfortable temperature) is used on some wounds and infections.

      Thanks for your kind words, again I apologize for not catching your comment.

      All the best…be well!

  • Annabell Wilson 09/02/2015, 17:01

    Please can you advise me the quantities of turmeric coconut oil and cumin to use. I believe you can make it up and store in the fridge for some time. Do you cook the mixture. I want to try this to help arthritis etc. Thanks

    • admin 09/02/2015, 20:33

      Annabel, did you really mean cumin or were your referring to curcumin (in turmeric)? If you wish to address arthritis, then I think you will have much better results using turmeric, cayenne and of course the black pepper and an oil/fat source. The jury is still out whether cooking turmeric with water to a paste first before adding oil and black pepper to the end is more bio-available. It seems that for those who want the convenience of a paste form they can store in the refrigerator for a week or so, then cooking a paste makes sense. However, the scientific research and medical abstracts do not mention cooking it first. Research is done on raw turmeric root, dried powder from such or the curcumin extract.

      In my opinion, the suggestion to cook it first was to aid the bio-availability (and also to lessen the somewhat earthy taste) came before the research on piperine in pepper which acts as a synergistic activator of the curcumin in turmeric, boosting it bioavailability significantly. Until I locate research showing otherwise, cooking a paste of it is for the convenience and taste.

      As far as how much for your arthritis, I think try 1.5g daily of turmeric divided over three or four doses to which you add roughly 1/8 tsp. cayenne powder. See how you feel and add more cayenne per dose as you can tolerate it. Observe yourself and if needed increase also the turmeric. Refer to the therapeutic dose suggestions in this post. If you have high blood pressure, I think you will notice an improvement as well.

      Btw, cumin (Cuminum cyminum) has ‘some’ benefits for arthritis, but is more commonly used for digestive problems. Turmeric and cayenne would be a better combination, IMHO.

      For subscribers for my newsletter, I will be sending our a free pdf report with information that may be of interest to you.

  • Joann 07/02/2015, 05:33

    Thank you so much for your advice. My daughter told me the same thing. She also uses turmeric for her high blood pressure, and it’s working! But Is it good for lowering sugar too? How long do I have to wait for the medicines to get out of my system before I start taking turmeric. I want to take right away safety. Is it good for clearing arteries too? I want to give her your website it’s very good

    • admin 07/02/2015, 14:23

      Hello Joann,
      Thank you for your kind words. Yes, turmeric will help with high blood pressure, as does olive leaf extract however, in my own personal case I found that cayenne worked faster and with its effects more long term for me. Please see my posts on cayenne and cinnamon for info regarding lowering blood pressure and for addressing diabetes (especially Type 2 and pre-diabetics). Do a search on the site for each and you will find two posts per subject. I will be contacting you via email, dear.

      • Joann 09/02/2015, 00:24

        Hi I’m back, I am taking turmeric now three times a day instead of all that medicine, and I feel much better after the second day. Can I also take olive extract, and garlic with it? And does it act as a water pill also? Can I take cholesterol pils with it? Because of plaque. And can I take aspirins? Sorry for so many questions but we need to know. Thank you soo much!!! I will wait for your e-mail

        • admin 09/02/2015, 20:58

          Hello Joann,

          I am very pleased for you to read that you feel so much better. Wow! You stopped them cold turkey?
          Olive leaf extract is compatible with turmeric of course as is garlic…enjoy that fresh in your meals! However, with taking the turmeric as you are, I would suggest White Hawthorn extract for heart muscle strength and tonic. This is a well known herb since antiquity. Please do an online search for “white hawthorn” +heart health and you will see what I mean. Here is a link to start you:

          In Germany, we call it Weissdorn and it is recognized officially in the German Commission E (approved herbs for pharmacology). There is much research on it. But it is a gentle tonic that must be taken at least 3 months, after that a few times a week or as a boost taken for a few weeks at seasonal change – especially spring and autumn.

          Several foods act as a diuretic (your water pill question). Celery comes to mind, herbal infusions from dry herb include dandelion, stinging nettle and linden come to mind. These increase urination without depleting the electrolytes from the body – which what can happen with pharma diuretics. Besides the desired and gentle diuretic action, they have vitamins and minerals. I always suggest to my mother (85) dandelion tincture, which she takes in water…she does not like herbal infusions much ;-) …and celery and apple salad.

          I would not recommend aspirin but would recommend cayenne powder – which is an excellent vasodialator. Look for the cayenne article on my site for more info. I will address your other questions in the email. ;-)

          • Joann 10/02/2015, 17:28

            Hi it’s me again I have good news and bad news first the good news my daughter who is 40, still takes turmeric and it works perfectly for her. She has very high blood pressure, and liver damage which I think turmeric is perfect for her. It is working for her and hopefully is helping her liver problems because she said she is not ever stopping turmeric to take her pressure medicine. I did talk her into taking the water pills. I, however, had to go back to my meds because after the third day everything was getting out of control, and I was feeling bad. I do feel like turmeric helped me with the plaque situation because I feel healthier and stronger now when taking my meds. We also take different vitamins to put back in our bodies I think because of my heart situation I have to take another route like the tonic you told me about. I pray to God that turmeric continues to help her though. She is the one that gave me your site to read. Bless you and your family for helping people (FREE). I will continue to read your site, and take your advice.

  • Roz 06/02/2015, 01:38

    Hi there
    My 7 yr old son has cystic fibrosis(a lung disease)and type 1 diabetes. I’ve read up a lot on tumeric. Sounds like it’s healthy for everyone’s body. Has there been research done that tumeric can help cure either/both of the diseases my sons living with? I pray for cure soon…. Thanks for your time. God bless.

    • admin 06/02/2015, 18:57

      So sorry to hear of your son’s problems. My short answer to you is: yes. There is recent research on turmeric and CF. The ‘but’ here is that it most likely is too new yet to be known, let alone be accepted by the mainstream medical world doctors (who are in effect pharma educated). As you most likely know, there is MUCH resistance in the pharma funded medical schools and doctors graduating from them.

      Here is one mother’s recommendation…albeit a yahoo answers response but I found her response and details of her experience interesting:;_ylt=AwrSnJ9Az9RU9UgAKlq33IlQ?qid=20080525140659AA0JLa4

      Here are links to sources of research that I often use. These are scientific and medical research and abstracts sources. Here is but one scientific publication that I found for you. There are many more:
      The summary of the above article is here:

      I found this pdf by an MD and Phd doctor particularly interesting:
      and another (there is an email address there):
      You will find several curcumin/CF articles here on that site:

      The above site IS selling curcumin products (curcumin is one of the main active ingredients in turmeric) however they are backing up their product by much research.

      If I were you (and perhaps you have already) search online for turmeric +cystic fibrosis . Contact those sites that seem particularly non-commercial, or try to contact the doctors themselves for a protocol for amounts and method for your son. I have no experience with CF and do not feel qualified to even suggest amounts. Two things are paramount, however. One that oil/fat MUST be present when turmeric is taken for medical purposes and that black pepper (for the piperine in it) must be taken with it too. Both greatly enhance the bio-availability and effectiveness of turmeric. Also, please read my responses to some readers comments to this post regarding frequency.

      You are welcome to ‘my time’ and I sincerely hope this helps. I would very much appreciate it if you updated me with your son’s progress. Contact me via the contact page on this site.
      Blessings to you both. :-)

  • Hanif Mojumdar 05/02/2015, 04:29

    I am 48. I have IBS and had occult blood test positive. My weight reduced and was 54 kg. For last one year I have been eating raw turmeric root everyday morning in empty stomach. Now my weight increased and I am 58, I dont have the IBS problem. But I wonder, is there any problem or effects of eating raw turmeric root long term. I eat about 1.5 inche long , peeled fresh turmeric everyday. I also have one or two small cloves of garlic each day to prevent constipation. And that is helpful and have been doing this for last three years. Please advice me.

    • admin 06/02/2015, 01:22

      Hello Hanif,

      Congratulations that you are doing so well! Turmeric root or the powder are food supplements and I should think that the small bit of root that you daily ingest would pose no problem at all. Problems can occur taking pure curcumin rather than the whole dried or fresh root, or taking very large amounts of dried turmeric when there is an existing gall bladder problem etc. What you are doing, in my opinion is reasonable and safe. The addition of the fresh garlic is a boost and good idea, as it is good also for numerous reasons. Bravo, keep at it!

  • Deb 04/02/2015, 04:30

    My son is 18 years old. He often has pain in his stomach before a bowel movement. I believe he has IBS or soMy son is 18 years old. He often has pain in his stomach before a bowel movement. I believe he has IBS or something similar. He has a very sensitive stomach. He also has inflammation in his shoulder. I am thinking turmeric will help both these issues. Please give your suggestions
    Thanks in advance

  • Sandra 04/02/2015, 02:24

    Hi, my mother has a joint pain in her knee and it becomes worse for the last couple of years. I once read in an artiicle tea made from water, turmeric and ginger will help. I prefer to use a fresh turneric and ginger rather than the dry powder. What would be the dossage that is right for a person of her age. She is 81 years old.

    • admin 05/02/2015, 01:00

      Hello Sandra,
      There are numerous recipes for turmeric tea as well as Turmeric Milk (search this site for that post). No matter how you take it, follow the protocol in this post (regarding the importance of the oil/fat and black pepper with it to make it bioavailable). As a beginning dose, I always recommend 1/4 tsp twice daily for a week and gradually increasing to 3 times a day. Work up to what seems to help her. More is not always better. With turmeric, as its effect is short lived, lower doses throughout the day work better than one large one. Cayenne is also excellent. I take my turmeric in full fat yogurt (my fat source) with a good shake of cayenne, cinnamon and of course the black pepper. I stir in a little honey or maple syrup as well. Please read articles on this site regarding the benefits of cayenne, etc. Best of luck for your mother (mine is 85 and takes turmeric as well).

  • Robert 02/02/2015, 23:45

    I have an RP a rare eye disease that has no cure. I still have all of my vision but I am trying to prolong the slow progression until modern medicine catches up. I have heard that Curcuminhelps with certain gene’s of RP. I want to start taking some to see what it does to my body but dont want to take a toxic rate. What would be the best amount to start with?
    Thanks Robert

    • admin 05/02/2015, 00:37

      Hello Robert,
      So sorry to read of your eye disease. Turmeric is a food supplement…there really is no ‘toxic’ amount, unless like anything, one takes enormous amounts. Even just taking a few tablespoons daily will result in vomiting or at the least severe nausea. Even too much water (gallons daily) is ‘toxic.

      High doses of turmeric consistently (as in therapeutically) is not recommended for persons with gall duct or gall stone problems. So, in this case, yes it can be toxic…indirectly, as it encourages the production of bile.

      I would suggest to you try 1/4 tsp twice daily following the suggestions on how to take it in this post, increasing gradually to 1/2 tsp. twice daily (or even better, 1/4 tsp. four times daily). It is better to divide a total dose throughout the day than a single dose all at once. Curcumin’s effect is short lived, hence taking it in small amounts more frequently.

      Dr. Raadha Ayyagari research is behind the RP and turmeric connection. Perhaps you have read her name…here is a link with more info for you as well as a link to her page at the UC of San Diego.

      I have not been able to find a dose recommended for treating RP so I suggest to you to contact her through the above link. It is worth a try!

      Good luck!

  • Joann 31/01/2015, 21:11

    I have a few questions because I purchased turmeric.
    1- can i take it?i have tortuous thoracic aorta, mild coarse calcification projects over the breast shadows on lateral view. I am also taking oral prednisone 500mg mfg Roxane,azithromycin 250 mg mfg teva once daily for virus, Plus diabetic medicines, plus blood thinners. I am 71 years old is it safe for me to take with these medicines? Thank you for your information as soon as you can because I don’t want to delay in taking turmeric which I think can save my life.

    • admin 04/02/2015, 23:35

      Hello Joann,
      So sorry to hear of your health issues. Other than prednisone, I am not familiar with your medications. However, here is a site where you can type in the drug and check it against turmeric. Just click on ‘check now’, then ‘I agree’ on the next page. Then just type in turmeric. You will be shown more info…minor interactions and an option to see the whole list.
      In high theraputic doses, turmeric acts as a blood thinner too….so it is in my mind, one or the other…or lower doses of turmeric. Hope this helps you.


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