Using Turmeric Liquid Phytocaps for inflammation
Alright so this is my big moment of putting my foot in my mouth. Here goes.
So for the last 14 years I have been depending – and I dont use this term lightly – DEPENDING on advil to get me through period pain. I’ll be honest, it did nothing but had an absolutely wonderful placebo effect. Then in June of last year, after I moved to Vancouver and my endo came back with a vengeance, I was so extremely lucky to get a specialist appointment at the BC Women’s clinic. The doc examined me and told me I had thoracic endo along with endo in other abnormal spots but I walked away with a prescription for Neproxin. Holy Moly this stuff was good! No exaggeration my endo was bad enough that I was taking a pill pretty often, and the meds were doing what it needed to do, but I was also smart enough to space it out as I was fully aware the damage long term use could do. Without sounding like a narc, I finally found something that could allow me to tolerate the pain at work.
But then… then… I got diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and all my NSAIDS were off the table! UGH! Tylenol 2 doesnt work for me. And Tylenol 3 has resulted in some pretty nasty text messages to friends and family that I had to face the next morning. So those are off the table as well. I was frustrated to say the least, and I was bitter. The first few months without anything for pain was driving me bonkers.
Ok so the foot in the mouth part. I was complaining to a friend who happens to be an ND that I can no longer take anti inflammatory drugs because of my UC. She walked away puzzled and confused as to why this would be, but I thought I was making sense. Turns out I overlooked the cardinal rule for NDs. The next time I saw her she was flailing her arms, scolding me for something I thought was quite smart in my mind. Anti-inflammatory drugs is a big umbrella in which NSAIDS fall under, but that umbrella also includes natural remedies like turmeric and curcumin. While I meant to say I couldn’t take NSAIDS, I replaced that with ‘anti-inflammatory’ and then got a beating for it. Truthfully, I had never thought to take something like a spice to reduce my inflammation as I imagined I’d be choking down jars of this stuff just to feel a difference.
Then my moment of realization came. I was visiting my boyfriend in Ottawa after 4 long weeks apart, and was crossing my fingers I wouldnt go into a flare. I didnt exactly have a flare but something I ate sure didnt want to stay in me. A few days of swollen belly and I was ready to take anything. I only had a few more days in Ottawa and I wasnt going to be spending it in the bathroom. I went outside to enjoy the air and noticed an apothecary across the street. I tried my luck at finding something I could take that would help the edema and the inflammation. With the help of a very informative store personnel I bought myself a bottle of Botanica Turmeric liquid phytocaps.
I was instructed to take 2 pills 3 times a day until I started to notice a difference, and then go down to 2 pills a day, every day. Within the first day, I was feeling stronger already. By the second day, I was feeling really good; both physically and emotionally. By day 3 I wouldnt have even known something had been wrong. I went down to 2 pills a day and have been taking these ever since. Here and there I forget to take them, but as soon as I feel a slight bit off I go right back on them. They are my new ‘go-to’ for pain and inflammation.