Fact Check: Does Turmeric Cure PID?

Turmeric has been fronted by non-medical authors and practioners to be effective in the cure for pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) .

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a very serious disease of the female reproductive system that if not treated will lead to tubal blockage,sepsis, chronic pelvic pain,  infertility and ectopic pregnancy.  PID is common among sexually active females and the causative organisms are Neisseria gonorrhea , Chlamydia trachomatis,  and ureaplasma urealyticum.

Women with PID experience lower abdominal pains,  pain during intercourse,  pain during urination,  dysmenorrhoea,  vagina discharge and fever.

Early diagnosis and commencement of treatment is key.  Antibiotics remain the mainstay of treatment for PID and most be followed through.

Other authors have suggested turmeric to be effective for cure of PID but with no scientific backing.  It is worthy of note that poorly treated PID is a major cause of tubal blockage and infertility. As far as I concerned, “treating” PID with turmeric, ginger,  baking soda,  bitterleaf,  Epsom salt,  castor  oil,  yoghurt, garlic,  apple cedar vinegar is outright quackery and should be discouraged. It does not work!

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As at now,  these herbal medicine or home remedies for pelvic inflammatory disease have no scientific backing. Their mechanism of action is either vague or non-existent.  Yes, they may relieve symptoms like vaginal itching and smelly discharge when used to douche the vaginal but turmeric and  other herbal concoctions does not kill the causative organism of PID and so do not cure the disease.  You need to see a doctor and get properly treated.

These  are two  of the excerpts I copied from some of the articles on herbal treatment for PID and it reads. .. ..

“Since turmeric has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, its powder is can also be used to treat bacterial infections of the vagina, excess vaginal discharge and in particular, PID.

Take one tablespoon of turmeric powder and gently simmer the powder in some milk. Drink at least one glass a day.”

Another author writes thus:

“Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin with powerful antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight the infection as well as relieve symptoms. In addition, turmeric is good for your immune system. Boil 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk. Drink it once daily until the symptoms subside. Take tumeric supplements, 500mg 3 times per day.”

It is like magic!  These authors are not doctors and will never tell you to see a doctor . Though it may look cheap but the complications of untreated pelvic inflammatory disease are far too expensive.  Many women looking for “fruit of the womb” today have tubal blockage. They wish they had made the right decision of seeing a qualified doctor to properly treat their STDs.

Still in doubt?  Does turmeric cure PID? Perhaps Wikipedia’s  point of view on turmeric for medicinal  purposes may help……

“Turmeric and curcumin, one of its constituents, have been studied in numerous clinical trials for various human diseases and conditions, but the conclusions have either been uncertain or negative. Claims that curcumin in turmeric may help to reduce inflammation remain unproven as of 2017.”

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