Turmeric is derived from the rhizomes (underground stems) of the plant Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family. It is responsible for the yellow color of Indian curry and American mustard. Curcumin, which has a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is the most active constituent of turmeric. It has been extensively studied and tested over the last several years for its antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory clinical properties with promising results.
Since lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease, the type of treatment should be tailored for each individual person. Doctors may prescribe one, two, or more medicines at a time to maximize treatment response. For many people, joint pain and stiffness are the first symptoms of lupus, or a sign that a flare is coming on. Some clinical studies have been conducted that showed some signs and symptoms were reduced in some autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis but clinical trials have not been conducted to determine if curcumin has a similar effect with lupus.
Turmeric is relatively safe to use and if you would like to include that into your treatment plan for joint inflammation, please discuss that with your physician before taking them especially in the form of extracts/supplements/oils.