The spice, Turmeric, appears to be offering a new hope for Dialysis patients who experience intense itching (uremic pruritus). Uremic Pruritus affects many Dialysis patients especially those on Hemodialysis. It is a distressing symptom which has a negative impact on a patient's overall health and quality of life. Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients who are very itchy skip 2.6 more Dialysis Treatments per year on average, when compared with those who did not suffer the symptom, said Dr. Scott Sibbel (DaVita Inc.). This has been linked with a 15% higher mortality risk, which actually appears to be in large part due to disturbances in sleep quality, researchers reported.
At a self reported rate of 40% to 50%, severe itching is relatively high in Dialysis patients and turmeric is the first of its kind to offer a management solution, where previous therapeutic options and home remedies have largely been ineffective or unavailable. Springer International Publishing released findings to the Journal of Nephrology which highlighted that patients who took turmeric had a "significantly higher" reduction in itching with no observed side effects. A KidneyBuzz.com viewer and patient, Patricia Everman said, "It works!"
Turmeric has also been associated with pain relief, improved wound healing, anti-inflammation, natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and protects against several cancers. Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form and is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules. You can also find fun and new ways to use the spice in recipes at KidneyBuzz.com Daily Impact Meals section. Common recipes include adding a pinch of Turmeric to an egg salad or a tuna sandwich which can give the dishes a nice flavor and rich yellow hue. While this neat new simple spice treatment appears to provide a lot of patients with much needed relief, talk with your Dietitian to determine the right amounts for you, before including Turmeric into your diet
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