Re: Feeding Turmeric to IR & PPID horses

Maxine McArthur

Hi Tori
So as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis pain? 
There isn't a whole lot in our files on turmeric (or its active ingredient, curcumin). It's not recommended to feed in conjunction with jiaogulan or Mov-ease. It is mentioned as an anti-inflammatory along with Devils Claw and boswellia, in the document on herbal alternatives to NSAIDs. 

I did a search of the messages (if you do the same, make sure you use two 'r's--ask me how I know, lol). 
Dr Kellon has commented on curcumin here:
See also this message thread from last year:  
It is mentioned that turmeric may increase insulin here:
and here (links to studies):

My take on this is that if you have a non-IR horse with arthritis, you might try turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, making sure you use enough to be effective (see the first two message threads). I did try turmeric many years ago with an older horse who had bad hock arthritis. It made no difference to his comfort, but he did quite like the taste. I did not like the yellow stains on my buckets and benchtops and fingernails.
However, given that there is a possibility of interference with insulin secretion, I'd steer clear of it for a PPID or IR horse. 

As always, I defer to Dr Kellon and more experienced moderators if I've got this wrong, or if there are any new studies out there. 

Maxine and Indy (PPID) and Dangles (PPID)

Canberra, Australia 2010
ECIR Primary Response


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