Eighteen months ago I was in a mother and fathers roller disco race and a father pushed me out of the way causing me to fly, and crack my Medial Malleolus, the bone that sticks out on the inside of your ankle.
The medical consultant told me that if its splits away it will need a screw, if not then it will likely take more than 12 months to heal.
The pain towards the end of the day has been awful, plus, for some reason, my Achilles tendon on the other foot is incredibly stiff, painfully so, both of them making my TAGB Taekwondo tough to focus on.
The medical community tell me it will take time, use Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Asprin to cope with the pain, however I believe pain is the body saying something, masking it is likely to make things worse.
So I endeavoured on a mission to find out what the internet might have as a view, and I discovered both for people and horses Turmeric is recommended. In fact Dr English, http://turmericlife.com.au/turmeric-recipes-golden-paste/ a vet has a whole world of followers with some 190 members on his closed Facebook group.
A friend, who uses the Golden Paste for acne suggested I tried it, as it works wonders.
So I started with a teaspoon (3g) of Turmeric and some black pepper on sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes, pizza and in 4-days I went a whole day without pain.
So next to find out how to make Golden Paste, and I discovered many, many recipes, all about the same, but all using units of measure I have no clue about. For instance, 1/2 cup of Turmeric and 1/2 cup of coconut oil, what size cup, how does that translate.
Additionally, the coconut oil I bought was solid, not liquid, and those that mention a measure I could use stated 70ml, written again the American way of 70mils.
Posting on Facebook provided lots of help, people telling me to use the internet, lots of conversion sites that can help .. however, none of them provides a conversion from a liquid oil to a solid oil.
So, I took 100g of solid coconut oil and placed it in a bowl and placed the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water as you would when melting chocolate. Once melted I then poured it into a chemistry graduated vial, 70ml. Perfect, now I have the measures:
- 65g Organic Turmeric power
- 250ml Water
- 75g Manuka Honey (optional sweetner)
- 100g Solid Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 3g Organic Powered Black Pepper
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon Powder (optional spicy sweetner)
- a pinch Low Sodium Salt
The process is so simple, the toughest part is knowing how much it will make and finding a suitable jar to put it in when you have finished as you need to store it in the fridge.
I doubled all the above and ended up with much more than I intended .. ooops!
- Mix water and Turmeric together in a pan on the hob with a wooden spoon who you don’t mind being yellow for the rest of time, and bring the mix to a simmer. Add extra water if needed, it needs to be quite a thick paste, something like plaster for walls or even those DIY wall fillers that come in tubes.
- Add all Black Pepper, the Cinnamon (if spicy sweet is interesting) and the slat and cook on simmer while mixing for 5 minutes. Don’t let it boil.
- Add the Coconut solid oil, it will melt quickly and mix until it eventually disappears, it will, you just have to believe it will and keep mixing!
- Turn off the heat.
- While cooling, add the honey, if this is your preferred sweetner, and blend thoroughly.
- While still runny, pour into clean jars and refrigerate.
I’ve tried it without sweetner (Turmeric has a bitter flavour), with cinnamon and with honey and I prefer with cinnamon or plain. I like honey, but not in this case.
The mix should last many weeks in the fridge as the ingredients are all anti-microbial and the cooking will have killed any other items, like moulds, etc. that might have been present in the raw ingredients.
The Black pepper is reported to be key to the success of this, it contains Piperine which apparently increases the bioavailability of just about everything. That is other medication you may be on will be enhanced by black pepper, and Curcumin (the active component in Turmeric) has been reported with some insane increased levels of effectiveness.
There are all sorts of claims of Golden Paste on anti-inflammatory capabilities especially in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory conditions. Curcumin is able to inhibit the activity of cytokines and enzymes such as COX-1 and COX-2. It has been recommended as a treatment for chronic neurodegenerative diseases in combination with lower doses of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)….
However, never believe what you read about on the internet, so who knows whether it does all of that.
What I can say, is a week of taking my Golden Paste an neither of my ankles ache, at all. Now, its been 18 months, nearly two years since the race and the ankle smash, so perhaps it all healed just the same week as I started to take 1/2 teaspoon a day, in 2 doses (morning and night). Others have said its all in the mind, and taking the paste is having me believe it works, maybe …
What I do know is that it’s working, rather amazingly in fact. I will keep going another 4 weeks and see where it gets me, but for now I am amazed.