Turmeric for MRSA - Does It Really Work?

MRSA, which stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is a type of bacteria that is resistant to many potent antibiotics.

As a result, it is extremely difficult to get rid of the bacteria once a person contracts it. Although this type of infection was once thought to be confined to hospital settings, it can now be found in the general population as well.

Many people are looking for ways to get rid of these infection using natural remedies instead of using potent antibiotics, which is often not effective against MSRA. Indeed, it is because the infection keeps coming back that it forces a person to look for alternative solutions.

There is a lot of discussion on the internet on using turmeric for killing off MRSA. But are there any good research evidence to show that it actually works? Read on to find out...

Research studies on using turmeric for MRSA type bacterial infections

Although there are no clinical studies to show whether taking turmeric orally helps to eradicate the bacteria, studies done on bacterial cell cultures show that it has antibacterial properties.

Here's the reference to this study:

turmeric for mrsa reference picture

In this study, the researchers showed that curcumin, the main active ingredients found in turmeric, made conventional antibiotics more effective at stopping MRSA invasion of human cells.

In essence, this meant that a lower dose of the antibiotic could be used and be still as effective.

From this, many people theorize that turmeric may be helpful in treating MRSA infections when combined with conventional antibiotics.

But we can't conclude from a simple lab study whether it would work for treating a MRSA infection in human subjects.

Nevertheless, anecdotal reports suggest that turmeric may be helpful in treating skin and nasal passage way infections. We have searched the internet and combined several useful tips and tricks that others have tried.

Taking turmeric for bacterial infections

Anecdotal reports suggest taking about 5 grams (1 teaspoon) of turmeric powder three times daily may be helpful in preventing or treating bacterial staph infections.

Mix with 120 mL (1/2 cup) of water and drink. Instead of water, it can also be mixed with the same amount of yogurt.

Turmeric's antibacterial benefit may help support the effectiveness of conventional antibiotic therapy. This is especially true if a person suffers from recurring MRSA infections despite using multiple courses of antibiotics.

Indeed, if you are currently on an antibiotic to treat MRSA infections, do not stop it. Instead, you might want to consider taking turmeric along with the prescribed antibiotic.

Applying turmeric for nasal infections

Make a turmeric nasal gel by mixing 2.5 grams (1/2 teaspoon) of turmeric powder with 60 mL of aloe vera gel. (There's no study to show what would be a good concentration so this is a suggested starting dose.)

Apply the gel into the nasal passages using a Q-Tip two to three times daily.

There are anecdotal reports that combining turmeric with grape seed extract or tea tree oil worked just as well.

Keep in mind that tea tree oil is irritating to the nasal tissue and a low dose should be used. (See Dosage Recommendations for Tea Tree Oil for complete details).

Some users have used this gel formulation along with taking turmeric orally. (See Recommended Turmeric Dose for more details on dosages to consider.)

Others have also used a sinus irrigation solution to clean out the sinuses in additional to applying the turmeric gel.

Beware that some people may experience irritation so use a very small amount of the turmeric gel first to test out. If irritation occurs, make a more dilute formulation (e.g. use 1 gram of turmeric in 60 mL of aloe vera gel) or discontinue use.

Using turmeric for boils and skin infections

The same nasal turmeric gel formulation can also be applied to boils and other infected skin areas. A higher concentration of the turmeric gel can be used since the skin is less sensitive than the tissues found inside of the nostrils.

Use 5 grams (1 teaspoon) of turmeric powder and mix with 30 mL to 60 mL of aloe vera gel. Apply the gel to the boil or infected skin two to three times daily.

Keep in mind that applying a tea tree oil cream is more effective for getting rid of MRSA skin infections.

The article Tea Tree Oil for MRSA Infections discusses this use in complete detail along with directions on how to make it.

Bottom line

turmeric curcuminTurmeric seems to have the ability to enhance the effect of antibiotics for kill off MRSA infections. However, clinical evidence is lacking as to whether it would work in MRSA infections in human subjects.

Anecdotal reports suggest that it may be helpful when applied externally on the skin and in the nasal passage way. However, it is probable that conventional antibiotic therapy will also be required.

Of course, if the infection is serious or is getting worse, always seek the help of a qualified health care professional.

See Turmeric Benefits to find out all the ailments this herb can be used for.

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