Forcing a smile, Karen Parziale told her co-worker, “You go on ahead, I’ll call an Uber and meet you there.” The pain in her hip was so bad that she could barely stand, much less walk the five blocks to her client’s office. I can’t go on this way, she despaired.
Karen’s agony had started 15 years earlier, when, after a fall, she developed bursitis in her hip — an inflammation of the bursa, or fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones and tendons near the joints.
At first, she tried over-the-counter pain relievers, but they’d provided minimal relief. As time passed, the pain grew more intense and eventually forced her to give up strolling around her bustling hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, where she also worked as a professional real estate stager and interior designer. Karen was used to being on-the-go for 10 or more hours a day, running up and down stairs, moving furniture, and carrying home decor items around properties. But her chronic, debilitating pain soon forced her to hire others to take over those tasks.
Over the years, Karen went for physical therapy and to a chiropractor. She tried massage, heat therapy and plain old rest, but nothing had eased her pain. Her doctor’s only other suggestion was prescription pain medicine, which she didn’t want to take for fear of side effects.
But living day in, day out in constant agony, Karen grew depressed. Will I ever find relief? she despaired.
Then, one night in 2019, unable to sleep yet again due to an intense stabbing sensation that radiated through her legs, Karen decided to research holistic remedies for bursitis and hip pain online. To her surprise, she found studies that linked the spice turmeric to a reduction of the painful inflammation in joints that caused ailments like arthritis and bursitis. The reason, Karen learned, was due to turmeric’s main active ingredient, curcumin, a substance that functions as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Hopeful, Karen bought some turmeric and started sprinkling it on foods like hummus, stews, and soups. She also purchased Qunol Extra Strength Turmeric Curcumin Complex 1,000 mg. supplements (Buy from Qunol.com, $29.99) to take twice daily. And to her amazement, in less than a month, her hip pain started to subside.
With each week, she felt better, and after just three months, she was sleeping soundly all night long, able to work all day and go for walks around town — totally pain-free thanks to the turmeric supplements.
“The results have been completely transformative!” the 62-year-old beams. “This low-cost spice changed my life. I feel like a new person. I’m back to being active and loving my life.”
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.
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