Document Type : Review Article
1 Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Health Research Center, Life Style Institute, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
4 Chemical Injuries Research Center, Systemic Biology and Poisoning Institute, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, causing pain and progressive disability in millions of people worldwide. The commonly prescribed medications for OA, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, have many side effects which has led the scientists to consider safer drugs as an alternative. Therapeutic effects of Curcumin on OA are increasingly declared, and its various aspects in suppressing inflammation and reducing the disease progression are examined more thoroughly. This study aims to discuss curcumin and OA to help scientists working in these fields. In this brief review, we took a look at OA pathogenesis, the role of the immune system, and the biomarkers involved in the onset and progression of the disease. We focused on available data on the anti-inflammatory effect and mechanism of treatment by curcumin on OA.