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Turmeric

Also indexed as:Curcuma longa, Curcumin
Turmeric: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Curcuma longa

Parts Used & Where Grown

The vast majority of turmeric comes from India. Turmeric is one of the key ingredients in many curries, giving them color and flavor. The root and rhizome (underground stem) are used medicinally.

  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Osteoarthritis

(Ashwagandha, Boswellia)
1,000 mg daily boswellia resin herbal extract or two capsules, three times per day of Aticulin-F (formula containing 100 mg boswellia, 450 mg ashwagandha, 50 mg turmeric, and 50 mg zinc) 3 stars[3 stars]
A combination of boswellia, ashwagandha, turmeric, and zinc effectively treated pain and stiffness in one study, without the stomach irritation that is a common side effect of NSAIDs.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
500 mg four times per day, for indigestion2 stars[2 stars]
In a double-blind trial, turmeric was found to relieve indigestion.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
400 mg of curcumin three times daily2 stars[2 stars]
Turmeric's active constituent, curcumin, is a potent anti-inflammatory compound that protects the body against free radical damage.
Alzheimer's Disease
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In case reports, three patients with Alzheimer's disease showed improvements in symptoms such as irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy after supplementing with turmeric.
Atherosclerosis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Turmeric's active compound curcumin has shown potent anti-platelet activity in preliminary studies.
Bursitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Some doctors recommend using the anti-inflammatory herbs boswellia, turmeric, willow, and topical cayenne ointment for bursitis.
Chronic Anterior Uveitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Preliminary research indicates a possible benefit of turmeric extract for inflammation of the iris and middle coat of the eyeball chronic anterior uveitis).
Crohn's Disease
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been reported to have anti-inflammatory activity. In one study, people given turmeric saw an improvement after three months.
Genital Herpes
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Research research suggests that substances found in turmeric have potential benefit for topical prevention of genital herpes.
HIV and AIDS Support
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Turmeric may be a useful herb with immune effects in people infected with HIV. One trial found that curcumin, turmeric's main active compound, helped improve CD4+ cell counts.
Low Back Pain
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Turmeric is an herb known traditionally for its anti-inflammatory effects, a possible advantage for people suffering from low back pain.
Pre- and Post-Surgery Health
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects. One trial found curcumin (from turmeric) was more effective than anti-inflammatory medication for relieving postsurgical inflammation.
Ulcerative Colitis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Curcumin, a compound in turmeric, is anti-inflammatory and may improve symptoms of ulcerative colitis.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric was prescribed for treatment of many conditions, including poor vision, rheumatic pains, and coughs, and to increase milk production. Native peoples of the Pacific sprinkled the dust on their shoulders during ceremonial dances and used it for numerous medical problems ranging from constipation to skin diseases. Turmeric was used for numerous intestinal infections and ailments in Southeast Asia.

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