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Curcuma longa (Turmeric)

Common name: Turmeric

Part used: Rhizome (7)

Active Constituents: Curcumin 0.3-5.4%, volatile oil 4-14% (turmerone, atlantone, zingiberone), sugars, resins, protein, vitamins (Vit C), minerals.(7)

Actions: * Anti-inflammatory (14) (both volatile oil & curcumin – acute inflam) (7)

    • Anti-platelet (14)
    • Hypocholesterolaemic (14)
    • Hepatic (14) – hepatoprotective & choleretic
    • Antioxidant(Increases Phase II liver detoxification) (11 & 7)
    • Anticarcinogenic (7)
    • Antimicrobial (7)
    • Carminative (7)

Indications: * Arthritis & inflammatory disorders (7)

  • Cancer – prevention & Rx (7)
  • Hypercholesterolemia (14)
  • Atherosclerosis (7)
  • Liver & GB disorders (5)
  • Cholelithiasis (7)
  • GIT dysbiosis (7)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (7)
  • Poultice: sprains, muscular pain, inflamed joints with slaked lime (5)

Caution: High doses may damage GIT mucosa (100mg/kg body weight) (7)

Dosage: FE (1:1) 1.7-4.8ml tds

Curcumin 400-600mg tds (7)

Turmeric 8000-60 000mg tds (7)

Best taken with Bromelain to increase absorption of curcumin:

20 minutes before meals, or, with lecithin, fish oils or EFAs: with meals


 

Bibliography

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  • (7) Murray, M. The Healing Power of Herbs, Prima Publishing: USA, 1995.
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  • (11) Melanie Koeman, Materia Medica Class Notes, Nature Care College, 1998.
  • (12) Mediherb, Modern Phytotherapist, Vol 3, No. 1, Summer 1996, p.10
  • (13) Mediherb, Monitor, No.25, March 1998.
  • (14) Mediherb, Summary of Uses of Ayuvedic & Chinese Herbs, 1998.

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