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Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.)

Parts used: scalded, dried rhizome

Constituents: curcuminoids, bitter principles, resin, volatile oil

Pharmacopoeia Standard: dried rhizome should contain no less than 2.5 per cent curcumin and no less than 20ml/kg of essential oil.

Actions: anti-inflammatory, cholagogue, stomachic, antioxidant, antibacterial, hypercholesterolaemic, mild anticoagulant.

Indications: mild digestive disturbances, rheumatic conditions.

Applications: Clinical trials have suggested that curcumin may have a more marked anti-inflammatory effect than hydrocortisone, and it is believed to be more antioxidant than Vitamin E. It is of value in the treatment of rheumatic and arthritic conditions. Turmeric’s bitter action stimulates the appetite and digestive secretions; it also increases mucus production, protecting the lining of the stomach. Its cholesterol-lowering action means that it is a valuable remedy for reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Safety: Contraindicated in biliary obstruction.

Dosage: 350mg three times a day



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