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Alternative Names

Curcuma, Curcumae Longa, Curcumae Longae Rhizoma, Curcumin, Curcumine, Curcuminoid, Curcuminoïde, Curcuminoïdes, Curcuminoids, Halada, Haldi, Haridra, Indian Saffron, Nisha, Pian Jiang Huang, Racine de Curcuma, Radix Curcumae, Rajani, Rhizoma Cucurmae Longae, Safran Bourbon, Safran de Batallita, Safran des Indes, Turmeric Root, Yu Jin CAUTION: Please refer to separate listings for Javanese Turmeric, Zedoary, Goldenseal

Scientific Name

Curcuma Longa

Why Do People Use Turmeric?

Oral preparations of Curcuma longa (Turmeric), like turmeric powder, are used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, abdominal pain, flatulence, jaundice, loss of appetite, kidney inflammation, worms, liver and gallbladder conditions and for hepatitis. It is also used for bronchitis issues, headaches, respiratory infections, common cold, leprosy, fibromyalgia, amenorrhea, fever problems and cancer. Other uses include for Alzheimer's disease, depression, edema, anterior uveitis, dyspepsia, diarrhea, hemorrhage, abdominal bloating and cystitis. Topically - Turmeric powder is used topically for the treatment of ringworm, analgesia, leech bites, bruising, inflammatory skin conditions, eye infections, infected wounds and inflammation of the oral mucosa. In Food and Manufacturing Activities - The essential oil of turmeric is used in perfumes; its resin is used as a coloring agent and it is also used as a flavoring agent in foods. Turmeric is an important culinary spice.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Topically or orally consumed turmeric is thought to be safe. Turmeric powder and its associated constituent called curcumin have been safely used in various clinical trials up to 8 months. Likely Unsafe In Pregnancy - Pregnant females should avoid Curcuma longa specially when used orally in medicinal preparations because it may stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow. Avoid in Lactation - Turmeric is not advised during breast feeding specially when consumed orally in medicinal amount because there is inadequate and unreliable information available about its safety.

How Effective Is Turmeric?

Turmeric powder maybe effective for following conditions: • Dyspepsia • Osteoarthritis There is lack of reliable and authentic information to rate the effectiveness of turmeric in following health conditions: • Alzheimer's disease • Anterior uveitis • Colorectal cancer • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) • Skin cancer

How Turmeric Works?

The most effective part of Curcuma longa is the rhizome. Turmeric's basic active constituents are curcuminoids including curcumin (diferuloylmethane), which is a yellow pigment utilized as a food coloring agent. Curcumin appears to have anti-inflammatory effects potentially by repressing leukotrienes, prostaglandins, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and other cytokines involved in pro-inflammatory signaling pathways. Turmeric likewise shows chemopreventive and inhibitory actions against a few tumor cell lines. It appears to actuate apoptosis in malignancy cells and may hinder angiogenesis. Curcumin may diminish production of procarcinogenic eicosanoids, for example, prostaglandin-E2 and 5-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (5-HETE), by the inhibition of cyclooxygenases and 5-lipoxygenase pathways. Initial studies propose that curcumin can also decrease precancerous rectal unusual crypt foci. Curcumin may have antithrombotic impacts. Other clinical researches also suggest that curcumin and turmeric powder may also have immunostimulatory impacts. In a random, study plasma vitamin E enhanced after six months of treatment with 1 to 4 grams per day of curcumin, potentially demonstrating that antioxidant impacts of curcumin sparing vitamin E. Clinical experiments suggest that curcumin may have effects in Alzheimer's diseases. In animal models, curcumin leads to decreased in brain amyloid, aggregation of amyloid beta, decreased plaque formation, and oxidized protein levels. Turmeric also appears to have influence on some human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), bacteria and the protozoan Leishmania amazonensis.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Turmeric?

Generally, turmeric does not have severe side effects. Common side effects are gastrointestinal that include diarrhea, dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux, distension, vomiting and nausea. High doses of Curcuma longa may not be safe. There is one case report that a patient orally using excessive amount of a multi-ingredient product containing of turmeric experienced atrioventricular heart block. The patient orally used turmeric in a dosage between 1500 to 2250 mg twice every day for one month before facing the adverse effect. Other ingredients included in the product were mulberry leaves, black soybean, arrowroot and garlic. Topical consumption of turmeric can result in allergic dermatitis.

How Turmeric Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Antiplatelet / Anticoagulant Supplements or Herbs - Combination of turmeric powder and herbs that are responsible for decreasing platelet aggregation could theoretically enhance the bleeding risks in some individuals. Herbs in this category include ginger, red clover, Panax ginseng, clove, willow, angelica, garlic, danshen, ginkgo and others herbs as well.

How Turmeric Interacts With Drugs?

Antiplatelet or Anticoagulant Drugs - Interaction Rating between Curcuma longa and antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs is moderate so be careful about this mixture. This mixture may enhance the potential bleeding risks because of decreased amount of platelet in the blood. Such drugs include clopidogrel (Plavix), aspirin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), warfarin (Coumadin), dalteparin (Fragmin), ticlopidine (Ticlid), heparin and others as well.

How Turmeric Interacts With Foods?

There is no known interaction between turmeric powder and various food items.

How Turmeric Interacts With Lab Tests?

There is no known interaction between turmeric powder and lab tests.

How Turmeric Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Bile Duct Gallstones & Obstruction - Curcuma longa can result in gallbladder contractions. So the patients suffering from gallbladder obstructions or gallstones diseases should be careful while using turmeric. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - Turmeric powder can worsen gastrointestinal conditions such as distension, dyspepsia and gastroesophageal reflux. It may take worsen symptoms of GERD. Use with caution in patients with GERD. Surgery - Studies suggest that Curcuma longa has antiplatelet effects. It may result in over bleeding if taken perioperatively. Therefore, stop using turmeric powder at least two weeks before suggested surgical procedures.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Turmeric?

ORAL For remedy of dyspepsia, 500 mg of turmeric powder should be utilized four times every day. For osteoarthritis, 500 mg of particular extract of turmeric (Meriva, Indena) should be consumed daily. Whereas non-commercial turmeric extract should be taken in a dose of 500 mg four times every day. For anterior uveitis, 375 mg of curcumin should be ingested thrice every day. For colorectal cancer, extract of turmeric in a dose of 440 to 2200 mg plus 36 to 180 mg of curcumin has been used daily for up to consecutively four months. For treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, a formulation of turmeric having 500 mg of curcumin (BCM-95®, Arjuna Natural Extracts, India) should be orally taken even day. Turmeric can also be used along food items in order to enhance the absorption of curcumin, which is one of the active constituents of Curcuma longa. TOPICAL There is no specific topical dosage of turmeric.


Turmeric has bitter taste and is commonly used to color or flavor mustards, curry powders, cheeses and butters. Don’t mix this herb with Javanese turmeric root (Curcuma zedoaria).

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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