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Curcuma longa

Turmeric is a perennial herb of the ginger family that is extensively cultivated in India, China, Indonesia, and other tropical countries. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric was prescribed for treatment of many conditions, including poor vision, rheumatic pains, and coughs, and to increase milk production.


400mg one to three times daily.

Potential applications

Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, dyspepsia, asthma, infections, eczema, psoriasis; long term prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, adjunct in the treatment of hyperlipidaemia; prevention of cancer and adjunct to cancer treatment; to improve gastric and hepatic function; as an antioxidant; as an anti-fungal remedy. Topically for inflammations, skin diseases and infections.

Known contraindications

No adverse effects noted at normal dosage. Not recommended in patients with biliary tract obstruction.


High doses should not be given to those taking anti-platelet or anti-coagulant drugs.

Use in conjunction with

  • Poor digestion - artichoke, digestive aid, probiotics, fibre complex
  • Inflammation - boswellia resin, flax seed oil, grape seed/pycnogenol, antioxidant complex


Turmeric was listed in an Assyrian herbal dating from about 600 BC and was also mentioned by Dioscorides.


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