Research Article

AYUSHDHARA | Year : 2014 | Volume : 1 | Issue : 1 | Page : 27-31


Sangeeta1*, Anita Sharma2

*1P. G. Scholar, P. G. Dept. of Agadtantra, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, India.
2Associate Professor, P. G. Dept. of Agadtantra, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, India.


Curcuma longa L. is commonly called as Haldi, it is frequently used spice in our kitchen. In India, turmeric is used in almost all curries and gravy dishes. It gives a rich color and a unique flavor to the food. Women in India use turmeric in skin products such as creams and body scrubs to boost the glow factor. It has many therapeutic properties like Hepato-protective, Gastro-protective, Anti-cancerous, Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and skin glow enhancing etc. The wide range of turmeric health benefits come mainly from its main ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is a polyphenol responsible for the yellow colour of turmeric. In vitro, curcumin exhibits anti-parasitic, anti spasmodic, anti-inflammmatory and gastrointestinal effects, and also inhibits carcinogenesis and cancer growth. In vivo, there are experiments showing the anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory potency of curcumin and extracts of curcuma longa L. by parenteral and oral application in animal models. This widely researched component of turmeric is highly therapeutic and is used in various drugs and pharmaceutics. This article briefly reviews the pharmacological and various therapeutic aspect of turmeric.

Keywords:  Curcumin, Anti-oxidant, Therapeutic properties.

*Corresponding Address:
Dr. Sangeeta, P. G. Scholar, P. G. Dept. of Agadtantra, National institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, India. Email: Phone: +919414705095

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