THERAPEUTIC EFFECT OF HARIDRA (CURCUMA LONGA LINN.) IN GENERAL AND ORAL HEALTH- A REVIEW
Tiwari Ranjana1*, Tripathi V.D2
*1Reader, Stree & Prasuti Tantra, Major S D Singh Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Fatehgarh, Farukhabad, U.P., India.
2P.G. Scholar, Dept. of Periodontics, Rama Dental College Hospital & Research Centre, Kanpur U.P., India.
Haridra has been in use for thousands of years as a dye, flavouring and a medicinal herb. Ancient Indian medicine has touted turmeric as an herb with the ability to provide glow and lustre to the skin as well as vigour and vitality to the entire body. In Charaka samhita haridra found in Lekhaneeya gana, Kushtaghna, Kandughna, Krimighna, Shirovirechana gana and Sushruta samhita mentioned under Haridradi, Mustadi, Slesmashamana gana. Since turmeric has antimicrobial, antioxidant, astringents and other useful properties, it is quite useful in dentistry also. Curcumin, the most active polyphenolic constituent, is the active ingredient in the traditional herbal remedy and dietary spice turmeric and is obtained from the rhizome Curcuma longa Linn. with a range of beneficial properties, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity. The pleiotropic activities of curcumin derive from its complex chemistry as well as its ability to influence multiple signalling pathways. The objective of this article is to highlight various uses of turmeric in the dental field.Keywords: Haridra, Haldi, Curcuma longa Linn., Turmeric, Antiinflammatory, Antioxidant.
Dr. Tiwari Ranjana, Reader, Dept. of Stree & Prasuti Tantra, Major S D Singh Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Fatehgarh, Farukhabad, U.P., India.