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Curcumae Longae Rhizoma
Medicinal Group Blood-activating analgesic medicinal

Dried rhizome of Curcuma longa L. (Fam. Zingiberaceae)

Nature and Flavors pungent, bitter; warm
Meridian Affinity Liver, Spleen

To elimainate blood stasis, promote the flow of qi, stimulate mentrual discharge and relieve pain



Part used

Root and Rhizome


Pricking pain in the chest and hypochondriac regions; amenorrhea; mass formation in the abdomen; rheumatic pain of the shoulders and arms; traumatic swelling and pain

Research Findings

  • Regular ingestion of turmeric reduces plasma malondialdehyde and increases red blood cell catalase activity and plasma albumin levels in hemodialysis patients. [1]
  • Gargling with turmeric by head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy provided significant benefit by delaying and reducing the severity of mucositis.[2]
  • Co-ingestion of turmeric with white bread increases working memory independent of body fatness, glycaemia, insulin, or Alzheimer's disease biomarkers.[3]
  • The possible efficacy of turmeric in decreasing high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and uremic pruritus in end stage renal disease patients is shown. [4]
  • Curcuma longa may have an effect on insulin secretion.[5]
  • Short-term turmeric supplementation can attenuate proteinuria, TGF-β and IL-8 in patients with overt type 2 diabetic nephropathy and can be administered as a safe adjuvant therapy for these patients.[6]
  • Turmeric is definitely a good adjunct to mechanical plaque control.[7]


No Data.

Report on adverse effect

Allergic dermatitis [8]



  1. Pakfetrat M, Akmali M, Malekmakan L, Dabaghimanesh M, Khorsand M. (2015). Role of turmeric in oxidative modulation in end-stage renal disease patients. Hemodial Int. , 19(1):124-31. doi: 10.1111/hdi.12204. Epub 2014 Aug 16.
  2. Rao S, Dinkar C, Vaishnav LK, Rao P, Rai MP, Fayad R, Baliga MS. (2014). The Indian Spice Turmeric Delays and Mitigates Radiation-Induced Oral Mucositis in Patients Undergoing Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer: An Investigational Study. Integr Cancer Ther. , 13(3):201-10. doi: 10.1177/1534735413503549. Epub 2013 Oct 28.
  3. Lee MS, Wahlqvist ML, Chou YC, Fang WH, Lee JT, Kuan JC, Liu HY, Lu TM, Xiu L, Hsu CC, Andrews ZB, Pan WH. (2014). Turmeric improves post-prandial working memory in pre-diabetes independent of insulin. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. , 23(4):581-91. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.2014.23.4.24.
  4. Pakfetrat M, Basiri F, Malekmakan L, Roozbeh J. (2014). Effects of turmeric on uremic pruritus in end stage renal disease patients: a double-blind randomized clinical trial. J Nephrol. , 27(2):203-7. doi: 10.1007/s40620-014-0039-2. Epub 2014 Jan 31.
  5. Wickenberg J, Ingemansson SL, Hlebowicz J. (2010). Effects of Curcuma longa (turmeric) on postprandial plasma glucose and insulin in healthy subjects. Nutr J. , 9:43. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-9-43.
  6. Khajehdehi P, Pakfetrat M, Javidnia K, Azad F, Malekmakan L, Nasab MH, Dehghanzadeh G. (2011). Oral supplementation of turmeric attenuates proteinuria, transforming growth factor-β and interleukin-8 levels in patients with overt type 2 diabetic nephropathy: a randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study. Scand J Urol Nephrol. , 45(5):365-70. doi: 10.3109/00365599.2011.585622. Epub 2011 May 31.
  7. Waghmare PF, Chaudhari AU, Karhadkar VM, Jamkhande AS. (2011). Comparative evaluation of turmeric and chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash in prevention of plaque formation and gingivitis: a clinical and microbiological study. J Contemp Dent Pract. , 12(4):221-4.
  8. Seetharam KA, Pasricha JS. Condiments and contact dermatitis of the finger-tips. Indian journal of dermatology, venereology and leprology, 1987, 53:32–328.

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