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The Molecular Targets and Therapeutic Uses of Curcumin in Health and Disease

Volume 595 of the series ADVANCES IN EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY pp 321-341

IMMUNOMODULATION BY CURCUMIN

  • Subhash C. Gautam
  • , Xiaohua Gao
  • , Scott Dulchavsky

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Abstract

Turmeric, the bright yellow spice extracted from the tuberous rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa, has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese systems of medicine for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, including jaundice and hepatic disorders, rheumatism, anorexia, diabetic wounds, and menstrual difficulties. Most of the medicinal effects of turmeric have been attributed to curcumin, the principal curcumanoid found in turmeric.