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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 343-357

BENEFICIAL ROLE OF CURCUMIN IN SKIN DISEASES

  • Rajesh L. Thangapazham
  • , Anuj Sharma
  • , Radha K. Maheshwari

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Abstract

In recent years, considerable interest has been focused on curcumin a compound, isolated from turmeric. Curcumin is used as a coloring, flavoring agent and has been traditionally used in medicine and cuisine in India. The varied biological properties of curcumin and lack of toxicity even when administered at higher doses makes it attractive to explore its use in various disorders like tumors of skin, colon, duodenum, pancreas, breast and other skin diseases. This chapter reviews the data on the use of curcumin for the chemoprevention and treatment of various skin diseases like scleroderma, psoriasis and skin cancer.