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Therapeutic uses ofCurcuma longa (turmeric)


Curcuma longa commonly known as tumeric is traditionally used as a spice in Indian food. A wide range of biological activities e.g. anticancer, antimicrobial, antiinflammatory and free radical scavenging activity of the plant suggests a logical basis for its traditional use in foodstuff. Various phytothreapeutic uses ofCurcuma longa have been reviewed.

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Luthra, P.M., Singh, R. & Chandra, R. Therapeutic uses ofCurcuma longa (turmeric). Indian J Clin Biochem 16, 153–160 (2001).

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Key words

  • Curcuma longa
  • Antioxidant
  • Anticancer
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Insecticidal
  • Nematocidal
  • Antimicrobial