Turmeric is widely used as a spice, food conserving and tinting material in India, China and South East Asia. It has been used in old treatment as a domestic therapy for various illnesses, including: biliary disorders, anorexia, cough, diabetic wounds, hepatic disorders, rheumatism and sinusitis. For the last few decades, wide-ranging work has been completed to establish the biological properties and pharmacological actions of turmeric and its extracts.
Curcumin, the highest yellow bioactive component of turmeric has been shown to have an extensive spectrum of biological actions. These include its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, anticoagulant, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antifibrotic, antivenom, antiulcer activities.
Turmeric and Cancer