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International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part A (2022)

A review on medicinal properties of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.)


Satruhan and DK Patel


Nature is teeming with priceless gifts that can treat a wide range of illnesses. Curcuma longa is a medicinal plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family (Chattopadhyay et al., 2004). It is commonly used as a spice, food preservative, and coloring agent (Aggarwal et al., 2007; Menon et al., 2007). It is native to tropical South Asia but is now widely cultivated in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world (Shiyon li et al., 2011). Curcumin (diferuloylmethane), turmeric's main yellow bioactive component has been shown to have a wide spectrum of biological actions. These include its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, antimutagenic, anticoagulant, antifertility, antidiabetic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-fibrotic, anti-venom, and hypocholesterolemic activities. For traditional Ayurvedics, the turmeric plant was an excellent natural antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic, while at the same time, the plant has been often used to aid digestion, improve intestinal flora, and treat skin irritations. According to the current assessment, Curcuma longa is a multipurpose plant that is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is economically significant and can be encouraged for a variety of applications, including medicinal and other potential uses.

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International Journal of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
How to cite this article:
Satruhan and DK Patel. A review on medicinal properties of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.). Int. J. Pharmacognosy Pharm. Sci. 2022;4(2):49-53. DOI: 10.33545/27067009.2022.v4.i2a.63
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