MEDICINAL & PHARMACOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF TURMERIC (CURCUMA LONGA): THE GOLDEN SPICE OF INDIA

Baluja Z, Rehman S

Abstract


Curcuma longa is a traditional Indian spice, a member of the Zingiberaceae family and is cultivated and consumed in many Asian countries. The primary active constituent of C.longa is the flavonoid curcumin, which possess tremendous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties making it a wonder herb. In today’s age of antibiotic resistance where various allopathic drugs are struggling to serve its purpose, there is a urgent need for us to explore the alternative field of medicine. Not only resistance, we also have to suffer from various side effects and unwanted action of allopathic drugs which gives us another reason to push ourselves to age old home remedies which our ancestors used to follow. Turmeric is one such herb which has been used for centuries for multiple conditions like common cold, cough, wound healing, skin care and many more. Our article aims to rekindle our interest back to our golden spice and appreciate the numerous benefits of this naturally occurring medicinal plant

Keywords


medicinal plant, curcuma longa, golden herb, curcuminoids, pharmacological properties

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