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Nature's Temple / Turmeric

Turmeric

(Curcuma longa)

Active Constituents:

Curcumonoids: Yellow to orange pigments (3 to 5%), mainly diarylheptanoids, with curcumin (diferuloylmethane or curcumin I), demethoxycurcumin (curcumin II) and bisdemethoxycurcumin (curcumin III) as the main constituents; volatile oil (3-5%) is rich in bisabolane, guaiane and several germacrane-type sesquiterpenes including alpha and beta turmerone, curlone, cucumol and zingiberene; polysaccharide (arabino-galactan ukonan A); calebin A, vanillic acid and vanillin are other phenylpropene and phenolic compounds identified from turmeric.

Main Actions:

  • Mild digestive
  • Aromatic
  • Stimulant
  • Carminative
  • An ointment base
  • Active against Staphlococcus aureus (pus-producing infections)

Major Safety Issues:

  • Do not use during pregnancy and lactation due to insufficient scientific data.
  • Contraindicated in people who have obstruction of the bile duct.
  • Should be used only after seeking professional advice if gallstones are present.
  • Contraindicated with people who are allergic to turmeric, any of its constituents (including curcumin), certain yellow food colourings or other members of the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family.