Important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
The turmeric rhizome, the main component of curry, has been the subject of numerous studies that have helped to clarify the pharmacological properties. The anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin, the active ingredient of the phytocomplex, has been highlighted in both acute and chronic phases of inflammation. Alongside this it has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-oxidant properties. In current usage the rhizome is prescribed for its choleretic and cholagogue properties as a protective of the liver, able to improve the metabolic processes and to assist in the disposal of cholesterol. Effective in cases of dyspepsia, bloating, flatulence from a hepatic origin.
- Essential oil (2.5-6%): sesquiterne monocyclic: carbides (zingibrene, β- and δ-curcumene, ar-curcumene ...) and oxygenated derivatives (turmerone, ar-turmerone, curlone
Contraindicated in cases of obstruction of the bile ducts.
Therapeutic use: dyspeptic disorders; cholecystitis and cholelithiasis.
Clinical studies are investigating the possibility of using turmeric in the fight against cancer by