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Planta Med. 2011 Apr;77(6):672-8. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1250549. Epub 2010 Nov 23.

Curcuma as a parasiticidal agent: a review.

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Laboratoire de pharmacochimie des substances naturelles et pharmacophores redox, UMR 152, UPS, Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, France.


Members of the Curcuma plant species (Zingiberaceae) have been used for centuries in cooking, cosmetics, staining and in traditional medicine as "omnipotent" remedies. Herbal preparations made with, and molecules extracted from, Curcuma have been shown to possess a wide variety of pharmacological properties against malignant proliferation, hormonal disorders, inflammation, and parasitosis among other conditions. This review evaluates Curcuma and its associated bioactive compounds, particularly focusing on studies examining the parasiticidal activity of these components against the tropical parasites Plasmodium, leishmania, Trypanosoma, Schistosoma and more generally against other cosmopolitan parasites (nematodes, Babesia, Candida, Giardia, Coccidia and Sarcoptes).

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