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J Clin Diagn Res. 2015 Oct;9(10):ZE01-3. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2015/13857.6552. Epub 2015 Oct 1.

Curcumin - Pharmacological Actions And its Role in Oral Submucous Fibrosis: A Review.

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1
Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sarjug Dental College and Hospital , Darbhanga, Bihar, India .
2
Associate Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital , Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India .
3
Post Graduate Student, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences , Bareilly, U.P, India .
4
Senior Consultant, Yashoda Hospital , Ghaziabad, U.P, India .
5
Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Rama Dental College Hospital and Research Centre , Kanpur, U.P, India .

Abstract

Turmeric has been in use for thousands of years as a dye, flavouring and a medicinal herb. Ancient Indian medicine has touted turmeric as an herb with the ability to provide glow and lustre to the skin as well as vigour and vitality to the entire body. Since curcumin has antimicrobial, antioxidant, astringents and other useful properties, it is quite useful in dentistry also. Curcumin, the most active polyphenolic constituent, is the active ingredient in the traditional herbal remedy and dietary spice turmeric. In gel form it is a component in local drugs delivery system. The objective of this article is to review the pharmacological action of turmeric and its use in treating oral submucous fibrosis.

KEYWORDS:

Antioxidant; Fibrinolytic property; Herbal medicine; Nanoparticles; Turmeric

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