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Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 2018 Jan-Feb;84(1):16-21. doi: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_1143_16.

Turmeric: A condiment, cosmetic and cure.

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Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India.

Abstract

Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) is an integral part of Asian culture and cuisine. It has been used in traditional medicine since centuries. A myriad of health benefits have been attributed to it. Curcumin, the most biologically active curcuminoid in turmeric, is being investigated in pre-clinical and clinical trials for its role in disease prevention and cure. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, anti-proliferative and antimicrobial effects. We review the chemistry of this plant, its cultural relevance in Indian skin care, and its uses in dermatology.

PMID:
29243674
DOI:
10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_1143_16
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