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J Oral Biol Craniofac Res. 2018 Jan-Apr;8(1):44-47. doi: 10.1016/j.jobcr.2017.08.005. Epub 2017 Sep 1.

Role of turmeric in management of alveolar osteitis (dry socket): A randomised clinical study.

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Professor & Head, Maxillofacial & oral surgery (OMFS), Indira Gandhi government dental college jammu, 180005 affliated to university of jammu, Jammu & Kashmir, India.
Department of OMFS IGGDC jammu, India.
Department of geology, University of jammu, Jammu & Kashmir, India.


Plants & their extracts have immense potential for the management or treatment of the wounds. The pyhto medicines for the wound healing are not only cheap & affordable but are purportedly safe as hypersensitivity reactions are rarely encountered with the use of these agents, these natural agents induce healing & regeneration of the lost tissue by multiple mechanisms Turmeric commonly is called as Haldi in Hindi. C Longa has been reported to possess anti bacterial, anti fungal & anti inflammatory activities. Turmeric is known as traditional herb to Asia & India also called as curcuma longa, with maximum healing properties & other great uses. It is widely used in India & China for traditional Chinese medicine. This act as anti inflammatory agent to treat different kind of diseases & health problems.

Aims & objectives:

The aim of this study was to study the therapeutic, healing benefits of turmeric, an herb commonly used in Asia.

Material & methods:

The study was conducted in department of oral & maxillofacial surgery of Indira Gandhi government dental college jammu.178 patients were selected from the outpatient department of oral & maxillofacial surgery. The diagnosis of dry socket was made clinically. Turmeric dressing with mustard oil was given in group A & in group B ZOE dressing was given.


In this study there was significant reduction in pain, inflammation & discomfort after turmeric and ZOE dressing. Wound healing was seen faster, than dressing with ZOE. There is no side effect of Turmeric. Statistical analysis was done p < 0.05, was found statistically significant.


Anti-inflammatory; Curcumin; Holy powder; Mustard oil; dry socket

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