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Curcumin‘s Therapeutic Potential

Kaloyan Kaloyanov, Maya Yotova, Georgi Momekov, Spiro Konstantinov


Turmeric (Curcuma longa L., Zingiberaceae) is a spice that is widely used in Indian medicine. The spectrum of diseases in which it is applied includes bile and liver diseases, dizziness, sinusitis, rheumatism, sprains and wounds. The main biologically active substance in the turmeric root is curcumin, accompanied by other closely related compounds. For the therapeutic value of curcumin, there are a number of data from experimental studies as well as clinical data. Numerous studies have shown that it has significant anti-tumor and, in particular, anti-myeloma activity, and have discovered prospects for its future use as a medicinal product. Its lability in oral administration as well as potential drug interactions with various drugs restrict its free use in the form of capsule and tablet formulations, but its administration as a spice has only shown benefits to the patients.


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