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Archive for the 'Turmeric' Category

NCB-02 to treat ulcerative colitis

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

turmeric1-150x150NCB-02 is a standardized curcumin (a chemical in turmeric) preparation that has been used with positive results in an animal model of ulcerative colitis.

Now, researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in New Delhi, tested it in people. (more…)

Curcumin to treat gingivitis

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

dentalCariesPeriodontal diseases often lead to tooth loss. The most common forms include gingivitis and periodontitis, which are caused by plaque bacteria around the gums.

Researchers at Rangoonwala College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, in Maharashtra, India, studied the effects of curcumin mouthwash. Here are their results and a summary of other recent studies. (more…)

Complementary treatments for osteoarthritis

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Former Medical Director, of the Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City, Dr. James Dillard, reviewed the evidence.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Turmeric (curcumin) improves postoperative pain and fatigue

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Researchers at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, in New Delhi, India, studied the effect of curcumin on pain and fatigue following laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery). (more…)

Review: CAM for treating Alzheimer’s disease

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Dr. Keith Wollen at Washington State University, in Port Angeles, has written a review of treatment options.

Let’s focus on CAM. (more…)

Product report: Turmeric and curcumin

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Supplements containing turmeric and its key compound, curcumin, may be helpful in treating inflammatory diseases and other conditions. reports some problems with 2 of 10 products tested. (more…)

Risk of curcumin-drug interactions

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Researchers at Central South University, in Hunan, China studied the effect of curcumin (turmeric) on drug metabolizing enzymes.

Their findings suggest a risk for curcumin-drug interactions. (more…)

May is arthritis awareness month

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Researchers from Bethesda North Hospital Pharmacy, in Cincinnati, Ohio reviewed the evidence for using supplements to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (more…)

Nutraceutical therapy to treat juvenile Crohn’s disease

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Most of patients with moderate-to-severe disease are in a constant catabolic state resulting in poor weight gain and growth failure.

Researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, in New York City studied whether an exclusion diet combined with nutraceutical therapy could induce sustained remission of disease with weight gain, and enhance the ability for growth hormone to reverse growth failure. (more…)

Herbals to treat psoriasis: A review of the evidence

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Dr. Sharon Jacob from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Florida and colleagues reviewed the scientific support for herbals used by patients with psoriasis.

Here are the highlights.

Exclusion diet + nutraceutical therapy to treat juvenile Crohn’s disease

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Encouraging findings in a small group of patients are reported by researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, in New York. (more…)

Initial study of Zyflamend for prostate cancer

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Laboratory research suggests that Zyflamend — an extract containing 10 herbs — decreases prostate cancer growth.

Now, researchers from the Center for Holistic Urology at Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia are starting a systematic evaluation in patients. (more…)

Herbals for arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Ms. Meenakshi Khatta is a nurse practitioner and associate professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Nurse Khatta has reviewed the use of CAM to treat pain due to musculoskeletal conditions.

Here are her findings on herbal supplements used to treat fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. (more…)

ConsumerLab tests turmeric (curcumin) supplements

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

14 brands were tested.

And, the results are grim. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Turmeric supplements

Friday, April 24th, 2009

 The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recalled 2 brands of anti-inflammatory turmeric food supplements contaminated with nimesulide.

The products are called Fortodol and Miradin. (more…)

Turmeric and the risk of kidney stones

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

In May 2008, researchers from the University of Wyoming in Laramie studied urinary oxalate excretion from supplemental doses of cinnamon and turmeric.

When oxalic acid in plants combines with calcium, iron, sodium, magnesium, or potassium it forms insoluble crystals called oxalates, which are deposited in the kidneys and lead to the formation of “stones.” (more…)

Curcumin shows some activity in pancreatic cancer

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Sabinsa Corporation in Piscataway, New Jersey report on early research into the activity of curcumin (diferuloylmethane) in patients with pancreatic cancer. (more…)

Turmeric comes up short in psoriasis

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Curcuma longa (aka turmeric) shows a favorable effect on inflammatory processes such as psoriasis in experiments in mice.

Here’s a study about curcumin taken by mouth. And a reader expands the discussion to include topical therapy. (more…)

Status of curcumin for Alzheimer’s disease

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Two doctors from the VA Medical Center in Sepulveda, California have written a review of curcumin (turmeric) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Anyone looking for evidence of the effectiveness of curcumin when taken by people with AD will be disappointed. (more…)