The recent edition of Alternative and Complementary Therapies features a Natural Standard evidence-based systematic review on turmeric (Curcuma longa).
Turmeric, a spice commonly used in Asian food, is derived from the root of the turmeric plant, Curcuma longa. Although not well studied in humans, turmeric and its constituent curcumin have demonstrated anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Preliminary human evidence suggests possible efficacy for heartburn and high cholesterol. However, further research is necessary before conclusions can be made.
For information about turmeric, please visit Natural Standard's Foods, Herbs & Supplements database.