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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 18, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Curcuma aromatica
  • Curcuma domestica
  • Curcuma longa
  • Curcuma
  • Curcumae longae rhizoma
  • Curcumin
  • Curcumine
  • Curcuminoid
  • Curcuminoide
  • Curcuminoids
  • Curcuminoïde
  • Curcuminoïdes
  • Halada
  • Haldi
  • Haridra
  • Indian Saffron
  • Nisha
  • Pian Jiang Huang
  • Racine de curcuma
  • Radix curcumae
  • Rajani
  • Rhizoma cucurmae longae
  • Safran Bourbon
  • Safran de batallita
  • Safran des indes
  • Turmeric Root
  • Yu Jin

What is this product used for?

Turmeric is used by some people to help with heartburn or bowel problems like diarrhea, intestinal gas, and bloating. Others use it to help with Alzheimer disease or problems with the liver or gallbladder. Some people believe turmeric may help with cancer. It may also help to lessen swelling in some people and help with signs of arthritis. Some people believe it may help lower cholesterol.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not take this product if you are breastfeeding.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox).

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase (Activase), reteplase (Retavase), or streptokinase.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or naproxen (Naprosyn).

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to decrease blood sugar such as glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase, PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and glipizide (Glucotrol). Taking turmeric with these medications may cause your blood sugar to become too low.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Kidney problems like kidney stones

    • Bleeding problems

    • Gallstones

    • Stomach ulcers or reflux

    • Diabetes

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Heartburn

  • Rash

  • Dizziness

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include anger, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Bruising or bleeding that is not normal

  • Changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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