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Turmeric /curcumin

Our son has been taking  Boswellin with curcumin extracts combination of now brand.  I've chosen this combination so he would have fewer pills to swallow.  He's tolerated the supplement very well for over four months now.  Starting him on these herbs and the slippery elm marked the beginning of his first and still lasting remission.
Curcumin is a compound in turmeric (Curcuma longa) and it is believed to have anti-inflammatory activity. In a one trial (Holt PR, Katz S, Kirshoff R. Curcumin therapy in inflammatory bowel disease: a pilot study. Dig Dis Sci 2005;50:2191-3), four of five people with Crohn's disease had an improvement in their condition after supplementing with curcumin for three months. The amount used was 360 mg three times a day for one month, followed by 360 mg four times a day for two months.
Additionally, please read the text below. This is quoted directly from National Institutes of Health, National Center for Traditional and Complementary Medicine and can be viewed at
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/turmeric/

Common Names—turmeric, turmeric root, Indian saffron

Latin NameCurcuma longa

What Turmeric Is Used For

  • In traditional Chinese medicine (a whole medical system that originated in China. It is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of qi) and Ayurvedic medicine (A whole medical system that originated in India. It aims to integrate the body, mind, and spirit to prevent and treat disease. Therapies used include herbs, massage, and yoga.), turmeric has been used to aid digestion and liver function, relieve arthritis pain, and regulate menstruation.
  • Turmeric has also been applied directly to the skin for eczema and wound healing.
  • Today, turmeric is used for conditions such as heartburn, stomach ulcers, and gallstones. It is also used to reduce inflammation, as well as to prevent and treat cancer.

How Turmeric Is Used

Turmeric's finger-like underground stems (rhizomes) are dried and taken by mouth as a powder or in capsules, teas, or liquid extracts. Turmeric can also be made into a paste and used on the skin.

What the Science Says

  • There is little reliable evidence to support the use of turmeric for any health condition because few clinical trials have been conducted.
  • Preliminary findings from animal and laboratory studies suggest that a chemical found in turmeric—called curcumin—may have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antioxidant properties, but these findings have not been confirmed in people.
  • NCCAM-funded investigators have studied the active chemicals in turmeric and their effects—particularly anti-inflammatory effects—in human cells to better understand how turmeric might be used for health purposes. NCCAM is also funding basic research studies on the potential role of turmeric in preventing acute respiratory distress syndrome, liver cancer, and post-menopausal osteoporosis.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • Turmeric is considered safe for most adults.
  • High doses or long-term use of turmeric may cause indigestion, nausea, or diarrhea.
  • In animals, high doses of turmeric have caused liver problems. No cases of liver problems have been reported in people.
  • People with gallbladder disease should avoid using turmeric as a dietary supplement (a product that contains vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and/or other ingredients intended to supplement the diet. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has special labeling requirements for dietary supplements and treats them as foods, not drugs), as it may worsen the condition.
  • Tell all your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

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