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Turmeric root
Curcumae longae rhizoma
Published November 30, 1985;
Revised September 1, 1990
Name of Drug

Curcumae longae rhizoma, turmeric root.  

Composition of Drug

Turmeric root consists of the finger-like, often tuber-like, scalded and dried rhizomes of Curcuma longa L.  (syn.   C.  domestica Valeton and C.  aromatica Salisbury) [Fam.  Zingiberaceae], and their preparations in effective dosage.  

The drug contains not less than 3 percent dicinnamoylmethane derivatives, calculated as curcumin, and not less than 3 percent volatile oil, both calculated on a dry-weight basis of the drug.  

Dyspeptic conditions.  


Obstruction of bile passages.  In case of gallstones, use only after consulting with a physician.  

Side Effects

None known.  

Interactions with Other Drugs

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

  • 1.5 - 3 g of drug;
  • equivalent preparations.  

Mode of Administration

Comminuted drug, as well as other galenical preparations for internal use.  


The choleretic action of curcumin is experimentally well documented.  Further indications exist for a cholecystokinetic and a clear antiinflammatory action.  

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