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Volume No. :   5

Issue No. :  2

Year :  2013

ISSN Print :  0975-2331

ISSN Online :  0975-4385


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Curcuma longa Linn. A Phytochemical and Phytopharmacological Review

Address:   Prafulla Sabale1*, Arjun Modi1, Vidya Sabale2
1Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Parul Institute of Pharmacy, Limda-391 760, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
2Department of Pharmaceutics, Parul Institute of Pharmacy and Research, Limda-391 760, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
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Curcuma longa commonly known as turmeric is a well-known indigenous herbal medicine traditionally used as a spice in Indian food. Turmeric is used in India for thousands of years as a major part of Ayurvedic medicine. It was first used as a dye and then later for its possible medicinal properties. Turmeric is traditionally used as a spice and coloring in foods due to curcuminoids curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bis-demethoxycurcumin as important chemical constituents. Curcuma longa shows wide range of biological activities such as anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective and digestive activities. This Review expresses the development of Curcuma long from a traditional spice to a modern application in the present period.
Curcuma longa; Turmeric; Curcumin; Ayurvedic medicine; Anti-inflammatory, Anti-oxidants; Anticancer; Antimicrobial activity.
Prafulla Sabale, Arjun Modi, Vidya Sabale. Curcuma longa Linn. A Phytochemical and Phytopharmacological Review. Research J. Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 2013; 5(2): 59-68.
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