Curcumin,a substance in turmeric, may help to reduce inflammation. Several studiessuggest that it might ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis,like pain and inflammation. Other compounds in turmeric might also bemedicinal.
In labtests, curcumin seems to block the growth of certain kinds of tumors. One studyshowed that turmeric extract containing curcumin could -- in some cases --stabilize colorectal cancer that wasn't helped by other treatments. But moreresearch is needed.
Otherpreliminary lab studies suggest that curcumin or turmeric might protect againsttypes of skin diseases, Alzheimer's disease, colitis, stomach ulcers, and highcholesterol. Based on lab studies, turmeric and curcumin might also help treatupset stomach, scabies, diabetes, HIV, uveitis, and viral infections.