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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-99

Pharmacological effects of curcumin

1 Department of Pharmacy, Oman Medical College, Muscat, Oman
2 Research Scholar, Sastra University, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, India

Correspondence Address:
A R Mullaicharam
Pharmacy Department, Oman Medical College, Muscat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0738.95930

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Curcumin (1,7-bis(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1,6-heptadiene-3,5-dione, Cm) is a natural product, which possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor activities. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane), a low molecular weight polyphenol, derived from the rhizomes of Curcuma spp., has been shown to prevent cancer in the skin, forestomach, duodenum, and colon of mice and in the tongue, colon, mammary glands, and sebaceous glands of rats. Curcumin is a member of curcuminoids isolated from Curcuma longa (turmeric). Currently, it is one of the investigational new drug substances that have great clinical potential. It was used against several ailments in India. Ever since its isolation (mid Nineteenth century), several groups from all over the world worked on its pharmacology.

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