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What are the side effects of taking turmeric?

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Turmeric is generally safe. It’s used as spice in Indian cooking and also sold as a supplement. A compound in turmeric is thought to help lower swelling. Turmeric sometimes can give you diarrhea or nausea, especially if you take a lot for a long time. Turmeric cream or ointment can irritate your skin. Talk to your doctor before using turmeric supplements if you’re pregnant, have gallstones, diabetes, and other medical conditions.

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Mills, S. and Bone, K. , Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone, 2000. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Turmeric.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Turmeric.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Turmeric."

Natural Standard: "Turmeric ( )." Curcuma longa

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2019

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Mills, S. and Bone, K. , Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone, 2000. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Turmeric.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Herbs at a Glance: Turmeric.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Turmeric."

Natural Standard: "Turmeric ( )." Curcuma longa

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2019

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