JAVANESE TURMERIC

OTHER NAME(S):

Curcuma, Curcuma de Java, Curcuma Javanais, Cúrcuma Javanesa, Curcuma xanthorrhiza, Curcumae Xanthorrhizae Rhizoma, Java Turmeric, Safran des Indes, Témoé-lawacq, Témoé-lawaq, Temu Lawak, Temu Lawas, Tewon Lawa.

Overview

Overview Information

Javanese turmeric is a plant that is native to the forests of Indonesia and the Malaysian peninsula. The root and rhizome (underground stem) are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse Javanese turmeric with turmeric. These are different plants with different effects.

Javanese turmeric is used for indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and various stomach, liver, and gallbladder complaints, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work?

Javanese turmeric contains substances that might stimulate the production of bile.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • A long-term disorder of the large intestines that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS). Taking Javanese turmeric extract does not seem to improve symptoms in people with IBS.
  • Feelings of fullness.
  • Gallbladder problems.
  • Gas (flatulence).
  • Improving appetite.
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia).
  • Liver problems.
  • Stomach problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Javanese turmeric for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: Javanese turmeric is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when used for up to 18 weeks. Javanese turmeric is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used in large amounts or for longer periods of time. It may cause stomach irritation and nausea.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Javanese turmeric is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Liver or gallbladder disease: Don't use Javanese turmeric if you have liver or gallbladder problems. Javanese turmeric can increase the production of bile, and that could make your condition worse. If you have gallstones, get medical advice before using Javanese turmeric.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for JAVANESE TURMERIC Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of Javanese turmeric depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Javanese turmeric. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Brinkhaus B, Hentschel C, Von Keudell C, et al. Herbal medicine with curcuma and fumitory in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial. Scand J Gastroenterol 2005;40:936-43. View abstract.

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