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A Review of Therapeutic Effects of Curcumin

[ Vol. 19 , Issue. 11 ]


Ali Noorafshan and Soheil Ashkani-Esfahani   Pages 2032 - 2046 ( 15 )


There is a growing interest in herbal medicine. Scientific studies have demonstrated the beneficial pharmacological effects of curcumin. Curcumin is a bright yellow spice, derived from the rhizome of Curcuma longa Linn. It has been proven that curcumin is a highly pleiotropic molecule which can be a modulator of intracellular signaling pathways that control cell growth, inflammation, and apoptosis. Curcumin might be a potential candidate for the prevention and/or treatment of some diseases due to its anti-oxidant, antiinflammatory activities and an excellent safety profile. We present an updated concise review of currently available animal and clinical studies demonstrating the therapeutic effect of curcumin.


Curcumin, therapeutic effects, review, herbal medicine, rhizome, intracellular signaling pathways, cell growth, inflammation, apoptosis, anti-oxidant


Student research committee, Shiraz University of medical sciences, Neshat st., Shiraz, Iran.

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