Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences

Conceptual PaperVolume 2 Issue 4

Is Yellow Yellow (Curcumin) Really a Dirty Fellow?

Kailash C Petkar*

School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

*Corresponding Author: Kailash C Petkar, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Received: March 20, 2018; Published: March 29, 2018

Citation: Kailash C Petkar. “Is Yellow Yellow (Curcumin) Really a Dirty Fellow?”. Acta Scientific Pharmaceutical Sciences 2.4 (2018).

  Turmeric, the powdered rhizome obtained from the herb Curcuma longa (family Zingiberaceae) has a very long history and is com- mon household name particularly in Asian continent. It has been used as a traditional medicine for a wide variety of disorders for ages. Like every Indian, I am also very much familiar to the Turmeric. I remember, in my childhood; my mother used to put a pinch of turmeric on the cuts, or any wound and to my wonder, I witnessed the healing too! This plant gives us a compound called “Curcumin”, a yellow-orange colored chemical, which has created hype in the scientific fraternity to explore myriad of applications in the medicine. Since the first report on curcumin published in the Nature in the year 1949 for its antimicrobial activity [1], there has been surge in the research and development on the curcumin to investigate its clinical efficacy.

Copyright: © 2018 Kailash C Petkar. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



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