November 2006: Turmeric for Ulcerative Colitis
Like other autoimmune diseases, UC is characterized by alternating flare-ups and periods of remission. Standard treatment involves use of anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce symptoms and induce remission; then, if possible, the same or related drugs are used to maintain remission.
The substance curcumin, an extract of the spice
Over the six-month treatment period, relapse rate was significantly lower in the treatment group than in the placebo group. Of the 43 participants who received curcumin, about 5% relapsed compared to 20% of the placebo group. In addition, according to both the symptom rating scale and the endoscopy findings, curcumin-treated participants (on average) experienced reduced disease symptoms compared to placebo-treated participants.
NOTE: Do not attempt to self-treat UC with curcumin alone. All participants in the above study received conventional treatment along with the herbal extract.
Hanai H, Iida T, Takeuchi K et al. Curcumin maintenance therapy for ulcerative colitis: randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol . 2006 Nov 10 [Epub ahead of print].
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Copyright © 2007 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.