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The Benefits of Turmeric, in the Treatment of Many Conditions. A Natural Antibiotic, Pain Reliever, and Cancer Inhibitor

I hold my degree in pharmacy, as well as a background, and training in the use of supplements.


Dr. Becker and the benefits of Tumeric, Curcumin

Curcumin Benefits, Proven by Science. A Natural antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal. Helpful with Diabetes, and in the Treatment of Cancer.

Turmeric is a spice that is found in curry. Belongs to the ginger family of spices. Science has isolated it's active compound, Curcumin. Curcumin has been tested in over 3000 clinical trials, and pre trials. Among the findings for this amazing supplement is its ability to prohibit cancer, and the spreading of carcinogens.

Turmeric is classified as an anti inflammatory, and analgesic. The spice blocks Cox 2, which is a chemical that is involved in pain. It works much in the same way as NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen, and Aleve, as well as many prescriptive meds do. Without the ringing in the ears, and other side effects of synthetic pain killers. Has been found to be non toxic, with little side effects, and well tolerated. Even at doses as high as 2200mg.

In recent research it has been found that it targets many other pathways, that lead to diseases, and conditions involving inflammation. Among the many papers, studies, and dissertations that I have read, it shows promise in many different fields of medicine, and prevention.

Due to it's anti inflammatory, anti septic, anti infective properties, including fungus, bacteria, and viral properties it has been found to be effective in the treatment of many diseases. It had a moderate effect on hepatitis B, as well as infectious arthritis. (pubmed, august 2010)

Curcumin was also found to lower insulin levels, and prevent diabetes, in those who where pre diabetic. Had a direct effect on obesity, diabetes, and diabetic neuropathy pain, as well. By blocking the pain, and increasing circulation.

In a recent dissertation, (national institutes of health, march 2011) that summarizes all the targets of Curcumin, was found to be a very effective compound in many different applications, of disease and illness. Among them are the following:

  1. Inhibited tobacco associated carcinogens in the lungs, and oral cavities.
  2. Blocks epidermal growth factor, which is implemented in psoriasis, and cancer. The growth factor is its ability to replicate, and grow, or spread. Examples of cancers that are encouraged by EPGF include breast, lung, colon, head, and neck cancers. These pathways play a critical role in cancers ability to spread, and survive.
  3. It significantly blocked lung, breast, and prostrate cancer, as well as pancreatic cancer. By blocking estrogen would be helpful in cervical, as well as breast cancer. It has the ability to block androgen, a male hormone, and inhibit its growth.
  4. Also inhibited cell migration, and shows promise in inhibiting Lymphoma, leukemia, and RA.
  5. With its direct effect on immune function, and its ability to modulate killer t cells, as well as other immune functions, it has been found to be helpful in many auto immune diseases. Among them are MS, RA, asthma, psoriasis, Lupus, and cancer. Much in the same way as synthetic steroids do.

Current trials are underway, using Curcumin for the treatment of Alzheimer's. The brain of Alzheimer's patients have been found to contain high amounts of metals. With Curcumins' ability to bind copper, and iron, it shows great promise in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, along with high doses of Omega 3 fatty acids, such as fish oil. Metal chelation therapy is currently used in many clinical settings in the treatment of this disease. Cilantro, the spice in salsa, has the ability to bind metals, and remove them from the body. Apple pectin, present in apples, can as well.

No toxicity was found at any dose. Even as high as 2200mg. Due to its low absorption it must be combined with piperine, to be effective. By adding piperine, it increases the availability by 2000%. Piperine is the active ingredient in black, and white pepper.

Must be why Curcumin is called Indian Gold.


Pubmed/national institute of health, March 2011, article# PMC3025067

Pubmed article, august 2010

pubmed article July 15, 2009

New Research on Curcumin, and Lungs

Most chronic lung conditions, have a basis of inflammation. Steroids are usually prescribed, to reduce it. Whereas, Curcumin prevents it.

"The growing amount of data from pharmacological, and animal studies also supports the notion that curcumin plays a protective role in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and allergic asthma, its therapeutic action being on the prevention or modulation of inflammation, and oxidative stress."

With it's antibacterial, and antiviral properties, it would be useful in the treatment of acute respiratory illness, such as colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Per the study, it also helps to clear mucus, and heal lung tissue.

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For other recommended supplements, see my article on cold, allergies, and asthma.


My Regime for Skin Cancer


Skin Cancer

I was diagnosed with skin cancer. I utilized the following protocol. Curcumin, Gse, betaglucan, and Bec 5. This was a fairly easy process. I mixed a pinch of Curcumin, 1 drop of GSE (grapefruit extract) and a pinch of beta glucan in 1 oz of water. Do not mix stronger, as it is very strong. Apply to clean dry skin. I then applied Bec 5 cream, and left over night. It is recommended to cover with a bandage, but not necessary. The process took about 6 months. I can say I am cancer free. The only trace is a scar, which I gladly wear.

Bec 5 Curaderm © is derived from eggplant. The active ingredient that fights cancer. It can be used alone, but I was impatient, so I included the above regimen, to hasten the results. All three in combination, are very affective in the fight against cancer. Beck 5 must have the strength indicated, or it won't be affective. Available through Amazon.

A scar is the only thing that remains, which I proudly wear


Characteristics of skin cancer. Jagged edges, discoloration, flaking, or a sore that won't heal.


The Study Completed on The Effectiveness of Curaderm, for Skin Cancer

A cream formulation containing high concentrations (10%) of a standard mixture of solasodine glycosides (BEC) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of malignant and benign human skin tumours. We now report that a preparation (Curaderm) which contains very low concentrations of BEC (0.005%) is effective in the treatment of keratoses, basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) of the skin of humans. In an open study, clinical and histological observations indicated that all lesions (56 keratoses, 39 BCCs and 29 SCCs) treated with Curaderm had regressed. A placebo formulation had no effect on a smaller number of treated lesions. Curaderm had no adverse effect on the liver, kidneys or haematopoietic system.


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My Lupus Story

I have utilized many of the supplements, and Protocol mentioned above, in the treatment of Lupus. An auto immune disease, that affects many systems, including joints. I contracted the condition 20 years ago, after an allergic reaction to Augmentin. Prescribed for a severe sore throat, three antibiotics in one pill.

Among the most effective for me was magnesium, D3, and flax seed oil. D3 acts as a hormone in the body, and regulates immune function. Magnesium to ease pain, and muscle spasms. D3 to calm the immune system. Flaxseed oil, to help regulate hormones, and clear brain fog. Olive leaf, and grapefruit seed extract, as an anti infective. Cycling through each, one month at a time. Do not take both, as it is too strong. Choose 1 for each month. Taken for as long as infection is present. I ran a low grade fever for two years. A sign of infection.

Juicing was also beneficial, with fresh fruits, and vegetables. Adding more protein with yogurt, nuts, and seeds.

GABA, for anxiety, as needed.

There is no cure for Lupus, mine is currently in remission. I have experienced flares, when I don't take care of myself, but never as bad as the initial phase. I still maintain a basic supplement plan. A multi vitamin, no iron, D3, B12, and curcumin, as needed for pain. Sage tea if I have had a stressful day, very calming, helps with insomnia.


In Conclusion

Since contracting Lupus, I have utilized many of the supplements, and protocols mentioned in my articles. Start with a good foundation. A good multi vitamin, no iron, D3, B12, and an Omega 3 fatty acid. Choose either a gummy, capsule, liquid, or quick dissolve formula. Hard pressed pills, aren't utilized as effectively. Improve diet, exercise, drinking plenty of filtered water, and fresh air are a solid foundation to maintain, or improve health.

Music, Creativity, Art, and Aroma are also very healing. Creativity includes cooking. Trying new recipes, new Flavors, reading, aroma, rewarding the senses, and mind.

15 minutes a day of music, improves moods, and restores mental health. Most effective was Upbeat, and positive, as well as Jazz. Proven by science.

Add one supplement for a specific disease, or condition. If there is a reaction, discontinue use. The last supplement that was added, will be the culprit of the reaction. Always check for interactions, and side affects before starting any supplement, or therapy.

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**** I am not a physician, this is only recommendations from holistic doctors. All have been used with good results. It is best to consult a pharmacist, or physician concerning your health.***

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Always Check for Interactions, and side effects before starting any supplement, or therapy

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Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on May 24, 2013:

Thank you for another great hub, artist101! I love turmeric and season many of my foods with it, but I didn't know it had so many healing properties. Thumbs up!

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on May 13, 2013:

I would go by the expiration date on the bottle. Holistic practioners recommend refrigerating all herbals, to keep their potency. As far as fresh, store in a cool, dry place. Shelf life of fresh herbals, I do not know.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on May 13, 2013:

Thank you for the thumbs up. It really is an amazing supplement that really does what it claims to do.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on May 13, 2013:

Thank you for the thumbs up, I really appreciate it. It realy is Indian Gold

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on May 13, 2013:

You are welcome everythingdazzles. I hope my research helps those with an ailment, the way it helped me.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on May 13, 2013:

Thank you Deborah Brooks. It honestly does what it says. I hope the milk thistle works for you the way it did me!!.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on May 13, 2013:

Thank you Tony, thanks for the thumbs up!! It's probably the most interesting, and versatile of all the supplements.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on May 13, 2013:

Thank you for the compliment, it really does help with pain.

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on May 13, 2013:

useful and interesting, you have a lot of good facts in this hub. a good read indeed

RTalloni on May 09, 2013:

It's good stuff, indeed. Thanks for highlighting it here. I was wondering about its shelf life. Have you done any research on how long we can expect these ground herbs to maintain their beneficial properties?

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on April 22, 2013:

It is an awesome natural substance. Many more uses will probably be found, as clinical trials are still being done on other uses. By tumeric helping your bacterial infection, it only proves that it has anti bacterial properties. Thank you for the thumbs up.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on April 21, 2013:

I am prone to skin infections and take it to help reduce the severity of my infections. You wouldn't think it works for inflammation, but it does. Thanks for sharing about the pain relief impacts ~ that is something I did not know. Voted up and useful.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on April 21, 2013:

Thank you, i am glad you liked it. i actually use it every day, for arthritis pain. it really does help.

Janelle from Houston on April 21, 2013:

Very insightful hub. Thanks for sharing.

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on April 21, 2013:

You are very welcome, I appreciate the posting on facebook, and your order. And the compliments. again Thank You.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on April 21, 2013:

It is so nice to meet you.. thank you for the information on the herbal for fatty liver.. I appreciate it. I will share this on Facebook on TOPS HEALTH PAGE i have set up..

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Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on March 18, 2013:

thank you, tony I really appreciate the thumbs up

Tony Mead from Yorkshire on March 18, 2013:


thank you for sharing this information, I have long known about someof its medical advantages.

your hub is very well done, with useful illustrations and video



voted up

Sherrie Gill (author) from Hobart, In on March 14, 2013:

As I was researching another supplement, I ran across this outstanding supplement, and trials. I am currently using curcumin for chronic pain, and arthritis. Relief was found within the first day of taking it. Along with yoga, and an exercise. I had no idea the usefulness of this spice, nor the different pathways that it inhibited.

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