[Curcumin add-on therapy for ulcerative colitis]. - GreenMedInfo Summary
[Curcumin add-on therapy for ulcerative colitis].
Harefuah. 2015 Jan ;154(1):56-8, 66. PMID: 25796678
Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disease of colon mucosa, which results from inappropriate inflammatory response. Pharmacological treatments that are used to manage UC are usually targeted to moderate the inflammatory response, however, they are associated with significant adverse effects, which call for finding additional treatment options. Curcumin is a polyphenol that is extracted from turmeric (Curcuma longa). This medicinal plant has been traditionally used in India and in China since ancient times. Recently curcumin has been demonstrated to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative and antibacterial properties. Based on these reports, our article describes a case report of a patient treated with curcumin in addition to 5-Aminosalicylic acid (5ASA) and presents an integrative approach for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.