Javanese Turmeric

What other names is Javanese Turmeric known by?

Curcuma, Curcuma de Java, Curcuma Javanais, Cúrcuma Javanesa, Curcuma xanthorrhiza, Curcumae Xanthorrhizae Rhizoma, Java Turmeric, Safran des Indes, Témoé-lawacq, Témoé-lawaq, Temu Lawak, Temu Lawas, Tewon Lawa.

What is Javanese Turmeric?

Javanese turmeric is a plant that is native to the forests of Indonesia and the Malaysian peninsula. The root and rhizome (underground stem) are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse Javanese turmeric with turmeric.

Javanese turmeric is used for indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), feelings of fullness or bloating after meals, intestinal gas, stomach disorders, and liver and gallbladder complaints. It is also used for improving appetite and digestion.

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  • Indigestion.
  • Feelings of fullness.
  • Intestinal gas.
  • Stomach disorders.
  • Liver problems.
  • Gallbladder problems.
  • Improving appetite.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Javanese turmeric for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Javanese Turmeric work?

Javanese turmeric contains substances that might stimulate the production of bile.

Are there safety concerns?

Javanese turmeric seems to be safe for most people when used for a short time, up to 18 weeks. But Javanese turmeric might be UNSAFE when used in large amounts or for long periods of time. It may cause stomach irritation and nausea.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Javanese turmeric during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Liver or gallbladder disease: Don't use Javanese turmeric if you have liver or gallbladder problems. Javanese turmeric can increase the production of bile, and that could make your condition worse. If you have gallstones, get medical advice before using Javanese turmeric.

Dosing considerations for Javanese Turmeric.

The appropriate dose of Javanese turmeric depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Javanese turmeric. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011

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