An Overview on Multipurpose Medicine: Turmeric (Haldi)
Authors: Shraddha Upadhaye, Geetanjali Kasar, Lad S.D., Kshirsagar M.B., Rasve V.R.
Abstract: Curcumin, the major constituent of Curcuma longa L. (Zingiberaceae family) or turmeric, commonly used for cooking in Asian cuisine, is known to possess a broad range of pharmacological properties at relatively nontoxic doses. Curcumin is found to be effective against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). As demonstrated by in vitro experiments, curcumin exerts even more potent effects when used in combination with various other antibacterial agents. Hence, curcumin which is a natural product derived from plant is believed to have profound medicinal benefits and could be potentially developed into a naturally derived antibiotic in the future. However, there are several noteworthy challenges in the development of curcumin as a medicine. S. aureus infections, particularly those caused by the multidrug-resistant strains, have emerged as a global health issue and urgent action is needed. It focuses on the antibacterial activities of curcumin against both methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA) and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). We also attempt to highlight the potential challenges in the effort of developing curcumin into a therapeutic antibacterial agent. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are becoming an increasing threat worldwide, particularly in the healthcare setting. This has led researchers and healthcare providers to begin looking elsewhere for solutions. Curcumin, a phenolic compound from the spice turmeric, has antibacterial properties that may be able to treat potentially life-threatening hospital infections, such as those caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Turmeric has been used in Asian medicine for thousands of years as a general antimicrobial.
Keywords: Curcumin, Staphylococcus Aureus, Curcuma Longa, Pseudomonas Aerugiona
Paper Id: 230104
Published On: 2023-05-22
Published In: Volume 11, Issue 3, May-June 2023
Cite This: An Overview on Multipurpose Medicine: Turmeric (Haldi) - Shraddha Upadhaye, Geetanjali Kasar, Lad S.D., Kshirsagar M.B., Rasve V.R. - IJIRMPS Volume 11, Issue 3, May-June 2023.