Important Facts About Turmeric
Is It Effective?There is not enough evidence to evaluate the effectiveness of the spice for most uses. Some uses have more scientific evidence in their favor than others (see Does Turmeric Work? for more information).
(Click Turmeric Dosage for more information.)
Side Effects of TurmericEven though it is a "natural" product, turmeric can cause side effects, such as diarrhea and nausea.
(Click Turmeric Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsTheoretically, it could interact with some medications (see Turmeric Drug Interactions).
SafetyTurmeric is considered safe when used in normal amounts in food. It is not known if medicinal uses are equally as safe. Some people are more likely than others to experience problems. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it if you have:
- A bleeding disorder
- Gallstones or gallbladder disease
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Turmeric and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Turmeric and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Is Turmeric Safe? for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)