Turmeric and curcumin are therapeutic as topical agents in cancer therapy. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Turmeric and curcumin as topical agents in cancer therapy.
Tumori. 1987 Feb 28;73(1):29-31. PMID: 2435036
An ethanol extract of turmeric ("Curcuma longa") as well as an ointment of curcumin (its active ingredient) were found to produce remarkable symptomatic relief in patients with external cancerous lesions. Reduction in smell were noted in 90% of the cases and reduction in itching in almost all cases. Dry lesions were observed in 70% of the cases, and a small number of patients (10%) had a reduction in lesion size and pain. In many patients the effect continued for several months. An adverse reaction was noticed in only one of the 62 patients evaluated.