Curcumin has proved to be very effective in treating a wide variety of digestive disorders because of its anti-inflammatory properties. There are different kinds of digestive disorders – mild indigestion, a life-long digestive condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or the more life-threatening ones like ulcerative colitis and colorectal cancer. Of the above, irritable bowel syndrome is the one that often goes undiagnosed because of its complex and unpredictable nature. Symptoms vary from diarrhea to constipation and cramping, to bloating and pain in the abdomen. Liver disease also comes in this category of conditions because of the liver’s significant role in the digestive process.

Because inflammation is a major factor in almost all the digestive disorders, curcumin effectively prevents, tackles and heals many digestive problems. Herbalists, because of their awareness of the power of healing botanicals, consider curcumin to be a good digestive because it makes the process of digestion easy and also helps in liver function.

Here are some ways in which curcumin plays a role in treating different digestive disorders:

  • Ulcerative colitis: According to a Japanese study, curcumin is a safe way of preventing the recurrences of ulcerative colitis and reducing side effects such as severe bleeding, ruptured colon, dehydration and liver disease in the small intestine.
  • Crohn’s disease: Crohn’s is an inflammatory disease that normally affects both the large and the small intestine. The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin have advantageous effects over conditions such as Crohn’s. Crohn’s is also referred to as inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome: Irritable bowel syndrome presents a cluster of problems that oscillate between diarrhea and constipation along with abdominal cramps, and bloating. The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin stop the growth of additional blood vessels to feed the inflamed area in the digestive tract.
  • Liver damage: Researchers state that curcumin prevents liver damage by blocking a molecule called NFkB, which is the cause for inflammation and tissue death. Curcumin also helps regenerate new liver tissue.


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Curcumin, The 21st Century Cure, By Jan McBarron, M.D., N.D.