Why are some people so sensitive to turmeric?
The herb is highly regarded in South Asia, with people who have suffered from osteoarthritis or other joint problems using it to help with pain relief.
The supplement has also been used to treat cancer and other serious illnesses, and many people in South America, Asia and Africa have been taking it for decades.
The WHO has said it is not known whether the drug causes cancer.
Dr K. Raman, who has studied turmeric for over 40 years, said that many of its health benefits were in line with conventional medicine, and that many people did not know that they could get the medicine without a prescription.
“People don’t know that it’s safe, and they don’t realise how many different types of medicine are available and what they’re worth,” he said.
“And it’s not a prescription medication, it’s a medicine of the body.”
Dr Raman said turmeric was considered to be a natural anti-inflammatory, as well as a powerful anti-oxidant.
“It’s a natural plant that is used in many traditional medicines to help heal the body,” he added.
Dr Ramant said people with chronic joint pain should not get the supplement, and said it was not recommended for people with other conditions.
“You should not use it if you have chronic pain or are concerned about the quality of your health or wellbeing,” he told the ABC.
Dr Singh said the supplement could be harmful to the body if it was taken regularly, and if taken too frequently.
“I think it’s dangerous to take turmeric on a regular basis, as it has been associated with many adverse effects, and also to take it too frequently because it’s taken in a way that makes it toxic,” he explained.
“There are many side effects, including kidney damage, liver damage and liver toxicity.”
In a report published in the journal Drug Safety, Dr Singh and Dr Ramannan suggested turmeric supplements be tested for their safety and effectiveness, and recommended that people who had had their joint surgery and were still suffering pain should consider alternatives to the drug.
“In light of the serious health concerns about turmeric, its possible that the safety and efficacy of this drug may not be fully appreciated,” they wrote.
“Therefore, further clinical trials are warranted to evaluate the safety of turmeric in people with osteoathritis and/or other joint pain conditions.”
Dr Singh also said there were concerns about the drug’s effect on blood pressure and heart disease.
“The major adverse effect of turamide in osteoarticular patients is an elevation in systolic blood pressure,” he wrote.
In another paper, published in 2016, the team at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) said that turmeric had not been tested for heart health benefits and that further studies were needed.
“Studies are needed to determine the safety, tolerability and efficacy (of turmeric as an alternative to standard drugs) of a clinical trial for the use of turumen in the management of cardiac disorders in patients with congestive heart failure,” they concluded.
Turmeric supplements were not tested in the same way as conventional drugs, as they had not received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.
The Australian National Drug Research Centre (ANDR) said it would not be able to conduct a clinical trials of turmote for heart conditions.
The research team said turmoses mechanism of action could be related to the molecule that it contains.
Turmose is a plant hormone that is found in the leaves of turcaceae, which are the major spice family in South and Central Asia.
Dr Kumar said turmerase was a different molecule from the one found in turmeric.
“Turmase is a compound that regulates the metabolism of certain drugs by increasing the rate of synthesis,” he noted.
“This drug is used as a supplement in South Asian countries to increase energy levels, or as an anti-diabetic medication.”
The drugs that are synthesised from turmose are very potent and have a very strong effect on the body, and it is believed that turmase could help regulate these drugs and increase energy and metabolism,” Dr Kumar added.
He said it might be possible to develop a turmeric-based treatment for people who suffer from chronic joint disease.
Dr Rajesh Sharma, a professor of pharmacy at the University of Sydney and a member of the ANDR research team, said the drug should not be given to people with severe arthritis or other conditions that are not controlled by a drug.
He added that the drug could also cause adverse reactions in people who were taking other drugs, including antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs.
He also noted that turamine supplements could be a threat to the environment, as some of the chemicals that were produced by turmeric were known to leach into the environment.
Dr Sharma said turamines metabolites could