curcumin leads to remission in people with colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a common and painful inflammatory bowel disease. Curcumin is a powerful botanical that is invaluable for cancer, impressive for depression and one of the most effective for osteoarthritis. It may be just as life changing for people struggling with colitis. . . .

This double-blind study included 50 people with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis who were not responding to the drug mesalamine. They all stayed on the mesalamine, but, while half added a placebo, half added 3g a day of curcumin, the active ingredient in the herb turmeric, for one month.

By the end of the study, mesalamine still wasn’t working: none of the people who added a placebo to the drug were in remission. But, 53.8% of those who added curcumin were in clinical remission. That means that curcumin worked when the drug alone didn’t in a significant number of people.

And the curcumin helped even more people than that. When you look not just at complete remission but at how many people were helped by the herb, while only 12.5% responded to the addition of the placebo, a 65.3% responded when they started taking curcumin. Again, that is a significant advantage with the herb.

38% of the curcumin group achieved endoscopic remission versus none in the placebo group.

While there was significant benefit to adding curcumin, there was no cost: adverse events were rare and no different than placebo, meaning that curcumin is valuable and safe for treating ulcerative colitis.

A small, previous pilot study also found curcumin to help inflammatory bowel disease (Dig Dis Sci 2005;50(11):2191-3)


Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2015;13(8):1444-1449.e1



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