Curcumin potential for new tuberculosis treatment
Curcumin that is an active chemical compound in the spice turmeric may be effective for treating drug resistant tuberculosis that has become a public health concern.
A new study that was carried out in lab cultures and not yet on humans found curcumin was able to remove the organism that causes tuberculosis - Mycobacterium.
The compound in the Indian spice stimulated cells called macrophages that play an important part in immune function.
What that means is that curcumin could potentially be used as a treatment for tuberculosis strains that cannot be eradicated with drugs.
The study results are published in the journal Respirology.
Curcumin has shown much potential for as a medicinal for cancer treatment, as an anti-inflammatory and much more. Researchers have been studying the compound in hopes of finding ways to develop targeted treatments for a variety of diseases.
Dr. Xiyuan Bai said in a media release that the finding still needs confirmation, adding that if the research is validated curcumin from turmeric could become a new treatment for drug resistant tuberculosis.