What is it?
Javanese turmeric (Curcuma xanthorrhiza) is a plant native to Indonesia and Malaysia. The root and rhizome are traditionally used for stomach disorders.
Javanese turmeric contains chemicals that might increase bile production in the body.
People use Javanese turmeric for indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder problems, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don’t confuse Javanese turmeric with Turmeric (Curcuma longa), Goldenseal, or Zedoary. These are different plants with different effects.
Effective for …
There is interest in using Javanese turmeric for a number of purposes, but there isn’t enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn’t enough reliable information to know if Javanese turmeric is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Liver or gallbladder disease: Don’t use Javanese turmeric if you have liver or gallbladder problems. Javanese turmeric can increase the production of bile, and that could make your condition worse. If you have gallstones, talk to your healthcare provider before using Javanese turmeric.
Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Javanese turmeric can decrease how quickly the body breaks down warfarin. Taking Javanese turmeric along with warfarin might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin might need to be changed.
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