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.

It is effective?

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.

How does it work?

Is there concern for the safety of its use?
When taken by mouth: Javanese turmeric is possibly safe when used at a dose of 60 mg daily for up to 18 weeks. Javanese turmeric is possibly unsafe when used in larger amounts or for longer periods of time. It might cause stomach irritation and nausea.

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.

Are there any drug interactions?

Warfarin (Coumadin)

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.

Are there any interactions with herbs and supplements?
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Are there any interactions with food?
There are no known interactions with foods.

What dose is used?
There isn’t enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of Javanese turmeric might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

By what other names is the product known?
Curcuma, Curcuma de Java, Curcuma Javanais, Cúrcuma Javanesa, Curcuma xanthorrhiza, Curcumae Xanthorrhizae Rhizoma, Java Turmeric, Safran des Indes, Témoé-lawacq, Témoé-lawaq, Temu Lawak, Temu Lawas, Tewon Lawa.

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