Potential Benefits and Clinical Studies - Summary from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
To prevent cancer
Several animal studies suggest that turmeric prevents colon, stomach, and skin cancers in rats exposed to carcinogens.
To treat infections
One clinical trial showed that turmeric does not help lower viral load in HIV positive patients.
To reduce inflammation
Laboratory and animal studies suggest that turmeric reduces inflammation. There are ongoing clinical trials on this effect in humans.
To treat kidney stones
No scientific evidence supports this use.
To relieve stomach and intestinal gas
No clinical trials have evaluated this use.