Turmeric, scientifically known as Curcuma longa, is a widely consumed medicinal plant with various therapeutic properties. The main compound found in turmeric, curcumin, is responsible for its medicinal effects. Curcumin exhibits anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. This article explains the process of deworming and its importance. We will also discuss whether turmeric can be used as a dewormer.
What is deworming?
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that worm infections affect more than one third of the global population, especially children and those live in poverty. Although these infections rarely cause acute symptoms, they have long-term and chronic consequences, negatively impacting various aspects of a child’s development, including health, nutrition, cognition, learning, and access to education.
Why is deworming necessary?
The WHO says children require deworming because they are more susceptible to worm infections due to their developing immune systems. If left untreated, these infections can hinder healthy growth. It can also result in poor nutrition and impair their ability to concentrate and learn. Deworming treatment is a simple, safe, and effective way to reduce the number of worms in each child. Regular deworming contributes to improved health and nutrition among school-age children.
Does turmeric possess deworming properties?
Maybe. In a 2018 study turmeric, specifically its active compound curcumin, has been studied for its potential deworming properties. Research suggests that curcumin may have anthelmintic effects against certain parasites such as Leishmaniasis, Acanthamoeba castellanii, Entamoeba histolytica, Trichomonas vaginalis and many more. However, it’s important to note that the deworming properties of turmeric and curcumin are still under investigation. We need further research to fully understand its efficacy, optimal dosages, and potential side effects in the context of deworming treatments.
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