(Curcuma longa L.)
Reasons not to take turmeric
In the picture: dried rhizomes of turmeric
Who should avoid taking Turmeric?
– Gallstones: One should not take turmeric in case of gallstones or gallbladder stones.
– If you take antithrombotic or anticoagulant medication: turmeric may increase the effects of antithrombotic medication or anti-coagulant, so DO NOT take turmeric supplements during medication.
Some drugs are aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin).
– Before surgery: turmeric can affect blood clotting. Do not take turmeric if an operation is pending.
– Children under 3 years: turmeric supplements are not suitable for infants under 3 years.
Turmeric during pregnancy and lactation
Turmeric may have emenagogue effects. It is not recommended to take turmeric supplements if you are a pregnant women.
There is insufficient information to determine the safety of turmeric during lactation.
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