Looking at a couple of sites it states:


This is perhaps one of the most powerful herbs and is helpful for just about everything. It boasts powerful properties. it is an anticancer, anti- inflammatory, wound-healing, worm-expelling, and an overall body purifier. This is a very safe herb to consume regularly for maintaining health as well as to use medicinally. Pair with coconut oil and black pepper for improved absorption

It cites reference to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26261481 but that does not talk about the effects on bacteria (or so I can tell). The other link http://www.drlise.net/attachments/tumeric.pdf seems broken

Also the uncited page http://naturalon.com/top-10-natural-cures-for-removing-internal-parasites/view-all/ says

Turmeric has a multitude of health benefits and one of them is for the treatment of parasitic infections

I have had an in-law also "encourage" us to put tumeric in our toddlers milk because it raises body temperature which can assist in killing off a cold, which I imagine is viral which I cannot see is possible (unless it boosts the immuse system). Found a site that says the same: http://www.naturalnews.com/048186_warming_spices_body_temperature_herbal_medicine.html

Is there any truth to having tumeric to assist in killing "bugs" (including raising body temperature), either bacterial or viral?

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    "Just about everything" -- no. I now have to look up "turmeric", but, no. ;-)
    – DevSolar
    Jul 10, 2017 at 6:51
  • Also, "personal medical questions and health advice are off-topic on Skeptics. We can not safely answer questions for your specific situation and you should always consult a doctor for medical advice."
    – DevSolar
    Jul 10, 2017 at 6:52
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    Whenever someone is trying to sell you a herbal miracle cure and "Purifier" then it's very safe to assume that they're full of it and looking to make some money selling their snake oil
    – Magisch
    Jul 10, 2017 at 7:05
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    If someone offers you a "herb" that will "cure cancer", you can pretty much stop listening to them there. The sheer amount of things they clearly don't understand about cancer guarantees that whatever else they'll say after that will be either wrong or false and you might as well save yourself the time. Jul 10, 2017 at 12:55
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    @Magisch: The profit motive would seem to be negligible here, since turmeric is available at my grocery store (WinCo) for around $3/lb. There's some creditable research showing that turmeric & other curcuminoids do have some positive health effects (see Google or Google Scholar), but it's by no means a universal miracle cure - otherwise there would be no sick Indians :-)
    – jamesqf
    Jul 10, 2017 at 16:54


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