Turmeric is used an herbal medicine for rheumatoid arthritis, chronic anterior uveitis, conjunctivitis, skin cancer small pox, chicken pox, wound healing, urinary tract infections and liver ailments.
Turmeric rhizome is used externally in China and Cambodia for cutaneous afflictions and internally against colic, amenorrhoea, and congestions. In Cambodia, the leaves are considered antipyretic.
In Japan, China and Papua New Guinea, the root is used as a stimulant. Other names for turmeric include curcuma, Indian saffron, Indian valerian, jiang huang, radix, red valerian and turmeric.
Turmeric in herbal medicine