Turmeric root, Javanese (Curcumae xanthorrhizae rhizoma)

Published July 6, 1988; Revised September 1, 1990.
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Javanische Gelbwurz

Name of Drug

Curcumae xanthorrhizae rhizoma, Javanese turmeric.

Composition of Drug

Javanese turmeric consists of the sliced, dried, tuberous rhizomes of Curcuma xanthorrhiza Roxburgh (syn. Curcuma xanthorrhiza D. Dietrich) [Fam. Zingiberaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The rhizome contains essential oil and dicinnamoylmethane derivatives.


Peptic disorders.


Obstruction of bile ducts, gallstones. In case of gallstone, use only after consultation with a physician.

Side Effects

After prolonged use, stomach problems.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

2 g of rhizome; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration The crushed drug for infusions and other galenical forms for internal use.