Turmeric is used to relieve the symptoms of a number of conditions such as arthritis, diarrhea, heartburn, jaundice and gallbladder disorders, according to WebMD. Other conditions often treated with turmeric include lung infections, leprosy, bronchitis, menstrual issues and colds.
Turmeric is commonly applied to the skin to treat conditions such as ringworm, leech bites, infected wounds and bruising, claims WebMD. Research also shows that taking turmeric by mouth can help to heal an upset stomach and ease the pain associated with osteoarthritis. As of 2015, research has not, however, been able to successfully claim that turmeric is a successful medicinal herb for other conditions.
Turmeric should not be used for a long term fix and is only safe when used for less than eight months, explains WebMD. There are usually no side effects from turmeric, but some patients report dizziness, nausea, diarrhea and upset stomach. People with chronic stomach issues should avoid taking turmeric. Those who have gall bladder issues should also not take turmeric as it can make these issues worse. Since turmeric may slow the clotting of blood, it is recommended that those who have bleeding disorders also avoid turmeric. Diabetics should also avoid taking turmeric as it may cause blood sugar to fall thanks to a chemical in turmeric known as curcumin.