- Traditional doses are in the range of 1.5-3 grams of turmeric root taken by mouth daily in divided doses. As a tea, 1-1.5 grams of dried root may be steeped in 150 milliliters of water for 15 minutes and taken by mouth twice daily. Average dietary intake of turmeric in the Indian population may range between 2 and 2.5 grams, corresponding to 60-200 milligrams of curcumin daily.
- Various turmeric preparations have been taken by mouth: for cancer, 750 milligrams of turmeric twice daily; for heartburn, 250 milligrams of dried root powder (containing 0.02 milliliters of volatile oil and 0.024 grams of total curcuminoids) four times daily for seven days; for irritable bowel syndrome, 60 milligrams three times daily for 18 weeks; for sores of the mouth, 0.6 milliliters of turmeric oil three times daily for one month and one milliliter in three divided doses for two months; for osteoarthritis, two grams extract daily for six weeks; and for peptic ulcer disease, 250 milligrams of powdered turmeric root four times daily, or six grams of turmeric daily in three divided doses, or 300 milligrams of turmeric five times daily.
- Turmeric has also been applied to the skin: for cancer, turmeric alcohol extract or 0.5% curcumin ointment in Vaseline® administered three times daily for up to four weeks; and for scabies, the affected area has been covered with a paste containing a 4:1 mixture ofAzadirachta indica (neem) and turmeric for up to 15 days. Scabies should be treated under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional.
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