Pharmacological activities of Curcuma caesia

Satyendra Singh Baghel, Rajendra Singh Baghel, Kshamashil Sharma, Indu Sikarwar


Curcuma caesia Roxb. is a perennial, erect rhizomatous herb with large leaves. Fresh rhizomes are aromatic with intense
camphoraceous odour, cultivated for its rhizomes, which are used in traditional medicine. The plant is reported to contain camphor,
ar‑turmerone, (Z)‑ocimene, ar‑curcumene, 1, 8‑cineole, elemene, borneol, bornyl acetate and curcumene as the major constituents. The plant has been reported to have antifungal activity, anti‑asthmatic, smooth muscle relaxant, antimicrobial activity, antioxidant activity, analgesic, locomotor depressant, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant effects, anti‑inflammatory properties. It is now considered as a valuable source of unique natural products for development of medicines against various diseases. This review gives a view mainly on the meditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacological actions of the plant.
Key words: Black turmeric, Curcuma caesia, Kali Haldi, meditional use, pharmacological activity

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