Turmeric / Curcumin Dosage for Cancer : A Scientific Plan

According to 2012 worldwide stats, more than 14 mn new cases of cancer were detected in a year. More than 8 mn died due to cancer.

This makes cancer one of the leading causes of death across the world.

What is more disturbing is the fact that the number of new cases are likely to increase by 70% in coming 2 decades. Thus, cancer is showing no signs of slowing down.

Cancer is very different from most body disorders and so is its treatment. Modern medicine uses chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to treat cancer.

All 3 have their limitations and benefits.

Today, alternative treatments of cancer are been explored in great detail and a very promising one is curcumin – active ingredient of spice turmeric.

Numerous studies on animals and humans have shown positive effects of curcumin on various types of cancer and scientist believe it to be a great adjunct to traditional methods to treat cancer.

But how much curcumin one should take?

There is lot of debate over this. We try to answer this query here.

Curcumin Dosage for Cancer : A Science Science Based Plan

Dr. Bharat B Aggarwal is pioneer in exploring curcumin as alternate treatment for various disorders in body including cancer.

Dr. Aggarwal has published more than 600 scientific papers; many of them are on benefits of turmeric / curcumin to human body.

turmeric dosage for cancer a scientific plan

We discussed with him the dosage of turmeric for people suffering from cancer and he has proposed the following 8 week regimen:

Curcumin for Cancer : 8 Week Regimen

Week 1: Start with small dosage of 1 gm curcumin per day. If you see no side effects, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 2.

Week 2: Increase the dosage of curcumin to 2 gm/ day. Again check for any issues side effects etc. If everything looks fine, take it for a week and proceed to dosage of week 3.

Week 3: Double the dosage again to 4 gm / day. Again if things look fine, continue for a week and go for final step.

Week 4-8: Double again to 8 gm / day. Continue this for 5 weeks

Here is the same info in an image form to take a print:

turmeric dosage for cancer - 8 week regimen

I know there will be so many questions in your mind regarding this and I have tried to answer them below

Q. Isn’t so much of curcumin harmful?

Curcumin in large dosage is known to cause issues if taken for a very long time.

Studies done have found curcumin dosage of even 12 gms day to be safe till 3 months.

Thus it is unlikely to cause any serious issues.

Q. Why I need so much, in normal cases I just take 1 tsp turmeric?

Cancer is an aggressive disorder and a prompt action is very necessary to check its growth.

Therefore large dosages are required here.

Q. What if I do not note any benefits even after 8 weeks?

According to Dr. Aggarwal, if there is no improvement noted even after 8 weeks then curcumin is very less likely to help you.

Q. Can I get this much curcumin by taking turmeric powder?

You cannot.

It is very hard to get this amount of curcumin by taking turmeric powder given the fact that a typical powder only has 3-4% curcumin.

So to get even 1 gm curcumin you will have to take 25-30 gms of turmeric powder. In case of 8 gms you will have to take 200 gms of turmeric powder a day, which is not possible.

Thus, you have to use a trusted brand of curcumin supplements here. The studies done on curcumin and cancer also used curcumin supplements for their research.

Q. How do I take curcumin?

Curcumin powder can be taken along with milk, fluids, etc.

Take them with fats and black pepper for best results as it improved its bioavailability.

Another way is to take curcumin supplements which already have absorption promoting ingredients. Most supplements already have piperine or other compounds to improve their bioavailability.

If not, then you can take the capsules just after taking fats such as coconut oil / olive oil mixed with grounded black pepper.

Nanocurcumin is also becoming a popular choice, but it seems to be in nascent stage.

General precautions

It is good to discuss the regimen with your doctor before starting as there may be interactions with the medications you have been prescribed.

Also, make sure you stop taking curcumin supplements 2 weeks before a surgery.

Which curcumin supplement brand should I buy?

It is extremely important to choose right supplement brand.

We are trying to figure out a brand we can whole-heartedly recommend but till then you can explore these brands which are popular and have very good customer reviews (for USA).

To ensure the brands we mention are the best among what is available, we have made sure that the brands mentioned have:

  • more than 4/5 in terms of rating
  • more than 400 verified customer reviews on Amazon. More verified customers more the credibility.
  • more than 90% of 5 star reviews are by verified customers. Many brands put fake positive reviews. Just considering verified purchases helps to solve the issue to some extent.

For the sake of record, we have mentioned all the above 3 parameters alongside brand name (they are subject to change in future):

In the end..

In our email exchange, Dr. Bharat agreed with the philosophy that in case of most disorders taking good quality turmeric powder is fine. Also he stressed that one should make turmeric as part of life, this will prevent body from any future diseases.

In the end, it is advisable to let your doctor know if you plan to start “Curcumin for Cancer” regimen.

Hope this helps.

Do let us know your views about it by commenting below.

224 Comments

  1. Hi. I have just been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at an early stage. I am getting confused with the recommended dosages of Theracurmin. Is it 300mg?

    1. Hi. It is best to consult a health practitioner about specific dosages of curcumin formulations like Theracurmin. The above mentioned turmeric for cancer dosage are for standardized 95% curcumin with bioperine.

  2. Hello. My son is 7 months old and he’s been diagnosed with brain tumor , anaplastic ependymoma stage III . They have told us that chemotherapy would help shrink the remaining of the tumor and they could go in surgically and scrape it off . We have just started the treatment , however we are looking into healthy alternatives to help him fight this . We are looking into cannabis oil , anything that would allow us to give him less anti nausea medications.. my questions are 1) would tumeric be helpful in his case ? 2) if yes what should the dosage be given his age ? 3) could I possibly mix the tumeric with formula or essiac tea? And 4) could I continue giving it along with chemotherapy and on going mri s ?
    Thank you in advance 🙂
    Angela

    1. Hi. We have not come across any specific evidence that suggests turmeric can benefit in anaplastic ependymoma; but yes turmeric and curcumin has anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. Adding spices such as turmeric to a baby’s diet is permissible only after 8 months of age. Please consult a herbalist or naturopath about this.

  3. Dear Sir, I have a rare form of ovarian cancer that is considered indolent, meaning that it randomly goes from active to inactive from time to time. I am currently on week 4 of the cancer protocol, and wondered how often you might recommend that I repeat cancer dosing when the cancer isn’t always active. Also, is there a standard dose that I should take between cancer doses? Your advice would be most appreciated.

  4. Hi,
    My mother was diagnosed 2 years ago with NSCLC with metastisies to 2 hilar lymph nodes and the omentum caking. Her primary tumor has shrunk from 17mm to 11mm. Both lymph nodes are below 10mm. Recent CT scan shows growth only in the omentum into the bile duct. 6 days ago a stent was placed in the bile duct to clear Jaundice. No other metastisies. We have also been on Chinese mushroom herbs, Accupuncture and THC cannabis oil for 1 year. We started a fruit and veggie juice diet and only green salads 2 days ago. We also started DRS BEST HIGH OBSORBTION CURCUMIN WITH PIPERIENE. http://au.m.iherb.com/Doctor-s-Best-Curcumin-High-Absorption-500-mg-120-Capsules/13?gclid=CLv8_ND8pdECFdcRvQodRXYG6g

    I am following the dosage according to your chart.

    Can you please tell me if I am on the right track? We are going to also start the golden paste tomorrow. 2-3 teaspoons a day on salads or smoothies.

    I am also giving her camu camu powder and moringa powder in her juice daily.

    Really looking forward to hearing from you especially regarding the brand of curcumin I’m using.

  5. Some wonderful information on this site. I’m diagnosed with lung cancer at stage 4 so I have nothing to lose. The only treatment I have been offered is palliative.
    I am half way through my first cycle of circumin therapy, my question is how long a break would you need between cycles and would you start from the beginning or continue at 8 grams.

    1. Hi. You would not need to break the cycle. After the 8 week cycle you can conduct tests to see whether curcumin has helped you. If results are positive then continue with the 8g dosage and discuss the length of the treatment with your health practitioner or herbalist or naturopath.

      1. Curcumin is available in capsule form as standardized 95% curcumin and it is preferable to take capsule over curcumin powder so that the dose is fixed but this depends on the condition you are treating.

    2. Hello Allan. Please at the end of your first cycle of curcumin treatment, will be nice if you can post your findings if it did work for you that way a poll of success can be done. I hope it does because i believe in miracles. All the best!

  6. Hi,

    I have a benign nerve tumor on the hearing nerve in my skull (but outside the brain).This is called acoustic neuroma in medical terms. It’s not cancer but if grows more than 2cm, it needs to be taken out through surgery or shrunk through radiation as it can press on the brain and can cause fatality. It’s of 1.2cm size currently and is a slow growing tumor. I want this tumor to shrink and disappear naturally. Shall i take the above dosage mentioned for cancer patients or should it be a different dosage for me?

    Regards,

    Naveed

    1. Hi Naveed. This is the same dosage of turmeric/curcumin to be followed for cancer treatment or for treating tumors (malignant/non malignant). These conditions require high doses of curcumin and hence this pattern has been outlined by scientists. Please discuss this with your doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
      The suggested brands are mentioned in the article. Avoid taking them on an empty stomach and do not take them at the same time as taking other meds. Maintain a 3-4 hour gap.

  7. Hello,
    Can I take the Golden Paste while I take antibiotics for my tooth inflammation?(the wisdom tooth)
    I’have to have that tooth removed in a few days.Can I take the Golden Paste?
    Thank you..

    1. Hi. Yes you can continue consuming Golden Paste for reducing inflammation, protecting from infection and speeding up healing in dental process. Avoid taking it at the same time as other meds, maintain 3-4 hour gap.

  8. hello,

    My husband was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He is starting chemo this week, recently I have head about the benefits of turmeric. He has been taking about one teaspoons with a smoothie consisting of fruits and vegetables twice day. Is this ideal? Or do you recommend other ways of taking it? Since giving him the smoothies with the turmeric his energy levels have increased, prior to giving him the turmeric he was very fatigued.

    1. The fact that his energy level has increased, it does mean that turmeric in diet is helping him. However we would suggest giving him 1 tsp in divided doses over the day. You can also make Golden Paste out of the powder and include 1 tsp of it in his smoothies.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      Also the dosage of turmeric for cancer has been outlined above. Such conditions require high doses of curcumin so it is advised to take supplements. Please discuss this with your doctor before starting turmeric supplements.

  9. Hi!

    Many thanks for providing the public with so much useful information.

    I was just diagnosed with stage 1 thyroid cancer and some of my nodules seems to be affected.
    I was advised by my doctor to have an operation but I would like to try alternative medicine for a couple of months, go for a revaluation and decide on the operation later.

    Can you please advise a turmeric dosage for me?
    Also any other advice it will be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Maria

    1. Maria, the dosage for turmeric for cancer has been outlined above. These conditions require high levels of curcumin and hence such a dose has been recommended by researchers. Based on evaluations and test you can judge whether turmeric supplements at 4g is working for you or should you go for a higher dose. It is advisable to follow the dosage outlined above. Consult your doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

  10. My boyfriend was diagnosed with esophagus cancer yesterday. Waiting on the endoscopy with ultrasound to find out the depth of the mass. When do you recommend taking the 8 week cycle? If he needs chemo and or radiation before surgery.
    Also can you do the 8 week cycle again after time has passed? Or just 8 weeks and that’s it.
    How much do you recommend to take daily to not have the cancer spread or come back?

    1. Anna, turmeric treatment can be taken before or even during the cancer therapy. It will help as anti-cancer agent and to counteract side effects of cancer therapy. Please consult the doctor about this.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/scientific-research-on-turmeric/curcumin-reduces-side-effects-of-conventional-cancer-therapy
      Benefits should be seen within the 8 weeks treatment span but one can repeat the cycle.
      Turmeric can be included in diet at 1 tsp per day with black pepper and/or fats for better absorption. But start introducing turmeric in diet at small doses of 1/4 tsp for a week and increase if no gastric side effects are observed. Also when already taking turmeric supplements limit dietary intake to 1/2 tsp turmeric powder to avoid side effects due to high doses. Please consult the doctor before starting turmeric supplements.

  11. Hi ! Excellent website and articles, Good Job !
    Question: Is Curcumin C3 Reduct and C3 Complex the same thing ?
    Also, are there any known contra-indications when also taking Fucoidan Fremented Wheat Germ (Avemar), Amygdalin (“Vit B17”), and/or Flax Seeds and Oil ?
    Cheers, Chris

    1. Curcumin C3 reduct involves curcumin metabolites or compounds formed after processing curcumin called tetrahydrocurcumin. Curcumin C3 complex constitutes the naturally existing curcuminoids in turmeric- curcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin and demethoxycurcumin. So the dosage requirements of the two formulations will differ.
      There haven’t been any reports of curcumin interactions with the supplements you have mentioned. But is good to keep a 3 hour gap. Turmeric and curcumin goes well with oils and aids in absorption. Thank you for your question and feedback.

  12. Hi !
    Is Curcumin C3 reduct and C3 complex the same ting ?
    Also are there any known contra-indications with also using Fucoidan, Fermented Wheat germ (Avemar), Amygdalin (“Vit B17”), and/or Flax Seed and Flax Seed oil ?
    Thank you for excellent website and work.
    Cheers, Chris

  13. My mum was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in April 2015. She had 4 rounds of chemo before masectomy and 4rounds after. The doctors want to start her off on gemcitabine+carboplatin now, cos her lungs look compromised. Can she take curcumin supplements with these chemo drugs and which ones would you advise.
    She has been drinking the boiled turmeric roots.

    1. Hi Molly. She can take curcumin supplements as outlined above but you must discuss it with her doctor first. Curcumin may increase sensitivity of cancer cells to the therapeutic action of chemotherapeutic drugs; this is good but tin that case the dosage needs to be monitored. Avoid giving turmeric at the same time as other medicines and avoid giving them on an empty stomach.

  14. Good morning sir, thank you for your hope with our loved ones. My father has prostate cancer that has spread to his liver. We have done 3 chemotherapy last March. His numbers dropped to 35. He had a knee surgery in May of this year. When we went back to his oncologist at our veterans hospital, his numbers climbed to 440 then to 665. At this time he was on prednisone and another chemotherapy pill. Which he was removed from and bput on another chemotherapy pill, will get name. Which has given us many trips to the ER with dehydration, and a UTI. He is now in the hospital on light morphine for his pain to his liver and taken off all other chemotherapy drugs. He has lost 35 pounds in the last month do to pressure on his stomach from the liver. His numbers on the last PSA were climbing about 1890. We are waiting on oncology to decide what is next. In the meantime I saw your wonderful blog. I bought turmeric curcumin C3 Complex by Vita breeze. How should I use? Also I read on the National Cancer page about the effects of canibas oils. What do you think. We live in California where it just became legal. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. Yvette

    1. Hi Yvette. We can’t comment on the efficacy of cannibis oil in cancer. However the dosage of curcumin for cancer has been outlined above. Please make sure that the supplements you have bought contain black pepper extract or bioperine for better absorption. Please consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements. The supplements should not be taken on an empty stomach and also keep a 3-4 hour gap between taking these supplements and any other medicine.
      You can also include turmeric in his diet as Golden Paste.You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds. http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  15. Dear Dr. Aggarwal,

    I am john from India and i was diagnosed with colon cancer and the tumor was removed from the large intestine in December 2015 and I underwent chemotherapy (oral tablets 8 cycles) till June after that I started taking natural turmeric extract (turmocure) 4 drops mixed with pepper in one glass of warm water in the morning after breakfast and 4 drops in night after dinner (Turmocure bottle contains total 7 ml).You are kindly requested to advise me whether the quantity (8 drops per day) is enough.

    Your feedback on the above will be highly appreciated.

    1. Hi John. When using turmeric for cancer we recommend including turmeric in diet and taking curcumin supplements. Curcumin is required in high concentrations for cancer treatment. The dosage has been outlined above.
      Since we do not know about the components of the extract you are taking we cannot comment much on this. You can consult a homeopathy doctor or Ayurvedic practitioner with regards to this.

  16. I´ve just had a hysterectomy to get rid of my womb cancer, but because the cancer was at the bottom of the womb there might be a 5% chance that there might be a stray cell hanging around. What treatment do you recommend.

    1. Hi. We recommend following the above mentioned dosage for at least 1 cycle. This should help in taking care of residual cells if any. Thereafter you can repeat diagnostic tests to evaluate yourself. Please speak to your doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
      Also we would advise you to take Golden Paste or include turmeric in diet. You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1 tsp 2 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  17. Hi Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, my name is Bashkim. I am interested to know if I take the curcumin 500mg capsule with black seed oil ( nigela sativa) instead olive oil or coconat oil. If it is, how many capsules of curcumin 500 mg. mUst we take in a day and what is protion with black seed oil for breast cancer please?
    Thank you for understanding

    1. Hi. You can take curcumin supplements with nigella sativa oil. The dosage is outlined above. For 1 gram it would 2 capsules of 500mg each a day, for 2g it would be 4 capsules and so on. 1 tsp of oil would do. Also take the supplements after a meal as the dietary fat would help in absorption and you can also include a dash of black pepper in your meals.

  18. Does taking Golden paste help with the side effects of chemotherapy, for example, the sickness, sore mouth and bladder inflammation. The treatment is for non hodgkinsons lymphoma. Thank you.

  19. I have just been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and I want to use natural holistic therapies. Why do I see several websites that say diabetics should NOT take curcumin, but they don’t say why. And yet other websites say curcumin could reverse diabetes?

    1. Hi Joyce. The dosage of curcumin for cancer is outlined in the above article. Curcumin has anti-hyperglycemic property or blood sugar lowering property therefore it is theoretically assumed that it would have an additive effect with diabetes medication that could lower blood sugar abnormally.
      However that does not happen and here is a study that proves it too:
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/scientific-research-on-turmeric/curcumin-enhances-therapeutic-effect-of-conventional-anti-diabetic-drug
      And yes turmeric can reverse as well as help in diabetes
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/turmeric-your-miracle-weapon-against-diabetes
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-cures/8-benefits-of-turmeric-in-prediabetes
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/scientific-research-on-turmeric/turmeric-regenerate-pancreas-type-1-diabetes
      Your condition requires curcumin but we advise not to take curcumin supplements at the same time as any other drugs because it interferes drug metabolism and can increase the concentration of other drugs in the system. Also avoid taking them on an empty stomach and please discuss it with your doctor before starting on turmeric supplements.

  20. Hello,
    Mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized throughout her body. She is in hormone therapy and already takes so many pills. What can you recommend for her as far as supplement (turmeric or curcumin?) and dosage for improvement? Thank you in advance for your time and thanks to everyone who has shared your stories and Q&A.

    T

    1. Hi Tasha. Thank you for writing to us. For cancer we recommend turmeric supplements that is standardized 95% curcumin with bioperine and the brands and dosage have been outlined above. Curcumin is really helpful in breast cancer but since she is already on hormone therapy and other medications you must consult a doctor before giving curcumin supplements.
      If supplements are permitted then avoid taking it at the same time as other medications and it should not be taken on empty stomach.
      If supplements are not permitted, she can still take Golden Paste. This will help reduce side effects of cancer treatment and boost her immunity.
      Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds. http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

      1. Hello, I have been taking it for cancer… but it has helped my stinging needles and pins in my feet and legs nerve damage from chem an added bonus,, ,but my cea count went up has been 24, 25 for 4 years now 36 is that a problem ?? Does that mean my breast cancer is coming back.. should I stop taking it.. I am taking chemo but none that are listed…for lung cancer.. Please asap, I am concerned about the count…Thank you…

        1. Increased CEA levels could be due to variety of reasons such as infection or smoking. Please consult your doctor with regards to this.

  21. Hi from sunny Greece!
    I have a few questions to ask you.
    First of all,I was diagnosed with Smoldering Myeloma 2,5 years ago.That means that I am currently healthy,with no symptoms,no medication.My SM sleeps..I just have a blood test every 3 months to watch the numbers.
    the questions:
    1)Using the Golden Paste is enough for preventing my SM proceeding to active Myeloma,as long as my situation remains steady?I run a healthy life,I exercise,I trekk,I practice Qi Gong…
    2)Should I “keep” the choice of supplements for later,if some day my situation gets more serious?
    3)If I take supplements for 8 weeks,as you advice,and see improvement,should I repeat this ‘curcumine treatment” once in a while or not?
    4)When using Turmeric in daily food,should one stop it for a few days and start it again,as people do with other “super foods”?
    and
    5)Can I use turmeric and Goji Berries together?They are both blood thinners, I think.
    THANK YOU!!

    1. Hi Manolis. Taking Golden Paste would definitely be a plus point for Smoldering myeloma but we can’t guarantee whether it is as effective as curcumin supplements. You may require high doses of Golden Paste say perhaps 4 g of turmeric powder a day. Most cancer conditions do require high concentrations of curcumin so we would suggest incorporating both in order to prevent the disease from progressing.
      But it is advisable to consult a health practitioner about supplements. Coming to the cancer dosage of turmeric, for your condition if you do observe improvements after taking turmeric then you may have to maintain steady dose of at least 4g. We will definitely research more in this aspect and get back to you but till then its best to consult a herbalist.
      Turmeric can be used regularly in food there is no need to discontinue it. There has been a report of goji juice causing blood thinning but this needs more research. As of now it is best to avoid taking the two on the same day or even same time.

  22. My uncle was diagnosed with prostrate cancer 7 years ago he has not had chemotherapy when we last spoke it had reached lymph nodes and also his breast bone. He is keen to use Turmeric or supplements not sure ,please can you advise

    1. Hi Anna. The dosage of curcumin for cancer has been outlined above and the suggested brands are also mentioned. Please discuss this with the doctor prior to taking supplements. Avoid taking supplements close to the time of taking other medicines and do not take them on an empty stomach.
      Turmeric is found to be effective in prostate cancer and preventing metastasis.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-benefits/turmeric-benefits-for-prostate-cancer

  23. Hello,

    I have just been diagnosed with CML. I am in the Chronic Stage and will soon be starting the TKI inhibitor Tasigna. I would like to also use the turmeric. How should I begin?

    1. Hi Melissa. If you are opting for turmeric for cancer treatment you will need to take supplements as the condition requires high concentration of curcumin. The recommended brands and dosage guidelines are mentioned in the above article. Opt for a brand that has curcumin and piperine for better absorption.
      We have not come across any report of drug interactions of curcumin with tasigna. Firstly discuss turmeric with your doctor. Do not take turmeric supplements on an empty stomach and avoid taking it close to the time of taking other medicines. Maintain a 4 hour gap at least.

    1. Hi. Its preferable to consume turmeric powder (1 tsp a day) for cancer prevention. Turmeric has more compounds than curcumin that could help in cancer prevention and have health benefits. Combining it with black pepper and oil helps increase absorption.
      You can consume Golden Paste. Start with 1/4-1/2 tsp a day and increase gradually over weeks to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day or how it suits you.
      Best taken with meals and avoid taking it close to other medications.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      For supplements its best to consult a doctor about the formulation and dose.

  24. Hi dr. Agarwal
    im 38, I have papillary thyroid cancer left side is 1.5cm and right side follicular neoplasm. doctor told me for surgery and total removal of thyroid and than radiation therapy. before surgery I want to try natural treatment using turmeric powder
    could please tell me what the dose of curcumin should I take? and also is there any diet for thyroid cancer?

    regards,

    1. The dosage outlined above should help you and also the brands have been mentioned. It is advisable to take supplements for the condition requires high concentrations of curcumin as mentioned above but you can still include turmeric in diet. Discuss this with your doctor prior to taking supplements.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23561205

  25. I have stage 4 pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to my liver and to a mass in my lower bowel. I had an ileostomy and start Chemo next week. Since nothing gets to my lower bowel, is there a way to make raw curcumin inject-able for better absorption?

    1. Research on curcumin injectable is at a primitive stage limited to animal studies.There has been only one report of intravenous administration of liposomal curcumin that we came across.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25500488
      Can you consume food? Raw curcumin or turmeric is food and can be consumed via diet. Despite of the reduced absorption, if you can consume oral supplements then you should discuss liposomal curcumin or THERACURMIN with your doctor. Quite a number of studies have found THERACURMIN beneficial in advanced pancreatic cancer and drug resistant pancreatic cancer.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4110570/
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18628464/
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21603867/
      Theracurmin reduces size of curcumin particles for better absorption in small intestine. Have a look at the studies and discuss it with your doctor.

  26. Dear Doctor, My mom is suffering from Nasopharyngeal cancer stage 2 …. Can I give her fresh organic Raw turmeric chutney mixed with Black pepper powder in addition with olive oil…

    Also, what will be the recipe for same??

    Regards,
    Bazaid

  27. Good morning,
    I am a 42 years old female recently disgnosed with stage IV stomach cancer with metastasis in skin and bones. I am devastated as you can imagine, I have done 3 rounds of chemo (cisplatin and 5FU), my oncologist does not recomended surgery. The side effects from chemo are horrible, I am about to lose my job and insurance due to that, I am desperate!
    Pleaseee, I need your help! Does curcumin helps with the stomach cancer?
    I bought Curcumin tabs from InnovixLabs it contains curcumin C3 reduct/curcumin C3 complex/bioperine 200mg/25mg/25mg.
    How much should I take daily and how often?

    Thank you so much,

    Dani

    1. The dosage outlined above is for curcumin alone and recommendations for supplements is mentioned in the article. The supplement you have bought is next gen formulation of curcumin (200mg C3 reduct). 400mg of C3 reduct is equivalent to 1500mg of curcumin. So the dosage would differ accordingly. It is best to start with minimum dose and increase gradually as outlined in the article but it is advisable to consult a doctor or herbalist for the same for precise dosage.

    2. Dani, I am not a doctor. However, I cleared my prostate cancer using large doses of turmeric paste.
      Anyway, my advice is go on heavy doses of turmeric paste made with pepper and oil and take it every two hours (see cancer clinic blog Dr. C. Anderson, MD). You have nothing to lose but chances are you will improve your situation.
      Paste: Mix one cup of turmeric powder with boiling water to creat a paste, cook NOT MORE than 5 min. on LOW heat (even better under the steam), add 10 grams of pepper (1 ½ teaspoon), and 1.5 dcl olive oil. Take ¾ teaspoon doses with honey or jam as it is not so pleasant to taste.
      Bob

      1. Hi. Amazing to hear that you cleared prostate cancer with turmeric paste. Can you share your regimen for the benefit of others?

      2. hey, the turmeric pase has recepie with honey , i used manuka honey at the end when cooled down otherwise can loose it`s benefits , i also have had cancer in 2013 but peritoneal , had a chemo and did a lot of juicing with juicer / grinder which keeps all the vitamins and enczimes and do not oxidate in 48h in the fridge but organic if pos.
        Now Im taking Turmeric 3D from ==> Epigenetic.labs (USA) By following Ty Bollinger , Cris Wark (chris beet cancer with juicing & no chemo) They also got imunobooster 7M+ (which includes medical mashrooms) all fermented & also detox ready capsuls with no side effects …they do make only batches on lie orders you put your email if not there . iM also now using Mumio ( Ashvagandha ) in my coffee (prognozes are that this is going to be next chemo replacement soon)
        good luck guys

  28. Dear Dr. Bharat Aggarwal,

    I am a pharmacist and I am considering to give curcumin to my patient which is 10 year old boy suffering from the return of neuroblastoma. He takes from supplements Biobran (MGN-3, arabinoxylane) and Ecomer (alkyglycerols). I have in my pharmacy capsules with 95% curcumin. He cannot swallow capsules. I suppose it’s ok to take the powder out and mix it.

    My question is about dosage. You have wrote the dosage regimen but I suppose it is for the adults. He has cca 22 kg.

    Greetings from Croatia (Europe)

    1. Where has the neuroblastoma affected? How has he been treated prior and what medications is he on currently? Yes the dosage Dr. Aggarwal has mentioned is for adults. For children the dose is roughly 1/3 of adult dose for any medication. Curcumin is proven effective for neuroblastoma treatment but you need to discuss this prior with a health practitioner. It is ok to give the powder if he cant take the capsule, preferably mixed with oil and a pinch of black pepper with meals. But its best if you discuss this with the doctor.
      We would advise taking turmeric in diet as Golden Paste.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

      1. Thank you for your answer!

        I am a health practitioner (pharmacist with university degree) The origin of neuroblastoma was in 1 adrenal gland and that kidney was removed at the age 3. After that was done the megatherapy by the protocol NB 2004 and autologic transplantation of stem cells. In the age 5 the cancer went to remission. At he age 8 the cancer returned, it was localised (by the MIBG scintiscan) in the left maxillary sinus as a new origin and also in the abdomen and knees. Now he takes Irinotekan, Temodal as paliative chemotherapy; Dasatinib and Rapamycin by the protocol RIST (3-4 days random by the assessment of his oncologist).
        Here in Croatia most of doctors don’t have time to investigate plant supplements or anything what is OTC drug. It is mostly our job, but this is really a tricky part so that’s why I’m asking you 🙂
        My plan was to give him Sangreen ultra strong curcumin BCM-95 (95% curcuminoids, dry extract 25:1 or turmeric 900 mg and turmeric root oil 100 mg). 1 caps has 450 mg curcumin and 50 mg of turmeric oil.
        Can I make turmeric golden paste with it? And do you know maybe about interactions between the paste ond chemotherapy I wrote?

        Thank you so much for the answer

        1. Its a good decision to give him The Golden Paste. Follow the original recipe (include turmeric powder) and mix in the curcumin in the end after cooking and cooling the paste. The dose would be one third of the adult dose so it is advisable to increase in that manner. Its advisable to start with 1/8 tsp a day and increment the dose weekly as 1/4, 1/2 and so on.
          In terms of drug interactions, what curcumin does is that it increases the sensitivity of the cancer cells to chemotherapy and studies show that it has a synergistic action with each of the above mentioned drugs. Also curcumin follows the same biochemical pathways as some chemotherapeutic drugs; like it attacks mTOR in the same manner as rapamycin.
          So highly likely that the dosage of the chemotherapeutic drugs would need to be reduced to achieve same therapeutic effect once an effective dose of curcumin is established. So its very important to keep a gap of 2-4 hours between consumption of Golden Paste and the medicines to avoid chances of side effects.
          Pray and hope for the best.
          http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
          http://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/10-easy-and-awesome-ways-to-use-turmeric-or-golden-paste
          http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-queries/black-pepper-in-turmericgolden-paste-does-it-interact-with-drugs

          1. Also the formulation that you are using is a good choice and said to have an equivalency comparable to 3-5g turmeric so you need not worry about the potency. Start with the least possible dose and increase gradually, since you are the pharmacist you can judge better.

          2. Thank you so much!
            I still have 1 question. I am little bit concern because of curcumin anticoagulation effect (by inhibition of arachidonic acid) because the chemotherapy decrease the number of platelets and he (too)often gets platelet transfusion. Because of that I gave him Ecomer (alkyglycerols from shark liver oil). I’m not molecular biologist so I can’t know every detail if I Ecomer would make interactions with curcumin. I didn’t find the answer on internet. My logic tells me that we should see the number of platelets so according to that, if needed, give Ecomer. What do you think?

            Thank you!

          3. * At the formulation is written that is equivalency comparable to 5g turmeric. About dosage, considering his weight, I seems a good regimen 1. week 1/2 capsule powder (225 mg curcumin) etc. by your sheme.
            I forgot to write one also important thing – he’s got pains in the leg bones so he’s got narcotic patches, so the situation is more than serious.

            I really appreciate your answers. It’s all clear now to me and I will guide the parents of the boy. I will let you now. This is almost our last chance. But the boy, parents and I never give up.

          4. 1/2 capsule powder seems as the best possible low dose to start with. About the shark oil since it works as immune stimulant it is good for cancer, but yes it does interact with platelet activating factor and curcumin also does interact with it but at high doses. So it would be better to avoid the two but since you are a health practitioner you would be best at judging the patient’s condition and requirements.
            Curcumin relieves pain via the same biochemical pathway as opiods so you need to be cautious about the narcotic patches to avoid any additive effect. Keep at least a 2 hour gap between medications and golden paste since black pepper increases bioavailability of many medications and such high concentrations may be toxic.

  29. Dear Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, thank you for the insightful article.
    Does the same dosage apply to Curcumin supplements with phospholipid?
    My wife have rare cancer- Pulmonary Blastoma with metastases, and we are looking to assist the chemotherapy, but it’s hard for her to take so many capsules. (she needs eight pills to get to 4 Grams).

    Thank you.

    1. The dose outlined is for the amount of curcumin and typically refers to curcumin supplements that are formulated with piperine and are available as 500mg curcuminoids per capsule. Curcumin supplements with phospholipid are designed to deliver high amounts of curcumin in comparison to regular formulation and also prescribed for cancer patients to avoid large doses such as 8g. It is best to consult a health physician about the dosage for such supplements.
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.5014/full

    2. Dear Dr. Bharat Aggarwal,
      I have Mesothelioma from exposure to Asbestos some 50 years ago, will taking 8gm of curcumin daily help to alleviate the condition
      Regards
      John Davis

        1. Hello Dr.My 36 years old just married younger sister is suffering from ovary cancer.She has undergone removal of both her ovaries, uterus, omentum and pelvic node.She has been diagnosed with endometrioad adenocarcinoma in left ovary and also in uterus with little deposits over sigmoid colon and urinary bladder.Dr says its stage 3a.She had been advised chemotherapy by 4 0ctober by drugs Paclitaxel and carboplatin.Plz advice on use and dosage of turmeric in her conditions.

          1. Shabana, the dosage and supplements have been mentioned above. Please consult the doctor prior to taking turmeric supplements. Turmeric apart from killing cancer cells also sensitizes cancer cells to chemotherapy. Research shows that it increases anti-cancer activity of paclitaxel and carboplatin in various cancer. So care should be taken with turmeric supplements, as once it reaches an appropriate dose there may be a need of lowering chemotherapeutic drug dosage. However only a doctor can judge this on basis of tests. Avoid giving the supplements close to other medications and they are to be taken with meals and not empty stomach.

  30. Can you use curcumin in conjunction with Apricot seeds (vitamin B17) for humans or pets. this is in regards to my 60 lb dog who I am giving B17 to treat a lump. It is working too, I would like to add curcumin to her diet as well. Do they effect one another?

  31. I was diagnosed with a nodule on my left lung.I see you talking about taking 1gm then 3gms and finally 6gms.of Tumeric.I just ordered a strong suppliment of 1300 mg.per veggie caplet suppliment with 10 mg.of bioperine/black pepper.The dosage is 1caplet twice per day w/meals,that is 2600 mgs.per day plus 20 mgs.of bioperine/black pepper.Is this enough or is it too much?Please answer promptly,thank you

    1. Hi. It is advisable to start with 1 capsule a day and then gradually increase the dose so that your body gets accustomed to it. It also preferable that you consult a doctor or herbalist about this.

  32. My mom has cancer and we have decided to try this an option for treating her along with some other protocols. I ordered the vita breeze supplement but it came
    In capsules. Is a capsul equivalent to a gram? Please advise so we can start ASAP. Very Kindy, Helen

  33. The posts and replies are very interesting. I also have a query..
    I have been taking turmeric, a teaspoon of the powder each day, for prostate cancer. I have now come across cumagold which provides a capsule which seems to have the sane dosage as turmeric. I am wondering if I should switch from turmeric to cumargold. What are the advantages or disadvantages in doing so. Thanks.. .Bryan

    1. If you are suffering from cancer, it is advisable to take turmeric supplements since you need high concentrations of curcumin to fight cancer. With respect to your case, there is no such disadvantage but turmeric supplements are not advised on long term.

      1. I have been taking Tumeric Capsules by Pure Encapsulations and now by EuroMedica 750 mg per cap two caps twice per day since OCTOBER and find that it markedly helps my osteoarthritis. BUT I also have DCIS breast cancer which I had surgically removed with clear margins so I want to stay on it. What are the long term consequences of staying on high dose curcumin….?

        1. For your health condition, it is advisable to stay on high dose curcumin. 1 important thing is that it should be taken with meals to avoid chances of reflux which is one of the most common side effects on long term. Slight gastric discomfort such as nausea is possible. Secondly check if it does not interfere with any other medication you take such as blood thinning meds for blood thinning is a likely consequence of high curcumin doses.
          At high doses curcumin and not turmeric, works as an iron chelator so make sure you get enough dietary iron but yes this point has not been proven in humans so far.
          Doses higher than 1500mg have been given in cancer clinical trials for 4 months without any side effects.

        2. Mari, I have been on Curcumin for over two years with no problems. You would need to be cautious if on a blood thinner b/c it can increase bleeding time. It will tell you what I told John and anybody else on this forum that one of the best things you can do for yourself especially as a cancer patient is to start receiving IV Vitamin C treatments. It works like hydrogen peroxide through the veins and is anticancer, antiinflammatory, antifungal antibacterial and antiviral. So it can also kill off many of the secondary infections as a result of immunosuppression. And make sure they add some B vitamins to your bag as well as glutathione. Pure Encapsulations is probably by far one of the best if not the best companies to source from. I have been taking many of their products for over 2 years with great success. I have never heard of Euromedica.
          I used to be a chemotherapy nurse so I know what you may be going thru. Also, liposomal Vitamin C is great way to supplement with because it helps to build up a level in your system. There is a great form made by Live on Labs. If you have a problem with soy, there are others companies.

          Sincerely,
          Colleen, RN

  34. I have been diagnosed with cancer twice, ocular melanoma (2012) and double hit lymphoma (2015). I received radiation treatment in the eye for the OM in May 2012 and six rounds of chemotherapy (R-EPOCH) that ended in April 2016. I am in complete remission and intend to stay that way. After reading this I am wondering what would be considered an appropriate maintenance dose of curcumin in my situation. I currently use turmeric daily but probably only receive one gram of curcumin every ten days or so. Is this adequate or would a curcumin supplement to get me to one-two grams daily be advised?
    Thank you for your time and information.

    1. It is best you consult a herbalist or naturopathy expert on whether you should take turmeric supplements. If that’s the case then yes 1-2g of curcumin a day is an optimum maintenance dose. We suggest taking Golden Paste made from organic turmeric powder. You can start with 1/2 teaspoon daily and increase the dose gradually to 1-2 teaspoon 2-3 times a day depending on how it suits you.
      Turmeric powder contains 3-5% curcumin. So 1 teaspoon should give you around 150-250mg curcumin. Additionally turmeric powder contains a number of other compounds that have anti-cancer activity. You can take turmeric in diet over long term.

  35. There are a lot of comments of people beginning and starting this turmeric therapy but why can’t I find any success stories… Do people just not return after they heal to tell their story?? I’m wanting to try this but not sure if it’s worth it… Just want to hear from some people who had cancer and turmeric actually helped them… Please? I’m very interested in this therapy.

    1. I am 38 years old male Indian as per my dad recommendation i used to take turmeric extract (from India) 3 drops mixed in warm water after dinner for 2 months since a year i had bleeding in my stool and i had kept quiet has i thought it is hemorrhoids, on 2nd December 2015 i was diagnosed with colon cancer and on 13 December 2015 i had colon surgery done and the tumor was removed as per the medical reports it showed stage 2 and not spread any further and i took chemotherapy tablets for 6 months and i done all the test including CT scan in June the reports showed normal, i am still taking the turmeric extract morning and night and also dried figs in the morning on empty stomach and most importantly i thank the almighty for saving my life allowing me to live future.Praise the lord!!!

  36. My 4aunts including my mother suffered from breasts cancer. And died. As a precaution may i take the curcumin the way you advised to cancer patients or tell me how should i takd in my whole life to avoid this deadly disease of cancer. Thanks

    1. Sumera, you should consult the doctor and go for regular screening tests. This a must. Turmeric in diet can serve as chemopreventive agent- it can prevent cancer. You can take turmeric regularly as the Golden Paste for it ensures good absorption of curcumin in the body. 1-2 teaspoon a day is fine but you can increase the dose as to how it suits you. Here is the recipe: http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      If you plan to take curcumin supplements you should consult the doctor.

  37. Indian cow’s urine is best medicine for cancer, it also contain large amount of curcumin which can be easily digest

  38. Siddhartha, you can refer to the above article for the dosage. We have also recommended a few products; the turmeric supplement should contain piperine or another bioenhancer to increase bioavailability of turmeric. One thing that we would like to bring to your notice is that turmeric is not intended to replace any mainstream therapy. Consult your doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

  39. Dear sir, I am suffering from adenocarcinoma of rectosigmoid colon. T3N1M1 grade. After rectosigmoid resection my oncologist have started Folfox chemo. After surgery I used to consume curcumin from perinnial life sciences , India which contains 400mg turmeric, 400 mg curcumin 95%, and piperine .(total 800mg as per company) . I restarted curcumin 3 caps daily ( instead of 6) 2 days after my first chemo on 4 July 2016. My next cycle is on 18 the July 2016. I have not faced any side effect of chemo tilldate . my questions are , 1) how much curcumin shall I consume per day during my chemo ? Because Dr has suggested 12 chemos.
    2) can I also have Homeopathy medicine during chemo ?
    My Age is 47 and weight is 66kg and height is 5.6″

    1. Yes curcumin found in turmeric is effective in destroying oral and nasopharyngeal cancer cells. You can refer to above article for dosage. If you are taking supplements do take something that has piperine or bioperine with curcumin/ turmeric as it helps in absorption of curcumin. Do consult your doctor before taking supplements.

  40. Dear Doctor
    My wife has been diagnosed with Non small Lung Cancer, we have decided not to go for chemo or radiology.

    Can you please advise how to use Turmeric.

    She has been taking 3gms with Black Pepper once a day from last 10 days.

    You advise is highly appreciated

    Kind Regards

    Sidd

    1. Hi Siddharth,

      Please split 3 gms in to three dispenses (1 gms each) at equal interval rather than giving 3 Grms at once. You should reach to 6 grams in a week, if possible. Please try to give along with milk as that will enhance bioavailability.

      Kind Regards,

      Bhadresh.

      1. Dear Sir, I was diagnosed with colon cancer and the tumor was removed 8 months back, I am taking turmeric extract (turmicure) 3 drops mixed with pepper in a glass of warm water in the morning after breakfast and night after dinner, can u please advise me is the quantity which I take is enough.

  41. I have been using curcumin with B cyclodextrin. The supplier claims that the bioavailability is much more better than available brands. Dr Aggarwal has done a study using this formulation. Hope this helps.

  42. The three supplements you listed are not ideal in my view. Two of them are made with rice as a filler (one non-GMO rice, one apparently GMO rice)…regardless of GMO, rice concentrates arsenic and should not be used in a supplement aiming to prevent cancer. Ascorbyl palmitate, which is used as a preservative, is GMO (since not marked as “non-GMO.”

    1. Steve. I am taking both for about 6 months now. Is working GREAT for me. Tumeric has worked wonders for me. Many of my friends are now taking it with success.

      1. Ed, what problems did you have that turmeric worked? Did you have cancer? If so, what kind and how much turmeric were you taking?

  43. I’ve been juicing fresh turmeric root for a few years now. Turmeric, cucumber,broccoli ,kale, carrots, whole fresh lemon( skin and all) celery and fresh ginger root. And about a teaspoon of pepper flakes. My question is, how do I determine an appropriate amount of turmeric to use in this non-molested natural state?
    Thanks

      1. I am diagnosed of right lung cancer, I refused chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. I have symptoms like fatigue, short breath, weakening of my right arm, constant pains on my back and right side which makes me sleepless and I am constantly on pain killers.
        I have just been introduced to the turmeric therapy. For now I am only able to get fresh raw turmeric roots in large quantity from the local market, but I dont know the most effective recipe that work for me. Please can you advice

  44. My mother had a colon cancer the tumor is not remove yet.How to start this turmeric theraphy?how much dosage of turmeric for a start week?

    1. Hi Corin,

      Give her 3 gm a day and then after 2 weeks try to reach 6 grams a day curcumin. Please give curcumin with milk or oil to enhance bioavailability of Curcumin. I would also suggest to give Ashwagandha and Amla for basic Immunity and Hb high level.

      Best Regards,

      Bhadresh Shah

  45. Dear Dr Agarwal,
    Greetings from Pune, India. My wife Bhavana is suffering from breat cancer for the past 13 years. She has undergone Chemotherapy and radiation therapy thrice followed by Herceptin and Tykerb. We heard about your research on Turmeric. We just got the Turmeric Formula by Organic India. Please suggest the dosage.
    Warm regards,
    Ranjeet Rawal

    1. Hi Ranjeet,

      She must take 3 gm a day ( since you are taking Organic India, they have 500mg capsultes). Better you give her 2 caps thrice a day with milk or oil. I will also suggest to give her Ashwagandha and AMLA capsules for immunity and handling free radicals and basic immunity.

      Best Regards,

      – Bhadresh

      1. I am diagnosed of right lung cancer and pleural effusion last year. I refused chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery but opted for the sodium bicarbonate therapy. The result was not too impressive maybe due to errors in the administration of the therapy. Presently I have symptoms like fatigue, short breath, weakening of my right arm, constant pains on my back and right side which makes me sleepless and I am constantly on pain killers. Also during this period, my right shoulder dropped making my spine to curve towards the left side possibly because I tilt my shoulder downwards because of the pains. This has distorted my frame and movement.
        I have just been introduced to the turmeric therapy. For now I am only able to get fresh raw turmeric roots in large quantity from the local market, but I dont know the most effective recipe and dosage that will work for me.
        Please can you advice and if there is a way of getting your personal contact for further consultations.

        Best regards Andu

    2. Ranjeet, the recommended dosage is mentioned in the article above. Please consult your doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

  46. A very good friend from India and his family eat bitter melon (cooked), prepared in various ways, spread with tumeric almost daily. He claims his family is thriving and healthy do to the combination. He brought me some of the fried version 3 years ago–I did like it. I do prepare it occasionally but had not thought about the health Benifits until I joined this website today. Any comments? Thanks.

  47. Thank you for the info! I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and had my surgery. I’ll be starting chemo soon but want to do as much natural therapies and food/supplements as I can. I went ahead and purchased “Theracurmin” by “CurcuminRich” which is supposed to be easily and better absorbed. If your interested, you can read my whole story which has been recently at my website/blog. Thank you again!

    1. Jana Lee, I thank you for sharing your story and hope you will let us know how much better you’re getting month after month.

    2. I’m starting chemo Monday its before surgery to shrink lymphnodes and was chewing turmeric 2x a day as I’m waiting to start chemo I want to know what is the best way to take it

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        1. A vaccine? Man, the medical scams just keep pouring in and the desperate scared people just keep signing up for them. Very tragic.

          1. Vaccines are no scam. One of the leading areas of research in cancer treatment with some amazing results. Of course, they’ve been done outside the US for years. perhaps you could do some homework before making such negative remarks…

          2. The vaccine is called Coleys invented by Dr Issels from Germany over 50 years ago. Many places in Mexico and Germany perform this treatment. I did it, twice but my liver was to clogged at that time to handle it.

          1. I’ve been hearing a lot lately from NDs that Iodine deficiency is one of the primary causes of cancer in the reproductive organs – in men and women. It has been suggested that supplementation (Iodoral or Lugols Solution) be done by everyone, daily.

            Also, keeping your vitamin D levels up in the 60 to 80 ng/ml range is claimed to eliminate a lot of cancer. Dosage required is in the 4,000 to 7,000 IU/mg/day range depending on your size – much more for a couple weeks or so.

            And lastly most everyone is deficient in Magnesium, which should also be supplemented. Adequately supplementing these three things is said to be very beneficial in preventing and assisting in cancer treatment.

            f course in addition to Curcumin and various other anti oxidants.

    3. Dear Janan Lee, I am Vietnamese. I am interested in natural treatment and am taking nano-curcumin everyday. I was dignosed breast cancer and triple negative last year. I am so sad. I have read your story about cancer treatment. I find that you have lots of experience about this disease. Would you mind if we can share information each other? thank you. Pls drop me some text if it’s Ok.

    4. Hi Jana,
      Please tell me about your blog. I have been diagnosed with srage 2 breast cancer and would like to do as much as possible to help my body naturally.

  48. I enjoyed this, I think it is great. I like to read about ONE particular remedy. I enjoy searching for different remedies. I have used turmeric for many years. Wish I had known about this regimen before I had my cancer operation. Tho I am doing great, I still search to better myself. Last night I found an Aloe Vera recipe with Raw Bee’s Honey, and a liquid of
    some type of alcohol, which I plan to try. I do drink a lot of Aloe Vera. I almost quit reading the article before I got to the recipe. Wish there were more information to be found like this one. I will still use turmeric, for I know it has helped me. I have a sister who takes it by Dr’s orders.

  49. Hi
    I’ve just been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I would like to try turmeric. I read above questions and comments answers and would like a specific answer for my case.
    If I take turmeric powder, what dose, how often, and how long I stop taking it? Also, how turmeric alternative treatment cure rate compared to ER positive antagonist tamoxifen therapy? Thanks
    Kim

    1. There’s a great blog, Chris beat Cancer, which has lots of different info from different people on what helps .
      I love reading it.

    2. Search for alternative diet too: your body should get alkalised again… No sugar, no alcohol, no processed food, only fresh and organic food… Drink baking soda in water + search for ‘kombucha’. Do some research about the Rick Simpson Oil too! Wish u all the best!

    3. Turmeric powder contains around 3-5% curcumin which is a small amount when it comes to treating cancer. Hence supplements are advised. For supplements the dosage is outlined in the article and only tests can confirm whether it is beneficial for you. As far as powder is concerned you can include it in diet forever. You can take Golden Paste starting at a dose of 14-12 tsp and gradually increasing to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day or how it suits you.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      There has been no concrete study comparing cure rates of turmeric and tamoxifen but turmeric is found to decrease dose of tamoxifen required and increases sensitivity of cancer cells to it. Consult your doctor before taking turmeric supplements.

  50. I underwent minor operation in my right armpit year 2000 and it was diagnosed non malignat. Now am experiencing pain in my both breasts is it related? I’m afraid to see a doctor for it might be a cancer. I have a turmeric plant at home can it eat it raw? Please help. Thanks and God bless

    1. Its better to get it checked I had the same thing and the pain was so bad. I was so afraid for last 6months till all my test was done and they said nothing was wrong. I do take raw tumeric with lemon and hot water everyday
      Non malignat does hurt sometimes.
      God bless you

    2. Dear Laila,

      I read your note above and it rang a bell with me. I never had a lump under my arm like you had; however, I have pain in both breasts, some days are worse than others & the doctor found lumps on both. I had a mammogram & thank God they were benign non-cancerous lumps! They explained that some women live with fibrous tissue breasts. They did inform me they are more noticeable & hurt if you consume too much caffeine and if you use foods that contain Soy, such as in my case – I was drinking Soy Milk at the advice of my primary care physician to help with sleep, hot flashes & sweating due to hormonal changes. I know how frightened I was to find lumps, especially when they would hurt like a stabbing-knife sensation.

      I thought I would run that by you as I know a lot of people use caffeinated products and Soy foods as well for health reasons. I was raised on coffee..LOL! I use caffeinated coffee to help break my migraine headaches and the Soy Milk really helps with hot flashes and night sweats. When I back off the caffeine & the Soymilk, sure enough, I no longer feel the pain from the lumps and they are hardly noticeable to the touch.

      This may not be the same situation you’re dealing with, but just thought I’d let you know my situation in hopes to help relieve your mind in some way and encourage you to see your doctor. Many women have fibrous tissue that appear in their breasts that are non-cancerous and benign when tested by a mammogram. The lumps can appear from things we eat, like I said above. If I were you, I would talk to my doctor as I know it is weighing heavy on your mind. I hope I helped in some way or another to at least relieve your worried mind to not think the worst case! It is quite possible that you have fibrous tissue in your Breast, however, it is worth getting an examination & mammogram to relieve your mind. You have family and friends that love you, so I hope you decide to see your doctor.

      Meanwhile, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that all turns out for the best for you! Take care and God Bless You & your family.

    3. It is best to get a consult and proper diagnosis done. You can include raw tumeric in your diet such as grated and peeled in soups and salads.

  51. Would it be ok to add fresh tumeric root fresh ginger root pepper and cats claw by any chance to make into a paste I wanted to make a large batch how much of each do I use?? Thank you

  52. Curcumin Ultra BCM-95® in capsules
    These capsules should have the highest amount of available Curcumin and Ccurminoids.
    More details by Prof. Dan Burke, Leicester

    1. I am looking for recommended dosages of Turmeric Golden Paste for cancer treatment in humans. I realize people don’t often like to give dosages. We are currently giving mom 4-5 tsp a day (spread out over 4 times a day) for her Glioblastoma (GBM) stage 4. Last MRI showed significant tumor reduction, but could we be giving her too much at a time – sometimes hard for her to swallow. I know I have read dosages somewhere but can’t find it now. We thank you so so much.

      1. Hello Heidi..sorry to hear this..my mother as well is fighting GBM stage 4 is finished with radioation/chemo on Feb 15 and also wondered the dosage for curcumin/tumeric if either one of us finds the answer please share..my thoughts and prayera are with you

      2. I make Tumeric paste with black pepper and coconut butter and put in almond milk heated when cools a little add a spoon of raw honey! S0 Delish!i use one teaspoon in a cup of milk! I also put it in about everthing I cook! I buy the fresh organic Tumeric powder from health food store! I’ve been doing this for a while! I take about 2to3 teaspoons a day ! I have Stage4 breast cancer that came back in bones after 25years! Been fighting it again for 8 years! Nobody seems to know or agree how much to take! I need to know by teaspoon instead of grams! How many grams in teaspoon?

        1. Leta Edgemon, you raised my exact question. How much is 1 gm? We need measurements in layman terms. “gm” is a totally useless term, then comes 2gm, then 3gm in the article. We could take interpret this in a hundred ways. Help us out, please.

          1. Dearest Zimex lady…I have gleaned within the last 24 hours of this website only 2 possible gm (gram) to tsp (teaspoon) comparisons that seem reasonable. The most reasonable is 1 tsp of tumeric powder is equal to 3 gm.

          2. Most supplements come in 500 or 1000 mg. A 1000 mg. is equal = to 1 Gram. That is also the recommended daily dose by many Doctors.

          3. With respect to this article, the terms in grams refer to the supplements. Manufacturers generally provide the supplement content on the label and it is usually 500mg supplements equal to 1 capsule.

    1. Hi Anca, just a trivia note for you and the TurmicForHealth team. I started turmeric several years ago simply for a general health benefit. I have lots of white hair at 86 years of age and noticed within a couple of weeks that I suddenly had some obvious black hairs among my white. These are full length hairs, not new growth. OK, I really liked the effect of some pepper in my hair. I then ran out of turmeric, forgot to buy, and within weeks, I no longer had the ” black pepper ” pepper hairs. Purchased turmeric after several months, and………voila!…….the black hairs returned.
      Is this a side effect Anca could expect?
      ANY comments, Team?

      1. PS I only add turmeric to foods like mustard. When I open a new jar of mustard, I add full tablespoon , mix thoroughly with a mini whisk . I make sandwiches always with mustard rather than mayo and get my turmeric along the way!

      2. Hi. This is interesting and you are the first one to report this. There hasn’t been any research on this to comment about it. Do you find this helpful or is it interfering with your health?

  53. Hello,
    Thanks for writing such a wonderful article and telling us the benefits of Turmeric. My mother is suffering from Stage 3 Breast Cancer. She has undergone gone Surgery. Now her chemo has started which will be followed by Radiation and Hormone Therapy. Her cancer was Er ++ and Pr ++. I want to use turmeric for her to prevent recurrence. What do you think ? should i use curcumin or turmeric powder ? and in how much dose for how much time ? will turmeric interfere with chemo/radiation/hormone therapy ? Thanks in Advance

    1. Dietary turmeric as much as 1 tsp a day helps in cancer prevention. She can consume Golden Paste. Start with small dose like 1/4 tsp and increase gradually over weeks.
      http://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste
      Curcumin works as chemo/radiosensitizer- it increases the sensitivity of cancer cells to cancer treatment. In that case reduced dosage of chemotherapy would be required. Consult a doctor before starting curcumin supplements.

  54. I was diagnosed a year ago with patchy, early stage multiple myeloma, relapsed from plasmacytoma (localised) 4.5 years earlier. I had a chemotherapy from Nov to Feb, followed by an autologous stem cell transplant in May. I have been in remission since Feb: PET scans & bloods all fine, no paraprotein visible.
    I took 8g a day of curcumin tablets with bioperine (gradually worked my way up over a couple of weeks) from Nov to May, and have been taking 8g a day again since about July (3 months).
    What I want to know is: I was told I should keep on taking 8g a day all the time to keep the MM at bay – the doctors say it’s incurable and will come back at some point. However, given that I am in remission, should I lower the dose? I’ve had no side effects at all apart from loose stools for a couple of weeks while getting used to it.

    1. Hi Charlotte, we are sorry but it is very difficult to say if it will have an issue or not. As mentioned curcumin at high dosages is safe for several months, but the upper limit has not been tested.

    2. I have used a tsp of tumeric in a cup of boiled water .with ginger black pepper and milk twice a day. Also blended tumeric ginger black pepper and milk .no side effects..

  55. I like making the golden paste using the turmeric fresh root, but am not sure if the recipe is correct, I have replaced the powder quantity with the fresh turmeric, if you have a recipe for golden paste using the fresh turmeric.

  56. After reading on Dr.Bharat Aggarwal researches, I am taking 500 mg of Curcumin a day as preventive therapy. I am not suffering from any disease. Hope this is sufficient or should I take 1gm a day. Also can I take this for very long time? Thanks.

  57. I have been taking 1000 mg for 9 years because of breast cancer. In my research it was ‘my’ option instead of the inhibitors which had nasty side effects. Should I continue taking?

    1. Hi Nancy, 1000 mg of curcumin or turmeric ? It is not clear. High dosage of curcumin are not very good in long term.

  58. hi, thanks for everything… how long should I take the capsules as you advise 8 weeks by increasing the amount and how much is in 1 capsule??? shall I increase also the amount with c3 capsules? thanks for help

  59. I take 1 tsp turmeric i tsp of cayenne pepper and I tsp of ground ginger 3 times per day for general heatlh any thoughts

    1. Hi, this is great. Just that cayenne pepper may not help much as it does not contain Piperine, black pepper has it. We recommended using black pepper or fats for improving its absoption.

  60. I have read from one source[“The natural prostate cure”] by Roger Mason that says curcumin should only be taken for up to a year as it is exogenous and not found in our bodies or in common foods. Anyone else heard if this?

    1. Hi, We have not heard of it. But anyways taking large dosages of curcumin for too long is not adviseable.

  61. my sister is comatose right now. Before being comatose due to stroke, she was complainin of painful and itchy keloid.
    Can she take curcumin? How much mg.?

    1. Hi, raw turmeric is better than curcumin capsules in many ways. So unless you are taking it for disorders such as cancer, it is best to use rae turmeric or powder than capsules.

      1. I believe that even though it is best to get health benefits from food versus supplements, there are a few exceptions. I have been told that you cannot get medicinal benefits from the powder-need to take a supplement. I would like to know which brand has the best absorption.

        1. For cancer, high concentrations of curcumin are required.. so curcumin supplements are better. Raw turmeric in diet would be an added advantage.

      2. Hey, TumericForHealth Team. YOU should be able to tell us how much is 1gm in layman terms, teaspoon, 1/4 th teaspoon, 1 tablespoon? Why are we expected to know this unless we are doctors or pharmacists?

        1. all measurements are fully googleable. I do this all the time for my daughter.. I’m not a Dr. I just type in 1 gm = tablespoons, or whatever it is I need a conversion of, and I get a website that does conversions. That’s all you need to do.

        2. Converting to grams DOES NOT require a medical degree & is VERY simple but trying to convert it to teaspoon or tablespoons are not always accurate because of any other ingredients added to the desired drug herb etc… can vary depending on different brands. So if I had turmeric 1 gm in weight in a capsule & it also had black pepper or other ingredients then technically by weight it might weigh 2 grams but only contain 1 gram of turmeric.

          So if I put a 1 gram capsule of turmeric in 1/2 a cup of milk then technically it is measured at 4 ounces but it still only has 1 gram of turmeric.

          Look at any container and it will tell you how many milligrams of the actual drug or herb are in a capsule, teaspoon, tablespoon etc… & then very simply this

          1000 milligrams =1 gram so you only need 1 of whatever the bottle reads capsule, teaspoon, tablespoon
          500 milligrams =0.5 grams or 1/2 gram so you would need 2 of whatever it is capsules, teaspoons etc…
          250 milligrams = 0.25 grams or 1/4 gram so you would need 4 of what ever it is capsules, teaspoons etc..

          think of it as quarters & dollars when converting from milligrams to grams. 4 quarters equals 1 dollar, in decimals that’s 0.25 is the same as 25 cents & it takes 4 to equal 1 dollar

          so 0.25 milligrams is like 1 quarter…

  62. I started Turmeric for arthritis taking 4 caps with 680mg each a day. It started working on my knee problem within 2 weeks great. However by then was noticing an itchy red rash with pimples and raised white patches several times a day on one elbow and in the groin. It got worse and my doctor and I could not figure it out. It was the newest thing I had taken so must be. Cut down to 3 caps no difference then cut down to 2 a bit better then down to 1 bit better again from itch. This week decided not to take any and within 4 days itch rash etc. is going.

    I’d like to start Turmeric again but need comments : Do I again start on just 1 cap each day ….will this still have the good effect ? or won’t it be enough ? Could it be the black pepper in it doing the reaction ? Should I try another brand without black pepper. Any suggestions gratefully received.

    1. Hi, in case of arthritis we recommend you take turmeric paste and not curcumin capsules (it looks like that from your mesg.). If you still get itching then just remove black pepper and see. As golden paste has oil it will still be absorbed well in body. Start slow – 1/4 tsp and then increase upto 1 tsp per day.

      1. I have been grinding my own Turmeric powder from dried roots for years and had great success reducing arthritis pain by taking 30 grams/day with a teaspoon of ground black pepper. I would like to also try curcumin powder, especially having read in a post from a contributor to another Turmeric for Health article (“Health Benefits of Black Pepper and Turmeric”) about how inexpensively curcumin can be purchased online. On this topic, I would appreciate your comments on two questions: 1) is your advice to avoid curcumin for arthritis and to use only turmeric? 2) Do you have advice on the reliability of ordering curcumin online from a supplier in India? There are several suppliers of curcumin on eBay, most of whom sell directly from India, e.g., “herbalextractseller”. I would like to be confident in the purity and quality of any curcumin I order. Thank you for you help.

        1. Hi Jas, thanks for posting.
          1) Yes in arthritis turmeric paste works very well. You can take a higher dose if the symptoms are more severe. Powder is better as you can take that for years without any issues.
          2) There is LOT of low quality brands selling curcumin. Thus, best to stick to turmeric powder – you can get some recommended brands here – http://www.turmericforhealth.com/

        2. Hi. We recommend turmeric over curcumin because turmeric has more than just curcumin which can benefit health and in arthritis. For curcumin supplements its best to consult a doctor about dose and formulation.

  63. I realise that this site is dedicate to JUST Turmeric, but people need to realise that there are other natural foods like Turmeric people can take other than Turmeric. This site makes it sound like its the only help out there, when it’s not.
    Prevention is better than the cure and Turmeric doesn’t cure cancer. Which bring me to the question, where’s all the study resources/results etc, I can’t find any on this site?

    1. Thanks for feedback. But as you have yourself mentioned – this site is only on turmeric. But we never say “turmeric is the only thing” anywhere. Nor we say “no other thing works”. Further, the basis of this article is conversation with Dr Aggarwal and it has been clearly mentioned too. Hope this helps.

    2. I should have waited until I read all this website before I joined in the conversation. When I lived in CA more than 40 yrs back, My friends from India used a lot of turmeric in their recipes which we all really enjoyed. I learned a lot from them, and still have them as my friends tho we are now across the country from each other. I will try these recipes on this site. I am in my 80s, and I believe what we put in our food goes a long way for our health. Wish more websites were like this one. “ONE SUBJECT”.

  64. What if I took my first dosage with my blueberry smoothie just before my bike ride. Would the curcumin burn off or still be absorbed?

    1. Indian cow’s urine is best medicine for cancer, it also contain large amount of curcumin which can be easily digest

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