Can Turmeric help in MRSA Infection?

MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that infect various parts of the body.

It is tough to treat compared to common staph infections since it is usually resistant to common antibiotics.

Staph is a bacterium that is often present in the body of even healthy people and does not cause any problems.

It only affects us when it enters the body through a cut and once there, it causes infections.

Even these staph infections are easily treated unless it is an antibiotic-resistant strain like MRSA.

Since MRSA is difficult to treat, this infection can become life-threatening at times.

MRSA symptoms vary depending on where the infection occurs. Common symptoms are sores or boil that ooze pus and are painful, red and swollen. It occurs mostly in the armpit, groin, buttocks, or back of the neck.

MRSA is spread by skin contact or when an infected object is touched. Hospitals are places where MRSA can spread wildly since patients have weak immune systems.

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Turmeric & MRSA Infection

Turmeric has antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Test tube studies indicate that turmeric can kill viruses and bacteria. This could benefit in treatment of MRSA infection.  

MRSA infections are serious problems that affect the hospital environment. These bacterial strains sometimes survive on eating only antibiotics.

This means that they are resistant to any treatment and can affect the health of patients being treated for various diseases.

Since these bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, it is vital to develop alternative approaches and strategies to treat MRSA infections. Foods which are rich in antioxidants boost the immune system and reduce our susceptibility to infections.

Apart from practicing personal hygiene, make sure your food contains plenty of beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin A, C, zinc etc.

It has been suggested that turmeric contains antibacterial properties that could help treat MRSA infection.

In a study of 300 people infected with MRSA, it was found that 262 of these who included turmeric in their diet recovered from their symptoms. More research is required.

Turmeric has plenty of vitamin B-6, manganese, potassium, and iron that all have antibacterial properties and this could prevent bacterial infections like MRSA.

In one study, turmeric oil and 3 fractions were tested on various bacteria including staphylococcus aureus.

The three fractions were separated using Silica gel chromatography and then their antibacterial activity was tested with a pour plate method.

The combination of three fractions and turmeric oil prevent the growth of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. Some concentrations and fractions were more effective than others.

In another study, the antibacterial benefits of curcumin were studied on MRSA bacteria and staphylococcus aureus (s.aureus).

S.aureus is a bacterium that was identified before the antibiotic age and this was the cause of various pyogenic infections including septicemia that proves fatal. Initially, s.aureus was treated with penicillin successfully.

However, overuse has resulted in an antibiotic-resistant strain of s.aureus – MRSA to appear.

Since antibiotics are proving ineffective, a new treatment is being looked at, including Curcuma longa or turmeric. One study used methanol, water and ethyl acetate turmeric extracts on MRSA.

Of these, ethyl acetate was the most potent. It was able to make antibiotics like penicillin work against MRSA.

This suggests that acetate curcumin extract could have effective antibacterial activity and inhibit the growth of MRSA, therefore preventing various infections – e.g. human mucosal fibroblasts.


There is no dosage of curcumin for specific medical conditions.

The usual recommended dosage is 1.5-3g cut turmeric root or 1-3g dried powdered root daily, 400-600mg standardized powder 3 times daily, or fluid turmeric extract, 30-90 drops per day is recommended.

Bromelain is often added to turmeric capsules to improve anti-inflammatory effects and help with easy absorption.

Research Study

Published in the journal Molecules, the research investigates what effect curcumin has on the sustainability of MRSA with membrane permeability agents, ATPase inhibitors and peptidoglycan.

Changes in the morphology, oxacillin resistance and levels of PBP2a protein were also examined.

It was found that the increase in membrane permeability increased the antimicrobial activity of curcumin and enhanced the sensitivity of resistant bacterial strains to antibiotics.

Curcumin treatment ruptured the cell wall and cell membrane and caused cell lysis of MRSA.

The scientists concluded – “The outcome shows that in developing natural antimicrobial agents against multidrug-resistant strains, this study on the mechanism of antimicrobial activity of curcumin may be potentially invaluable. Further, additional in vivo experiments are necessary for effective treatment.”


The study indicates that curcumin might be beneficial in increasing the sensitivity of drug-resistant bacterial strains to antibiotics.


Foods containing turmeric are safe for everyone to consume. Turmeric supplements must be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women, for it could stimulate the uterus and promote menstrual bleeding.

Those undergoing surgery and those with diabetes and gall bladder problems must also avoid these supplements.

Consuming excess turmeric products over long periods could diarrhea, nausea, dizziness and stomach upsets. Turmeric could interact with anticoagulant medications, antacids or diabetes medications.

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Shruti (BE Biotech. & PGD Clinical Research)

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  1. Hi I was diagnosed with folliculitis 5years ago and I used so many antibiotics courses for years and soon as I stamp taking them it just get back within 3days and much stronger then befor until I start using thurmeric powder drinking 1tabke spoon 3times a day and also using garlic tablet and it really works the staph infection gone,I’ve seen results just after 2days of using it,do not use any antibiotics it just make it wors becouse they destroy your immune sistem,Mother Nature has so much to offer you just need to do some reserch! I’ve been fighting with this bug for years and all it take its thurmeric powder and garlic to take it away,thanks to god

  2. Hii…i had silicone implant on nose before 2 i am feeling like i have staph infection..can turmeric will work on this?

    1. Turmeric has broad spectrum anti-microbial property and research studies show that it benefits even in case of drug resistant staph strains. You can take Golden Paste orally to help fight the infection. However it is best to consult the doctor in your case for a definitive diagnosis and treatment to avoid complications.

      1. I am taking turmeric and milk morning and before sleeping everyday…is it ok to take it as i went for nose surgery…thank u..

        1. Hi. Yes dietary turmeric should not pose any risk. It should help in recovery and healing. Please confirm with your health practitioner if needed.

  3. Hi! I have vaginal staph infections and I have tried different antibiotics but still am not getting better. Can turmeric work on this? And what is the preferred dosage

    1. 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 2-3 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 meds.

    1. It’s gotten rid of staph ..and m.r.s.a. in half the time as antibiotics..two friends of mine with stage 4cancer.. pancreatic…cancer free…no chemo….two year battle with gout gone in 24houts.. family members arthritis…gone…I’d advise doing more research on your own..or working with someone with some experience…..he.

  4. I had MRSA on and off for a long time. After about a year of visits with an infectious disease specialist and multiple courses of antibiotics, I read online about the benefits of Turmeric. With nothing to lose, I bought some and took 3-4 times the recommended dosage multiple times a day. On the second day the MRSA shrunk to about half its original size. The next day, same thing. By day 3 or 4 it was gone. I take it every day now in smaller doses and the MRSA has never come back. That was 5+ years ago. It was so clearly the result of the Tumeric. I’m not gullible, stupid or trying to sell Tumeric. Just hope to help some people. Good luck all.
    PS: I use the John Doe name because I don’t want to be identified. I’m a lawyer and don’t need any more evidence than my own experience.

    1. Sorry just learning about all this. Is this pill form or can you explain how it comes. I tried making a paste but this does not sound what you did. Any other suggestions would be helpful. Thank you

        1. Hi. Adding spices to a child’s diet is possible after 8 months of age. Please check this:

          Limit it to 1/8 tsp of turmeric and preferably given occasionally to avoid any gastric upset. Turmeric milk is a great way of giving turmeric to children.

          We would not suggest topical application of turmeric (Curcuma longa) to child’s skin as it may irritate the skin.

    2. woah srsly?
      I needs to do science fair project on dis ;-;
      dya think a honey-turmeric kinda thingy will work on antibiotic resistant samples?

  5. I was diagnosed with a staph infection 4 months now but culture test no MRSA. I am currently taking antibiotic and using ointment on my skin. Is it okay to take Tumeric powder dilluted in honey?

  6. Hi,

    I’ve read a report suggesting that curcumin should not be taken with Amoxicillin because it reduces the action of the antibiotic. You may like to check this out for yourself and add it to the precaution list on this page.