Tumeric is long held in to have healing effects in ayurvedic medicine. Curcumin, a bioactive ingredient in the fragrant orange spice tumeric, is thought to be effective in suppressing tumor growth and promoting chemoprevention of certain cancers.
In this review article Bassel El-Rayes et al. summarise the recent studies which describe preventive and therapeutic effects of curcumin and its analogues. In particular they concentrate on the breast cancer model, as curcumin has shown responses in reversing the human breast cancer cell resistance against paclitaxel and may be responsible for the lower incidence of breast cancer in Asian countries. Click on image or title to learn more.