Herbal Turmeric Speeds Up Skin Wound Healing

By Kyle J. Norton

The skin wound is a condition that damage the layers of the skin.

Most cases of skin wound can be treated by washing and disinfecting the wound and applying pressure to control the bleeding following by a sterile dressing or bandage. Very minor wounds may heal without a bandage.

In more serious cases, stitched by the professionals may be needed to prevent excessive bleeding.
Mose cases of the skin wound are healed within a few days or weeks.
Skin wound can be classified into 2 types
1. Abrasion is a skin injury caused by rubbing or scraping against a rough or hard surface. 
Most cases of abrasion do not involve a lot of bleeding. However, skin care must be taken to prevent infection
2. A laceration is a deep cut or tearing of your skin caused by accidents with knives, tools. Deep lacerations can induce heavy bleeding which stitches are normally required.

Symptoms of a skin wound are bruising or swelling, itching and redness. Use of over counter pain medicine and applying ice on the wound can be helpful.

Turmeric is a perennial plant in the genus Curcuma, belonging to the family Zingiberaceae, native to tropical South Asia.

The herb has been used in traditional medicine as anti-oxidant, hypoglycemic, colorant, antiseptic, wound healing agent, and to treat flatulence, bloating, and appetite loss, ulcers, eczema, inflammations, etc.

On finding a natural compound for the treatment of skin wound, researchers examined the effect of topical curcumin on the healing of skin wounds produced by the CO(2) laser in an animal model.

A prospective, randomized study conducted by the University of Murcia included a total of 270 wounds were made (3 wounds by animal) of 90 mice assigned to three groups (30 animals per group), with the creation of 6-mm incisions in the skin of the dorsal region by means of the CO(2) laser.

Then all mice were assigned to
* Group I, (control group) with no product applied to the resulting wound
* Group II, vehicle 5 mg/day was applied to the wound and
* Group III, topical curcumin of 5 mg/day was applied to the wound

During the experiment, researchers found that

* Incomplete re-epithelialization was found in all wounds (treated or untreated) after 2 days

* After 7 days, 73.33% of the wounds treated with curcumin presented re-epithelialization covering the entire wound, with irregular thickness; nevertheless, compared to only 37.50% of the wounds in control group and 41.67% in the vehicle group.

In inflammatory perspective, there are no significant differences regarding the resolution of the inflammatory process in any of the study groups after 2, 7, and 14 days.

These results strongly suggested that topical curcumin speeds up the healing process after 7 days. 

Taken altogether, turmeric processed a high amount of bioactive compound curcumin may be considered supplements for the treatment of skin, pending to the confirmation of the larger sample size and multicenter human study.

Intake of curcumin in the form of supplement should be taken with extreme care to prevent overdose acute liver toxicity.
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Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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(1) Topical curcumin for the healing of carbon dioxide laser skin wounds in mice by López-Jornet P1, Camacho-Alonso F, Jiménez-Torres MJ, Orduña-Domingo A, Gómez-García F. (PubMed)
(2) Beneficial effect of Curcumin Nanoparticles-Hydrogel on excisional skin wound healing in type-I diabetic rat: Histological and immunohistochemical studies by Kamar SS1, Abdel-Kader DH2, Rashed LA. (PubMed)