What is Curcumin? 

 Curcumin is a compound derived from Turmeric, a spice that has long been recognised for its medicinal properties. Because of this, it has gained interest in both the medical and culinary worlds. Curcumin aids in managing oxidative and inflammatory conditions and is said to have beneficial effects in treating cancer. It is a strong antioxidant that fights free radicals and reduces the risk of heart disease. It is also believed to have neuroprotective effects, which can help improve memory and cognitive function. 


Curcumin benefits within the treatment of cancer? 

Curcumin has been steadily gaining traction as an adjunct treatment for cancer patients. It has been found in vitro to inhibit the growth and spread of various cancer cells, including lung, breast, stomach and skin though more research is needed in this area, and the evidence is not from top-flight randomised double-blind controlled trials. It has shown promising results in enhancing the efficacy of chemotherapy and protecting healthy cells from damage caused by radiotherapy. However, much more scientific work is needed in this area. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce pain and inflammation, while its ability to modulate the immune system may help fight off cancer cells. 

Curcumin benefits of intravenous administration vs oral? 

Curcumin is known for its poor oral bioavailability, meaning that only a small amount is absorbed orally. Intravenous administration avoids rapid metabolisation by the gut and liver, allowing it to reach target sites in higher doses. The intravenous route can also allow more targeted delivery of curcumin to specific body parts, such as tumours. 

It is important to note that curcumin supplements should not be used as a substitute for standard cancer treatments. It’s always advised to consult with a doctor before taking any supplement or alternative treatment. 


Effect Doctors is a CQC-certified company based in Soho and makes no claims about the efficacy of Curcumin as an adjunctive therapy for cancer. We offer IV Curcumin for the purpose of Curcumin supplementation, and patients must make their own informed decisions on whether to proceed with supplementing Curcumin after undertaking their research.