Turmeric is widely used in cooking and gives Indian curry its flavor and yellow color. It is also used in mustard and to color butter and cheese. Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds.

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Turmeric is a common spice and a major ingredient in curry powder.

People commonly use turmeric for osteoarthritis. It is also used for hay feverdepression, high cholesterol, a type of liver disease, and itching, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.