CURCUMIN- AN ANTIDEPRESSANT



Curcumin , commonly called diferuloyl methane , is a hydrophobic polyphone derived from the rhizome of the herb, turmeric- curcuma longa. Turmeric has been used traditionally for many ailments because of its wide spectrum of pharmacological activities. Curcumin has been identified as the active principle of turmeric which is useful in clinical setting because of its safety profile. Depression is the  most common psychiatric disorder carrying high burden in terms of treatment costs and is currently ranked fourth in terms of global disease burden by the World Health Organization . Antidepressant therapy includes drugs having plenty of side effects which counterbalance the therapeutic benefit. Thus it is worthwhile to look for antidepressant from plants with proven advantage and favorable benefit   to risk ratio. So there are tremendous researches going on curcumin to reveal the mechanism of action of its antidepressant effect. 


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