Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a culinary spice and medicinal herb. Turmeric, scientifically known as Curcuma Longa, is a versatile natural plant and truly one of the marvellous medicinal spices of the world. It has been used by Ayurvedic and Unani practitioners in India from ages. It is used in Indian traditional medicine as a drug to strengthen the stomach and promote its activities and also as a tonic and a blood purifier. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and it is obtained from the underground stem (rhizome) of the turmeric plant. It possesses antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Various research and studies showed that curcumin in turmeric helps regulate cells that lead to cancer development and spread. Research has also suggested that taking turmeric could treat and prevent diabetes. Turmeric is a spice often found in Asian food and curries. It is an indispensable ingredient of the curry powder that gives a musky flavour and yellow color to the curries.