Medicinal use:

Black Turmeric is a wonder herb with many curative properties, mostly used for medicinal purposes instead of cooking. Black turmeric rhizome contains the highest amount of curcumin among all other turmerics(white and yellow turmeric), which is considered as an excellent pain reliever. It reduces pain caused by rashes, wounds, toothaches, arthritis and stomach problems and works as an anti-inflammatory. It also helps in treating menstrual pains in the woman.

Black Turmeric is used to treat diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia and lung problems. Black Turmeric works as an anti-cancer agent by preventing cancer cells from growing without side effects. It is good for treating respiratory problems like cold and cough in children. It is also effective for treating skin problems like leucoderma.

About the plant:

Black Turmeric is a perennial herb belongs to the ginger family and is native to India. It is a short plant grows up to 2 meters. This plant propagates with rhizome and yellow-brown long roots are present all over the surface of the rhizome. Rhizome is aromatic and dark brown in color, grows up to 2 to 3 cm in diameter and extremely bitter in taste.

How to grow:

Growing black turmeric plant is very similar to the normal turmeric plant. This plant may be grown indoors as a houseplant, or outdoors. Spring and summer are perfect for planting black turmeric plant. Sprouted rhizomes are used for planting and it requires well-draining soil. Dig a few shallow holes in the soil, large enough to fit the newly sprouted rhizomes and plant them. Water it regularly to keep the soil moist at all times. Container plants dry out quickly and may need daily watering during the summer.

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Parts used:

Rhizome. This plant rhizome
is used for harvesting within 9 to 10 months after planting.

How to use:

The fresh rhizome paste is applied externally on bruises, contusions, and rheumatic pains. A decoction of the fresh rhizome as anti-diarrhoetic and to get relief from stomach ache.


Overdosage may cause several health problems. Consult an Ayurvedic Doctor before consuming the herb.

Common names:

Common name: Black Turmeric,
Hind : Kali Haldi
Manipuri : Yaingang Amuba or Yaimu
Marathi: Kala-haldi
Telugu:Nalla Pasupu
Bengali: Kala haldi
Mizo:Aihang, Ailaihan
Malayalam:Kari manjal