Odisha scientist develops turmeric band-aid that heals wounds faster 

The senior scientist who hails from the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) in Bhubaneswar produced a prototype of a bandage that uses curcumin which is a prominent ingredient in turmeric that heals wounds faster than a regular band-aid. Reportedly, the unique turmeric dressing will help in curing wounds of diabetes patients at a faster rate.

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An Odisha based scientist Dr Sanjeeb Sahoo has invented a Turmeric bandage that is going to be a boon for the global health industry, especially for Diabetic patients. 

The senior scientist who hails from the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) in Bhubaneswar produced a prototype of a bandage that uses curcumin which is a prominent ingredient in turmeric that heals wounds faster than a regular band-aid. Reportedly, the unique turmeric dressing will help in curing wounds of diabetes patients at a faster rate.

Sharing more about the bandage, Dr Sanjeeb Sahoo quoted to News18, “Turmeric has long been used in India as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal medicine. A pinch of turmeric dust in warm milk relieves sore throat. It used to be applied in childbirth in women and cows. But the great anti-inflammatory powers of turmeric could not be fully utilised so far for lack of a reliable application system. Our innovation makes it possible.”

He applied a bit of nanotechnology to create a curcumin emulsion with a lipid. Later, he blended it in a spongy fabric of alginate and chitosan. The fabric is similar to a scrubber pad. Alginate and chitosan are procured from sea-weed and shellfish available in India as it reduces the cost of curcumin band-aid. Also, curcumin can heal diabetic wounds much faster.