Turmeric is related to ginger root and is one of the spices in curry powder. Others include fenugreek, coriander, cinnamon, etc. Some people eat curry daily! If you have gallstones or a bile problem, don't use turmeric. It can also act as a uterine stimulant. Curcumin is the component in turmeric offering medicinal effects, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action.