Can turmeric really cure cancer? Woman says benefits of golden spice 'cured' her disease

Dieneke Ferguson, 67, was diagnosed with deadly myeloma more than ten years ago today, but today she’s in the all clear, and is leading a normal life once again. 

The cure for her blood cancer? After three rounds of chemotherapy failed, and at a time when her white blood cells were too low, she turned to popular curry ingredient turmeric. 

Multiple myeloma is a cancer arising from plasma cells, a type of white blood cell which is made in the bone marrow, and has an average survival of just over five years. 

Dieneke appeared on This Morning to explain how she believes the golden spice helped her overcome the disease. 

When things got desperate, she followed the advice of an American woman named Margaret who claimed curcumimn (found in turmeric) helped her smoldering myeloma. 

Dieneke had been following the blog, titled ‘Margaret’s Corner’, for some time, and when her white blood cells were too low she emailed Margaret to find out what quantity of curcumin she should take. 

Under no other treatment, and after a number of blood tests, is became clear the curcumin was having an effect. 

The remarkable improvement described in BMJ Case Reports follows previous research into the health benefits of turmeric which is packed with antioxidants.

But This Morning doctor, Dr Zoe, who admits to reaping the benefits of turmeric on a daily basis, says while turmeric/curcumin worked in Dieneke’s case, it might not work for everybody. 

She said: “This was very remarkable and very unique. While it worked in this case it’s not for everybody. 

“Little research has been done on it - there needs to be more research and this isn’t an alternative to conventional medicine. Maybe as an additional treatment.” 

Turmeric is ground from the dried root of a plant called Curcuma longa. A relative of ginger it thrives in warm, moist conditions and has long been used as a medicine in Chinese and Indian cultures.

The spice has been revered in recent months for its weight loss properties, and it has been revealed Take That star Gary Barlow uses it for this reason. 

The Let It Shine singer revealed to his fans that he uses the spice to help hone his muscular figure. 

The 46-year-old has seen his fair share of weight loss, transforming from a slightly overweight pop star to a chiselled and muscular fitness fan. 

Gary revealed on Twitter he drinks a special turmeric drink to retain his honed figure.