A root of a perenial plant, tumeric is from the ginger family. It is known for it’s medicinal and coloring qualities and often used in Asian and Indian foods.
A chemical present in tumeric is Curcumin is considered to the cause of it’s medicinal value.
Tumeric powder may be applied locally on affected area or consumed with food or milk.
Main medicinal uses of tumeric are as follows:
- Natural antibiotic: fights and avoids infection
- Natural antiseptic: cleans and helps wounds heal faster
- Natural anti inflammatory: Known to help in contain inflammation. Either in eyes, on lesions due to trauma, gingivitis (inflammation of gums), crohn’s diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcer, skin conditions like lichen planus\
- Natural analgesic: helps with controlling pain in osteoarthritis. In some studies, Curcumin pills found to have same relief as Ibuprofen in treating Osteoarthritis.
- Dyspepsia (heart burn)
- Liver problems
- Loss of appetite
- Blood purifier
- Ringworm: Raw tumeric powder in milk is a frequent remedy for worms
- Cholesterol: helps the liver prevent oxidation of cholesterol in the body.
- Inflammation: Known to help in contain inflammation. Either in eyes, on lesions due to trauma, gingivitis (inflammation of gums), crohn’s diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcer, skin conditions like lichen planus,
- Diabetes: Long term regular use (a year)in prediabetics can prevent Diabetes.
- Skin conditions: When used topically (directly on skin, mixed with water or milk)…reduces acne, clears up other inflammatory and blotchy lesions on skin, reduces wrinkles, and helps the skin regain its health.
- Burns: Due its antiseptic qualities, helps heal the wound quickly and cleanly.
- Itchy skin: When taken in combination with black pepper can reduce itching.
- Wound healing: Known to work as an antiseptic and speed up would healing
- Tuberculosis: helps the liver in patients taking medications long term.
- Cancers: Also known to be helpful in prevention of cancers. It has been shown to help improvement in cases with already occurring colon cancer.
- Cystic fibrosis: Known to affect genes, mutations of which cause cystic fibrosis
- Alzheimer’s’ disease
- Controls speed and severity of Multiple Sclerosis
The benefits of the contents of tumeric, namely curcumin are truly amazing, and since most of us have in our kitchen, we must make the most of it!
However, for those who don’t, tumeric pills and capules are manufactured and sold as the health benefits are recognized and attempts are being made to popularize it.
- Medications that slow blood clotting (anticoagulants and antiplatelet) may interact with tumeric. Some medications that cause slower blood clotting are ibuprofen, diclofenac, aspirin, naproxen, clopidogrel, heparin, warfarin, etc.
- In rare cases, may cause anaphylaxis and dermatitis.
- May cause increased risk of kidney stones in some people.
- Known to affect gynecological issues.