TURMERIC-The Healer from Ayurveda.
June 28, 2007 6:50am CST
Turmeric is one of the important herbs in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It is called as haridra. It is a symbol of prosperity and is considered as cleansing as cleasing herb for a human body. In medical field, it is used to treat liver problem, digestive problem, arthritis, dysentery and other wounds. Traditional Chinese physicians also use turmeric to treat gallbladder and liver problems. They also used turmeric to stop bleeding, clearing chest congestion and menstural disoders. The history goes back to Greeks where they used to use turmeric in many ways. Apart from the medicinal value, it was used to make yellow-orange dyes. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is proven to be having wide range of therapeutic effects. It is proven to have protecting properties against free radical damage as it is strong antioxidant. It also reduces the inflammation and added to this, it reduces the histamine levels possibly by increasing the productionof natural cortisone by adrenal glands. There are many evidence suggesting protecting properties of turmeric in case of lever diseases. It removes the toxins from the body and makes the blood clean. It also reduces the platelets from clumping together and hence, the blood circulation is improved. Latest researches suggest that turmeric is also having some properties which fight against the cancer cells. Turmeric is already known for its antibacterial action and hence used as to heal the infected wound. In Ayurveda, turmeric is considered to be good for all tpe of Dosha i.e. Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha and Kapha Dosha if used in proper manner. It is one of the best drug for treating the diabetes mellitus. It is also used in various ways in Panchakarma. There are many Ayurvedic formulas containing turmeric or haridra which are used to treat various diseases.
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28 Jun 07
I once bought turmeric as a spice in Spain where it is sold as a substitute for safrane as it is the same color, a bright yellow which the Spanish use to color their paella. I did think it was a food coloring, now you tell me it is a healing spice. Thank you very much.