Turmeric is a vital herb in Ayurvedic medicine, whose spice form can be recognized by its dazzling, yellow color. The root of the herb, used either fresh or dried, has a host of medicinal benefits. It acts as a carminative and also enhances the complexion and skin-tone. In addition, Turmeric can be used to combat liver damage, respiratory disorders and ulcers.
Therapeutic constituents:Turmeric’s principal constituent is curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Turmeric has gastroprotective properties, which prevent stomach ulcers.
- As an anti-inflammatory, the herb alleviates joints aches and pains.
- It is beneficial in treating respiratory disorders.
- Turmeric is also known to lower blood cholesterol levels.
Himalaya Turmeric is a pure herb extract. Turmeric or curcumin (Latin name:Curcumin longa) is a herb that is used extensively in south asia as a food ingredient as well as a medicine.
The many health benefits of Turmeric are attributed to Curcumin - an ingredient in Turmeric.
Turmeric has been a traditional household item for centuries and is often used in conjunction with Neem as a purifying herb that promotes healthy skin through systemic blood purification.
In the past decade, Turmeric's principle constituent, curcumin, has been extensively studied by Western researchers and scientists for its antioxidant activity. Researchers continue to study curcumin in relation to normal cell growth and normal brain function. "Common Indian Spice Stirs Hope," Wall Street Journal, 2005.
Benefits of Turmeric
- Turmeric is a powerful anti-oxidant and prevents cell aging
- Turmeric stimulates the immune system
- Turmeric supports the body's natural anti-inflammatory response that promotes joint health
- Turmeric is excellent for skin health
- Turmeric is a natural anti-septic agent that helps in treating cuts, infections and burns when applied topically
- Turmeric supports brain cells
- Turmeric is a detoxifier and promotes liver health
- Turmeric promotes weight loss by metabolizing fat.
- Turmeric is said to boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy especially the chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
Turmeric in Ayurveda:
According to Ayurveda, turmeric's gunas or qualities are that it is laghu (dry) and ruksha (rough). Its rasas (taste) is katu (pungent) and tikta (bitter). It has ushna virya and is tridoshic at normal dosages. Turmeric principally treats the skin, heart, liver and lungs. It was recommended by Sushruta epilepsy and bleeding disorders. Charaka recommended it for skin diseases, to purify the body mind, and to help the lungs expel Kapha.