Turmeric: sacred, medicinal herb
In traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, turmeric – Curcuma longo or turmeric – is already known for centuries as a medicinal herb. Turmeric is mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic medicine in the first century BC and shows an important herb (Haridra) for cleaning of the blood. The rhizome is honored for its cleansing effect on the body.
In the Chinese doctrine the use of the root of turmeric is an effective therapy for the skin and is also used in the treatment of bruises, wounds, ring worm, toothache and menstrual problems.
Indian cuisine uses the powder – or dried root – in almost every dish. In Indonesia, the fresh leaves are also a popular spice. Outside the medical applications and use in the kitchen, the root is also used as a dye. It is then used in many Hindi rituals because the color yellow symbolizes the sun
Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory effect and soothes the pain, swelling, fever and congested respiratory system. It promotes the release of mucus and has an antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal effect and is immune enhancing. Turmeric is used for skin inflammation, eczema, dry skin, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle pain, edema, bruises, wounds, toothache and menstrual problems.
It is a powerful anti-inflammatory in acute and chronic inflammation. It reduces morning stiffness and joint pain, rheumatism, reduces inflammation in other autoimmune diseases, helps relieve muscle pain, tendonitis and gout.
In addition, turmeric provides assistance in inflammatory diseases of the bowel diseases such as colitis and Crohn’s disease.
The strong antioxidant turmeric also works with aging. Turmeric is also a good prevention against cancer. Mainly mouth cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and leukemia are prevented by the use of turmeric. The herb acts as a direct inhibitor of tumor growth. Researchers think curcumin may support the body in the fight against multiple sclerosis. It helps in liver load by alcohol, is blood sugar-lowering and protects from the complications of diabetes.