Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.It is native to Southeast Asia. It has been used in Asia for thousands of years and is a major part of Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, and traditional Chinese medicine. It was first used as a dye, and then later for its medicinal properties.
Turmeric is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes, imparting a mustard-like, earthy aroma and pungent, slightly bitter flavor to foods.Although typically used in its dried, powdered form, turmeric also is used fresh, like ginger.It is used widely as a spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking.
In Ayurvedic and Siddha practices, turmeric has been used as an attempted treatment for a variety of internal disorders, such as indigestion, throat infections, common colds, or liver ailments, as well as topically, to cleanse wounds or treat skin sores.
In Eastern India, the plant is used as one of the nine components of navapatrika along with young plantain or banana plant, taro leaves, barley (jayanti), wood apple (bilva), pomegranate (darimba), asoka, manaka or manakochu, and rice paddy. The Navapatrika worship is an important part of Durga festival rituals.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties.It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.Recently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time… it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties.These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.However, the curcumin content of it is not that high… it’s around 3%, by weight.
Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine… a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.
1. Anti-inflammatory Property:
The foremost reason to use turmeric in almost any health condition is its anti-inflammatory property.
Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that has potent anti-inflammatory property.One advantage over conventional anti-inflammatory agents is that turmeric does not cause gastric side effects. Curcumin free turmeric is also found to have anti-inflammatory property.
2. Antioxidant Property:
Curcuminoids present in turmeric are strong antioxidants. Their antioxidant activity is comparable to vitamin C and E. As antioxidants they:
• Reduce oxidative stress or imbalance between prooxidant and antioxidant species in the body
• Raise the level of antioxidant enzymes
• Scavenge free radical species that cause oxidative damage
Thus they ameliorate oxidative stress in conditions like diabetes and thalassemia.
4. Helps in heavy metal detoxification:
Turmeric benefits in the treatment of heavy metal poisoning by virtue of its antioxidant property and chelating (ability to bind to metal and remove them from the body) property.
5. It improves digestion and stomach health:
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action is found to protect the digestive tract from bacterial infections.Traditional medicine states that turmeric is a carminative- it helps in relieving bloating. Turmeric is an effective digestive aid.
Research shows that curcumin can prevent and treat pancreatitis. Its anti-inflammatory activity benefits in pancreatitis.It is also beneficial in pancreatic cancer.
6. It reduces severity of various types of arthritis:
Curcumin has multiple ways in treating rheumatoid arthritis:
• It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
• It improves antioxidant defences.
• It ameliorates autoimmune reactions.
• It protects bone cells.
Supplementation of curcumin in individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis is found to significantly reduce pain and improve joint function better than conventional therapy.
Research shows that curcumin formulations outperform conventional anti-arthritic drugs prescribed in osteoarthritis.Curcumin also protects bone tissue and prevents bone loss.
7. It benefits brain health:
Turmeric has neuroprotective properties that benefit in psychiatric disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and protect the brain and nerves from injury.
8. It benefits eye & ear health:
Turmeric’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties benefit in eye and ear disorders.Research shows that curcumin ameliorates inflammation in uveitis and reduces symptoms as early as a week.Curcumin’s antioxidant property is beneficial in treatment of cataract.Similarly curcumin’s antioxidant and neuroprotective property is found to be beneficial in treatment of glaucoma.
9. It benefits oral health:
It benefits greatly in oral and dental care and hygiene.A pilot study demonstrates that curcumin mouthwash is as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash as an anti-inflammatory agent in treatment of gingivitis.Oral turmeric gel helps in reducing inflammation in gingivitis. It gets rid of plaque.It is therapeutic in treatment of periodontitis.Turmeric benefits in oral ulcers.
10. Turmeric benefits in Healthy Respiratory System:
It relieves cough and cold.It is anti-asthma agent.It protects from nicotine smoke induced damage.Curcumin, by its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property, finds its use in various lung diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.Research shows that curcumin treatment can reverse steroid resistance in COPD.
11. Turmeric benefits in skin problems:
Turmeric can protect skin from wrinkles and sun damage induced aging. Curcumin’s antioxidant property is found to beneficial in managing skin aging.It helps in treatment of psoriasis.It protects from sunburns and offers photoprotection.It can soothe eczema.It can help in treatment of acne.
HOW TO USE TURMERIC:
Boil turmeric in oil with methi,garlic & ginger & apply to get rid of your bone pain.
FOR DIGESTION & STOMACH HEALTH:
Take 1 pinch of haldi with luke warm water to reduce bloating.
FOR SKIN PROBLEMS:
For itchy skin or eczema kind of problems apply a paste of raw turmeric & marigold flower twice a day.It will reduce the skin irritation.
FOR ACNE PROBLEMS:
To reduce active acne & acne marks apply raw turmeric paste regularly with face pack to see result.
FOR GLOWING SKIN:
Turmeric is known to enhance the brightness of skin.For this use turmeric regularly in different ways like turmeric extract containing facewash,facial oils,face packs,face scrubs ets.
Some of the products that I have used & really liked are
Aloe Veda Turmeric Clarifying Face Wash
Soulflower Essential Oil Turmeric
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Absolute Anti Tan Scrub
Banjara’s Face Pack Powder, Kasturi Turmeric
Vya Naturals Turmeric Face Scrub (Dry Powder)
FOR BRONCHITIS,ASTHMA,LUNG INFECTION:
Boil bhindi(lady’s finger),turmeric, ginger & strain the water & drink to stop the problem.
For 1 cup 0f tea(250ml) boil turmeric,ginger,curry leaves,1 pinch each of -cinnamon powder, green cardamom powder,clove powder,nutmeg powder,black peppercorn powder, then strain it & drink.You can also dip your green tea sachet into it,let it steep for sometime & then have it.I have been drinking this tea for around two months & i must say it did a great job for me. Initially I started to take this tea for weightloss.I can’t comment on the weight loss aspect much but must say it did improve my immunity a lot.It completely changed the way my body reacts to weather change.This is the first time in my life that i didn’t fall ill during this weather change time.Even my family members were surprised at this change.
I’m in no way any professional.All the informations given here are collected from doctors’ interviews,doctors’ tv programs & others.There is no guarantee that your body will react to it in the exact same way my body has.I’m also not on any kind of medication.So do consult with your doctor before trying out anything.