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Tumeric (Curcuma Longa)

Description

Tumeric is a popular herb found in many parts across the globe. It is known for its amazing anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties that make it an excellent medicinal herb. It comes with many health benefits and medicinal properties that aid in the treatment of many diseases. Curcuma Longa, is also a popular spice in India used in a wide range of cuisines. It has been evaluated on several occasions to determine its medicinal functions. It is an antioxidant, anti inflammatory herb that supports and enhances healthy joints, it enhances healthy vision, aging and promotes normal functioning of the liver.

It has also been found to be one of the most effective antioxidants. Therefore, it helps in preventing formation of free radicals and destroying them. As a result, it helps in prevention of some form of cancers including prostrate and breast cancer. Tumeric additionally inhibits a specific enzyme that causes inflammation.

Medicinal Uses

  1. Tumeric is well known for its strong anti inflammatory properties. Therefore, it helps in the treatment of arthritis. It also supports joints and makes them more flexible. This is quite beneficial for anyone who practices yoga. Your ligaments will flex with ease and with no pain.
  2. Its medicinal properties enhances the treatment of stomach problems including colic, wind, flatulence, liver ailments, heartburn, allergies and liver ailments
  3. Its anti inflammatory properties helps in the treatment and prevention of edema
  4. Enhances quick and effective treatment of wounds
  5. Tumeric has strong antioxidant properties therefore, prevents formation of free radicals. It also fights the radicals thus, preventing cancer.
  6.  It has immense potential to reverse heart disease
  7. Its therapeutic properties enhances treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, neurological diseases, alzheimer's disease, crohn's disease, type 2 diabetes, cystic fibrosis and cataract formation.
  8. It detoxifies the lung, kidney and drugs induced toxicity in the heart.
  9. It can reduce progression of HIV.
  10. Treats a wide range of skin infections including dermatitis, psoriasis and scleroderma
  11. Treats menstrual problems, toothache, trauma, pain and jaundice.
  12. Used in the treatment of eczema, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, hepatitis, ulcerative colitis and flatulence.
  13. Enhances quick and effective treatment of wounds and bruises.
  14. Treats Jaundice, asthma, pain caused by arthritis, gallbladder disorders, liver disorders and aids in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular conditions.
  15. Curcumin, a component of tumeric helps to prevent amyloid plaques in the brain. It also dissolves the plaques to treat dementia and other related conditions

 

Dosage and Administration

Tumeric is available in different forms including fluid extracts, encapsulated powders and tinctures

  1. Use standardized tumeric powder 400 to 600mg 3 times a day
  1. Use 1:2 or 3 to 5ml of tumeric 3 times a day.

Parts Used

Roots

Benefits

  1. it supports healthy aging in men and women
  2. Tumeric has some of the best antioxidant properties therefore, prevents formation of radicals and fights them to prevent cell damages.
  3. It enhances healthy vision
  4. It detoxifies the liver and helps to promote optimal liver health.
  5. Tumeric is an antibacterial, antifungal, preventive agent against cancer, malignant diseases, prevents diabetes, allergies, alzheimer's disease, arthritis, it is  antiviral and helps to prevents viral infections.
  6. Promotes proper blood flow
  7. Helps to maintain the right cholesterol levels.
  8. Its soothing properties helps to enhance skin health and promote gastrointestinal health.
  9. Enhances liver health due to its protective effects that are almost similar to that of milk thistle.
  10. It inhibits aggression of platelets.
  11. Stimulates digestive enzymes to prevent digestive disorders and enhance intestinal as well as digestive health.
  12. It is also used for culinary purposes in rice dishes, curry blends, vegetables and bean soups

Side Effects

  1. If you have a sensitive skin, tumeric may cause skin irritation. Therefore, it is essential to use it in small amounts or in massage oils and baths.
  2. During pregnancy, breastfeeding, when taking medication or planning to get pregnant, it is not  advisable to use Tumeric. It can cause skin reaction and allergies. Therefore, consult a healthcare provider before using the herb.
  3. Avoid during pregnancy because it can cause a uterine stimulant effect and contraction of the uterus.
  4. Mild gastrointestinal distress can occur. In this case minimize consumption of tumeric with food.
  5. Avoid the use of tumeric if you have bleeding disorders. It can increased the risk of bleeding.
  6. In some persons, it can cause gallstones and stimulate bile flow due to bile duct obstruction.
  7. It can cause ulcers in extreme cases and it is essential that you discontinue the use of the herb to prevent adverse conditions.

 

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