Jan 25, 2021

Turmeric is the king of root spices renowned for its culinary uses and natural remedies. Everyone is aware of its use in cooking, but the properties of turmeric go beyond taste and colour. It is extremely effective in healing many medical conditions. Nature has given us plenty of natural painkillers which provide relief without any side effects.

Turmeric is the king of root spices renowned for its culinary uses and natural remedies. Everyone is aware of its use in cooking, but the properties of turmeric go beyond taste and colour. It is extremely effective in healing many medical conditions. Nature has given us plenty of natural painkillers which provide relief without any side effects. Natural remedies derived from plants are far more effective than synthetic medicines. Turmeric is one such plant with a very long history of a host of medicinal benefits.

1. Ancient healing herb

Known as haridra (meaning, dear to God) in Sanskrit, the use of turmeric dates back to Vedic age when it was used for culinary purposes, religious rituals and herbal medicines. According to Sanskrit medical treatise turmeric has a long history of medicinal use in South Asia. Susruta, an ancient Indian physician, had recommended ointment containing turmeric to relieve the effects of poisoned food. Such is the magical property of this root spice.

2. Uses in traditional medicine

Ayurveda has proven effects of turmeric in the treatment of respiratory conditions, liver disorders, rheumatism, cold, cough, sore throat. In Chinese traditional medicine, it is used for treating abdominal pain. Unani practitioners have used it to get rid of phlegm and open blood vessels to enable better blood circulation.

Turmeric has been used in dishes like rice and curries to improve digestion and reduce bloating. It also helps in stimulating bile production in the liver, improving the body's ability to digest fats.  A common and easy way of consuming turmeric is with a glass of warm water or milk. The herb is used in therapeutic preparations in different countries. Turmeric is hailed for its various uses and benefits. It fights infection, when applied to wounds and cuts. It instantly brings relief and calms the mind, when mixed with milk and consumed. It is considered auspicious when used in religious rituals.

The incredible health benefits of turmeric:

  • Improves digestion

  • Dispels worms

  • Relieves gas

  • Dissolves gallstones

  • Acts as antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises

  • Regulates menstruation

  • Relieves digestive disorders

  • Purifies blood

  • Remedy for skin problems

  • Acts as natural sunscreen

3. Uses in modern medicine

The potential benefits of turmeric have been analysed by the scientific fraternity as well. It is routinely used in treatment of various diseases. Modern research studies have revealed the antioxidant, antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties of this golden spice.

According to a review on US National Library of Medicine, therapeutic benefits of Curcumin was recorded as early as 1748. Curcumin exhibited activities against numerous cancer types in human clinical trials''. It was found to produce remarkable symptomatic relief, which helps in deeper understanding of therapeutic benefits of Curcumin.

4. Turmeric can help reduce the occurrence of migraine

Migraines are one of the most prevalent illnesses. Most people suffer from migraine, which are triggered by histamine, a substance that causes allergic reactions. Researchers feel that these terrible headaches can be caused and worsened by histamine. Several studies show that Curcumin showed a reduction in the frequency of migraine headaches. Curcumin or Curcuminoids, the main active element in turmeric is proven to alleviate or reduce the occurrence of migraine headaches.

  • Grind the fresh turmeric root and boil it with water and have it as turmeric tea.

  • You could also have Curcumin as a supplement or add it with black pepper.

  • The ideal dose can range from 300 500 milligrams taken two times a day.

Though it is absolutely safe to consume Curcumin, some people might experience nausea or gastrointestinal disturbance, but it is certainly not fatal.

5. Household remedy.

Turmeric is found in every household. This most powerful natural herb can come in handy for home remedy to cure common ailments.
For cough relief Gargle with one cup of hot water and half teaspoon of turmeric.

Remedy for cold, cough, sore throat Inhaling the smoke of burnt turmeric.
Seasonal allergies Boil water. Add turmeric, honey and lime.
Oral health Spreading turmeric on gums and rinsing it, helps reduce gum diseases.

6. First -Aid

For minor cuts while chopping vegetables or gardening or a bicycle fall, you could turn to turmeric first before rushing to a doctor or a tablet. Known for its amazing anti- inflammatory and antiseptic properties, turmeric is a brilliant first aid medicine. 

When applied on the affected area, the curcumin in turmeric lowers swelling. Turmeric stops bleeding and helps in clotting process. The ability of turmeric to relieve oxidative stress helps quick healing of a wound, enhancing the activity of antioxidant enzymes. 

Turmeric can reverse the damage caused to skin due to burns. It provides the required nutrients to restructure epithelial tissue besides reducing scarring.

7. Pain and inflammation

Turmeric is a natural painkiller. Several studies have reported that Curcumin in turmeric has unique analgesic effects, which can reduce inflammation related pains.  It eases conditions like arthritis, morning stiffness, joint pains and back aches.

8. ENT

Even though many people suffer from tinnitus (perception of noise ringing in ears), there is no cure for it. But studies have shown that turmeric extracts can have positive responses to such ear conditions. The pure turmeric with the right amount of Curcumin can effectively treat ear discomforts. Turmeric works well for stopping nose bleeding, clear the sinuses and restore the sense of smell. The main cause of cataracts and other eye problems is the oxidation of the lens in eyes. Turmeric consumption helps decrease the oxidation of lens.

The astringent, anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric make it an excellent remedy for toothaches and tooth decay. 

Though the humble root of turmeric comes with a plethora of medicinal values, a few precautions must be observed by people with medical conditions such as gall bladder issues, kidney stones, bleeding disorders, surgery related issues and pregnancy. In such cases, it is best to seek the advice of a medical professional before using turmeric as a supplement. 

Turmeric must be pure and natural to derive its original healing properties. And it must be taken in limited quantities to ensure balanced and effective healing. One must ensure the turmeric used is an organically grown chemical free spice with the right proportion of Curcumin.

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