Through out India and especially South India Turmeric is considered as divine. Most South Indian dishes will have some amount of turmeric in it, the main reason being turmeric is a super herb. A complete meal in South India will have top herbs as ingredients, herbs like ginger, turmeric, pepper and so on. Of all these turmeric is considered the most important.
Turmeric – The Queen of Herbal Plants:
Within the domain of all medicinal plants known to man, very few plants possess such a wide range of qualities and medicinal properties as turmeric. In India for millenniums people used this wonderful herb to treat various diseases and ailments. Turmericis one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory food, it is sometimes more effective than a prescribed medicine.
However unlike the prescribed drugs turmeric has wide ranging benefits as it can act as an analgesic, a powerful antibacterial agent, has anti-tumor properties, an anti-allergic, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, improves digestion, diuretic, and a stimulant. Until recently turmeric was considered just as a folk medicine, however modern science is beginning to recognize and understand the amazing properties of turmeric and a lot of research is happening on turmeric.
Turmeric – Ayurvedic Uses:
According to Ayurveda the main organs that turmeric aids and treats are the skin, heart, liver and lungs. According to Ayurveda Turmeric controls the dosha Kapha (just like ginger) and thereby cures diseases related to lungs. Turmeric can also be used as a medicine for Nasal Polyps.
Ayurveda prescribes turmeric for diseases like epilepsy, various skin conditions, and to purify the body-mind. When it comes to purifying the body, the organ in a human body that acts as sink for the toxins is the liver. Liver is like a sponge which absorbs all the toxins which enters our system through food as well as through body’s metabolism. Turmeric detoxifies the liver and makes it healthy. Thus turmeric addresses the root cause of body toxin levels by making liver healthy.
There are numerous other therapeutic uses of Turmeric; it cures anemia and prevents cancer (also controls the growth of cancer cells). It helps in controlling diabetes and improves digestion. It cures food poisoning, and aids in controlling gallstones. It is a powerful anti-microbial agent and can be used to control infections caused due to parasites and staph infections. It can also applied externally and cures various skin conditions and even cure wounds.Turmeric also improves the reproductive system of women and improves and purifies breast milk. Recent studies have shown that with too much pesticides in the food we consume the breast milk too is being loaded with pesticides and turmeric can help in purifying the breast milk. In male it helps in improving semen generation.
Turmeric also reduces fever, diarrhea and other urinary disorders. It improves eye sight, and ear functioning.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies using Turmeric:
Turmeric as a spice can be added in most of the foods in small quantity without changing the taste and smell of the actual recipe. However many people who take turmeric along with the food might not like the taste and smell of turmeric. However turmeric can be taken as a supplement by these people. Simple home remedies using turmeric are as follows
Home Remedy for Anemia:
1 tea spoon of fresh turmeric ground manually (or using a low rpm grinder) and mixed with honey can be taken as a juice. This is should be taken everyday and one can expect to get rid of anemia with a few months.
Home Remedy for Asthma
One tea spoon of turmeric powder should be added with boiling milk, the milk then should be be consumed warm. Adding a bit of ginger to the warm milk will make it more effective.
A paste made out of turmeric powder (1 tea spoon) and Aloe Vera Gel (1 tea spoon) can be applied over the burnt area.
Make a paste using 1 tea spoon ful of turmeric powder with half a tea spoon of common salt along with mustard oil. After brushing using this paste and rub it gently over teeth and gums. (This can be done twice everyday)
Type two diabetes requires life long medication in western medicine however a simple home remedy can control diabetes a great deal. Simply consume 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder thrice a day (can mix the powder in water and can be consumed). The same procedure can be used to cure diarrhea. It treats the whole Gastro – Intestinal system and hence can cure any disease due to the disorder of gastro-intestinal system.
Turmeric can be used as a home remedy for:
- Weak stomach and poor digestion
- Conditions like dyspepsia
- Improper metabolism
- Poor protein digestion and assimilation
- Acidic Stomach
Turmeric can also be used as a supplement to achieve the following:
- Liver detoxification
- Control blood cholesterol
- Anti allergies
- Improved immunity
Other Uses of Turmeric:
Turmeric plant is an important part in many Hindu rituals. Women use it over the skin for better complexion and to avoid skin diseases. The smoke produced by burning turmeric is a strong insect repellent. This smoke can also be inhaled to cure a congested nasal passage.
Scientific Research on Turmeric:
Recent studies on turmeric proves most of the medical claims made by Ayurveda. According to research the important agent responsible for the medical properties of turmeric is Curcumin. Studies are conducted and it is proved that Turmeric is effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease,cancer, and arthritis. In another laboratory research conducted on mice, turmeric controlled the severity of pancreatitis-associated lung injury.
Research also shows other compounds (other than curcumin) in turmeric to have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. In research conducted in May 2012, a team of British researchers launched a clinical trial and established the fact that curcumin found in foods with turmeric actually improves the drug response in patients with advanced bowel cancer. Turmeric is found to enhance the effect of chemotherapy in destroying the cancer cells. Animal tests are proving beyond doubt that cancer treatment along with turmeric is ‘100 times more effective’ than just the cancer treatment.
Lot of research is happening now in establishing the other medical properties of turmeric.
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