Medicinal Uses of Turmeric
The Woderful Medicinal Properties of Turmeric
Modern research on turmeric has revealed many of its wonderful healing properties. Its efficacy in fighting cancer, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, chronic inflammation has made drug companies try and come up with compounds that could mimic the actions of turmeric. No wonder along with neem, turmeric was involved in a patent dispute for its medicinal properties. The University of Mississippi Medical Center 1995 was awarded U.S. patent on turmeric, specifically for "use of turmeric in wound healing", which was later revoked after a complaint filed by Indian Council for Science and Industrial Research.
Turmeric is used in Siddha and Ayurveda herbal preparations to cure various inflammations, fevers, arthritis etc. In India turmeric is considered a symbol of prosperity, fertility and purity. It is a cleansing herb.
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Turmeric has been regarded as a purifier by ayurvedic healers. Well known for its healing properties, remedies made of turmeric are used in treating digestive disorders, strengthening of liver, enhancing complexion, and nourishing body tissues. The main phytochemical compound of turmeric is curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant useful in fighting cancer. Curcumin is found to prevent formation of plaque, reduce inflammation and thereby used in treating Alzheimer’s disease, dementia etc.
Turmeric is found to be very effective in treating allergies. Sneezing, runny nose, sinus congestion are some of the symptoms of allergies. For this take a spoonful of turmeric in a glass of water. The symptoms are found to vanish within a couple of days. Turmeric is found to thin blood, and so people who take blood thinners should exercise caution when taking turmeric.
External application of turmeric paste is effective in reducing swelling and inflammation, rapid healing of wounds, and treating acne.
A paste made of turmeric and neem leaves is applied in affected areas to treat ringworm, itching, and eczema.
It can be used after surgery to reduce pain, inflammation and accelerate healing.
Research is still underway to prove scientifically what the Indians knew for centuries, that turmeric is one of the most powerful herb on this planet.
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