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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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Though we did not know the true value of tumeric, the family had for generations used tumeric in cooking, especially curry. We also enjoy tumeric in cooked rice which was distributed to family and friends on a baby's first month of life.


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Though we did not know the true value of tumeric, the family had for generations used tumeric in cooking, especially curry. We also enjoy tumeric in cooked rice which was distributed to family and friends on a baby's first month of life.


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santoion 7 years ago

Very good hub.Thank You !


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Would it be worth using tumeric mixed with water as a tonic for the liver, or is it sufficient to use it in curry or rice dishes and normal cooking?


Madame X 7 years ago

Excellent hub jshaiju! Someone I know has been using tumeric lately to reduce a small cyst on his face. It is working - slowly the cyst is going away. We just discovered this remedy, but we're always researching alternative health methods and are familiar with the conceptual basis of Ayurveda. I really enjoy your choice of topics. Thanks for a great post.


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jshaiju 7 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Jewels, turmeric can be used with milk or honey. A teaspoonful of turmeric with a glass of milk, or equal quantity of honey before going to bed is the usual practice, the duration of intake varies from a week to a month according to the need. Regular intake has not resulted in adverse side effects.

Thanks for your encouraging comments.


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jshaiju 7 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Madame X. Thanks for your kind words.


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