Turmeric, also called Haldi or Haridra in Hindi, is one of the most well-known and commonly used herbs in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian Medicinal system. It is also a widely used spice in the cuisines of India and many other countries of southern and southeastern Asia, especially for curries.
From ayurvedic perspective, turmeric stimulates blood formation and circulation. Therefore, it is used in all blood and blood plasma related disorders, especially those due to Pitta and Kapha. Its ability tomove the blood dries dampness and increases heat as well. Its strong nature reduces and treats weakness, thus making it a very effective tonic. Its yellow color suggests it can be used as a liver herb. A small dose cleanses the liver and blood. Its heat alleviates Vata and Kapha. A large dose aggravates Pitta. Yogis use turmeric to help stretch ligaments and repair injury, because the heat in liver is connected tolaxity of the tendons and ligaments.
Consistent with the teaching in Ayurveda, scientists discovered that turmeric improves circulation and thins the blood, giving the blood subtle quality to enter and clean the lymphatic system as well as all vessels and tissues. Turmeric's blood moving and clearing properties are also effective in treating arthritis and menstrual pain.
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a safe anti-inflammatory in many ailments. It turns out that curcumin is the bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level. As an anti-inflammatory, curcumin is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs.
Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. Curcumin is not only neutralizes free radicals, but also boosts the body’s own antioxidant mechanisms. Nowadays, curcumin has become very popular as an anti-aging supplement.
Besides the above mentioned medicinal properties, turmeric still has countless of other pharmacological effects, such as: alterative, analgesic, anthelminthic, antiarthritic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiplatelet, antipruritic, blood-thinner, blood-tonic, bone-tonic, carminative, cholagogue, detoxicant, digestive, emmenogogue, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, induces ovulation, skin-tonic, spleen-tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary, anti-allergic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, appetizer, astringent, cardiovascular, diuretic, stimulant.
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