Turmeric Root is also known by the name Curcuma. The plant is native to Southern Asia. The genus name Curcuma is from an Arabic word "kurkum," meaning "saffron," in reference to the color of Turmeric. The actual word Turmeric is from the Medieval Latin "terra merita," meaning "deserving earth."
In India, women with lovely, velvety skin often attribute it to consuming Turmeric. The parts of this plant used for health benefits are the rhizome and the root. Turmeric is a close relative to Ginger Root, and can be used as a dye and a cooking spice in India and other Asian countries. It has been used traditionally for the potential to help support symptoms of jaundice and other liver ailments, ulcers, parasitic infections, various skin problems, sprains, strains, bruises, inflammation of the joints, cold and flu symptoms, preserving food, and promoting digestion.
Native peoples of the Pacific sprinkled the dust on their shoulders during ceremonial dances, and used it for numerous medical problems ranging from constipation to skin problems. The inhalation of smoke from burning Turmeric is said to help support "hysterical fits." The potential properties of this herb are cholagogue, hepatic, stomachic, carminative, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. The primary chemical constituents of Turmeric Root include curcumin (yellow pigment) essential oil (artumerone, zingberene, borneol), valepotriates, alkaloids, and protein.
Modern interest in Turmeric began in 1971 when Indian researchers found evidence suggesting that the herb may possess anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin was later found to possess potential antioxidant properties. Evidence also suggests that Turmeric is an herb that stimulates the gallbladder. Turmeric helps to stabilize the body's microflora, thus inhibiting yeast overgrowth. It also sensitizes the body's cortisol receptor sites, and its anti-inflammatory properties are considered at least equal to those of cortisones. Turmeric can be used to help support blood platelet aggregation that can lead to dangerous blood clots. Turmeric Root also helps to protect the liver, and is excellent for those exposed to toxic chemicals. Turmeric is also anti-mutagenic, and helps protect the body from mutagens such as smoke and other pollutants.
Studies on Turmeric have verified that the herb possesses cholagogue-type substances which increase the secretions of bile. It has also been suggested that Turmeric lowers blood cholesterol and helps with weight loss. Recent investigations suggest that curcuminoids may be active in the support for symptoms related to compromised immunity levels, this is presumably connected with the cytotoxicity of these substances, which has been demonstrated on cell cultures. Past topical applications of this herb may include its use as a poultice for athlete's foot, bruises, psoriasis, swellings, and wounds.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
Not to be used for an extended period of time. For extended use, consult with your family physician or health care provider.
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