Alternative Medicine

Amazing Benefits of Turmeric

A member of the ginger family, turmeric holds a sacred place in Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic practitioners believe that it cleanses the whole body.

Besides its culinary uses, turmeric is used as a digestive aid, and also in treating infection, arthritis, jaundice and fever. A symbol of prosperity, turmeric's healing property lies in its stalk. The stalk is used to color, preserve and flavor foods in everyday cooking. Asian cuisine generally features fresh turmeric. The dried, powdered form is used in other parts of the world.

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Turmeric reduces fats, aids blood circulation and purifies the blood.

  • Turmeric helps digestion and is believed to help the body against intestinal parasites.

  • It is now being investigated for potential use as an anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory aid.

  • It is antiseptic, warming and an astringent.

Uses

Bowel Cancer Patients

Where turmeric is frequently used, the chances of colon cancer are greatly reduced. UK cancer specialists are currently testing oral turmeric capsules for colon cancer patients.

Arthritis Pain

Turmeric can also be used to reduce arthritic pain. This is how you can do it at home. Warm a cup of milk. Remove from heat before it boils, and add a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Stir well and drink up to thrice daily.

Digestive Problems

Studies on animals suggest that turmeric acts as a digestive stimulant and encourages the release of digestive enzymes that break down carbohydrates and fats. If you always seem to have a stomach upset, turmeric tea may be a good idea.

Prostate Cancer

When combined with certain vegetables, this substance has the potential of treating and preventing prostate cancer. Scientists in New Jersey have shown that turmeric works alongside a substance found in vegetables like broccoli, kale, turnips and cabbage to ensure protection against the dreaded disease.

Heart Problems

A 1992 study showed that turmeric may be able to reduce cholesterol levels and fight atherosclerosis. Preliminary studies in mice have also shown its potential in blocking the development of multiple sclerosis.

Smokers

A small clinical trial conducted in 1992 showed that 1.5 g of turmeric taken daily for a month could decrease the amount of mutagens (substance that helps cancerous mutation in cells) in the body. The study found that even the urines of smokers were lower in mutagens when given daily rations of turmeric, compared to non-smoker subjects.

~ Ajeet Khurana

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