What is Turmeric ?

Turmeric: A gift to mankind from Ayurveda


According to Ayurveda, the turmeric is called as “ Haridhra” means which improves skin complexion and cleanse the skin, that could be reason why  many south Indian women still use it as external application on face and foot as well as a spice.  Evidence is showing that in India and Sri Lanka, its been used for more than 5000 years to treat wide range of ailments.

In Ayurvedic Medicine it is used as predominantly used for the management of Diabetes, used in toxic conditions and wounds as antiseptic, used in urinary infections, upper respiratory tract conditions, itchy conditions, Intetinal worms, running nose and anorexia.  As an external application it is used to reduce the inflammation and swelling along with that it promotes the skin complexion that could be the reason Turmeric go its name as “hairdhra” in Sanskrit language.

Ayurvedic Properties of Turmeric:

  • Taste ( Rasa): Thikthakam (Bitter) and Katu Rasa (Pungent)
  • Property (Guna): Rookshanam ( Dry) and Laghu (Light)
  • Post Digestive Effect (Vipaka): Pungent ( Katu)
  • Potency ( Veerya): Hot in nature
  • Effect: it balances all tridosha, but excess consumption during summer may cause aggravation of pitta.

What is the current Evidence says about it:

Current research evidence indicates:

Used in Arthritis: as pain elevating and reducing inflammation.

 Ref: James W. DailyMini Yang, and Sunmin Park, Efficacy of Turmeric Extracts and Curcumin for Alleviating the Symptoms of Joint Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials, J Med Food. 2016 Aug 1; 19(8): 717–729. Published online 2016 Aug 1. doi:  10.1089/jmf.2016.3705.

The active compounds such a curcumioids are powerful anti-inflammatory and very strong antioxidant. Best suppliments contain 95-97% curcuminoids with Bio- Piperine from Long pepper which Piper Longum which enhances the potency of curcumin .

Ref: Chainani-Wu N. Safeity and anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin: a component of turmeric (Curcuma longa). J Altern Complement Med 9.1 (2003): 161-8

Curcumin Inhibits Cyclo-Oxygenase -2 pathway Transcription in bile acid- used to treat any type of GUT inflammation.

Ref: Zhang F, Altorki NK, Mestre JR, et al. Curcumin inhibits cyclooxygenase-2 transcription in bile acid- and phorbol ester-treated human gastrointestinal epithelial cells. Carcinogenesis 1999;20:445-5

Potent Anti-Oxidant and used for the helps in natural detox process.

Ref: AK T, Gulcin I. Antioxidant and radical scavenging properties of curcumin. Chem Biol Interact 174.1 (2008): 27-37.

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