Ayurveda has been in existence since ancient times and is a study of traditional medicines to harmonise human mind and body. It stresses on the use of natural herbs to cure all ailments and diseases. There are many herbs which play an important part in Ayurvedic medicine and turmeric is one among them.
Turmeric: The basics of it
Also referred as Curcuma Longa scientifically, turmeric is a relative of ginger. It is a long plant covered by a fibrous brown skin which grows up to 6 feet in height. The orange-yellow colour of its innards gives some mustards and curries their unique hue and flavour. Curcumin is considered to be the active ingredient in turmeric and other than the known anti-inflammatory properties, it also has a strong antioxidant effect.
Turmeric as an anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic Medicine!
Use of turmeric as an anti-inflammatory herb is routed back to several thousand years. It is principally associated with India, as maximum of turmeric production happens in the Indian sub-continent. However, China too uses it for the same purpose.
Turmeric is rich in medicinal properties and is helpful in curing several other diseases.
As an Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric can treat several diseases that are said to be inflammatory in nature. Studies also suggest that it can help with osteoarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Benefits of using turmeric
There indeed are many benefits of using turmeric as an anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic medicine. Some of them are:
- Its price; turmeric is quite cheap.
- Its ease of availability. Being a common spice, it can be manufactured and sold easily.
- It has very few side effects and thus can be used a long time without any harm to the body.
While there exist no major drawback of using turmeric as an anti-inflammatory, it must be avoided in case of diseases like stomach ulcers. Before taking turmeric, you must seek advice from a doctor in case if you have diabetes or gall bladder issues. Pregnant women are also recommended to refrain from taking the supplemental strength turmeric, however, it can be used as a spice.
Turmeric can react with several drugs so it is always advisable to check with a doctor while taking it with other type of medications.
You can use it as an anti-inflammatory medicine but don’t forget to make a note of all its other properties.