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Turmeric Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingDigestive Effects Help
LightHotDryClear
Bitter
Experiences:
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Flushes-sinuses
Type: Spices
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Color: Yellow
Effect: Sattvic, Tejas, Alkalizing
Nutrient: Antioxidant

Serving Size: 1/16 tsp
Species: Curcuma Longa
Family: Zingiberaceae
Pharmacological Effects
About Pharmacological Effects
The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
AlterativeAnalgesicAnthelminthic
Anti-InflammatoryAntiarthriticAntibacterial
AnticarcinogenicAntifungalAntimicrobial
AntiplateletAntipruriticBlood-Thinner
Blood-TonicBone-TonicBurns-Toxins
CarminativeCholagogueDetoxicant
DigestiveEmmenogogueExpels-Poisons
HypoglycemicHypolipidemicInduces-Ovulation
Skin-TonicSpleen-TonicVasodilator
Vulnerary
ayurvedic notes
Turmeric invigorates and moves the blood. Its strong nature reduces and treats weakness. It stimulates blood formation. Its yellow color suggests use as a liver herb. A small dose cleans the liver and blood due to bitter taste. Turmeric is used in all blood and blood plasma related disorders, especially those due to Pitta and Kapha. Its heat alleviates Vata and Kapha. A large dose aggravates Pitta.

Yogis use turmeric to help stretch ligaments and repair injury. Liver heat is connected to laxity of the tendons and ligaments.

Spring Cleansing

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. Its ability to move the blood dries dampness and increases heat. Turmeric's ability to support the liver while cleansing the lymphatic system make it an ideal herb for spring cleansing (along with beets and dandelions). Turmeric's blood moving, and clearing properties are also beneficial for use in arthritis.

Liver, the Blood and Gynecology

Turmeric stimulates the liver (ranjaka Pitta) and bile flow, dissolving and preventing gallstones. It is a blood purifier specifically used to promote beautiful skin and eliminate systemic toxemia, eczema, urticaria, psoriasis, and acne. It helps with itching and skin problems due to cold, dry or stagnant qualities of other doshas (sheetaPitta). Turmeric is often mixed with other bitter herbs to enhance its anti-inflammatory and liver clearing effects. It nourishes the heart and reduces cholesterol. Its anti-platelet activity prevents coagulation and reduces Kapha in blood. Its antiseptic activity is useful for infections, fevers, and sore throats.

Digestion

Turmeric improves digestive strength by increasing blood flow. It is an antiseptic that promotes "sweet intestines", or intestines free of bacteria and ama. Its haemostatic and anti-inflammatory qualities treat stomach ulcers and colitis. Turmeric improves rasa agni, or the "body's raw power to nourish plasma and the blood". It clears ama, Kapha, and fat in diabetes. Its blood moving qualities are useful in Alzheimer's.

Turmeric destroys all Kapha accumulations in lower abdomen including endometriosis, amenorrhea, leucorrhea, fibroids, cancer and cysts from cold congestion. It promotes the flow of the menses and purifies breast milk. It specifically clears menstrual pain caused by arachidonic acid.

Inflammation & Joints

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory with subtle quality to enter the joint space, reducing arthritis and inflammation, alleviating pain, and strengthening joints and tendons. It treats gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis. Its anti-inflammatory activities are also useful in asthma, broken bones, and wounds. By its heating and blood moving qualities, turmeric reduces pain topically in bruises and sprains however it stains everything it touches.

Other

Those with cough and respiratory problems can drink turmeric milk (see Gold Milk). Turmeric smoke cures hiccups and lowers respiration. It is an anti-venom for King Cobra snake bites. The fresh root is used as a suppository in the rectum to cleanse and open the root chakra. Turmeric burns ama, reducing its diuretic effect. Contraindications include pregnancy, with other anti-coagulants, antiplatelets and (COX) inhibitors. Be careful when gallstones present. Caution in high Pitta/Vata.

Turmeric in Chinese Medicine

Turmeric, called Jiang Huang in Chinese medicine, addresses the spleen, stomach and liver meridians. It invigorates the blood, promotes movement of blood, unblocks the menses, chest and abdominal pain, alleviates amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea with cold deficiency, and swelling pain or pain due to obstruction. It expels wind.
about
Turmeric is a warm, yellow, earthy, slightly bitter spice used in ritual, medicine, and cooking. Turmeric paste is applied to bride and groom before marriage in some places of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Although a deep yellow color, turmeric makes a poor fabric dye because it quickly fades when exposed to light. Turmeric can be used as an indicator of acidic or basic properties of a substance.
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Turmeric is a rhizome in the ginger family and looks like a small, orange yellow ginger root. Its leaves smell like ginger. It favors warm and humid climate. Turmeric is usually sold as a dried powder but sometimes the fresh root is also available. To make the powder, the rhizome is boiled for several hours then dried in hot ovens and ground.
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Turmeric is used extensively in South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking mainly for its medicinal value and to impart a rich, yellow color. While some practitioners recommend frying turmeric briefly in ghee, I sprinkle the turmeric on the food after cooking for maximum medicinal value. Turmeric milk is one popular preparation. Fresh turmeric can be made into turmeric pickle. The leaves of turmeric are used in Maharashtran Indian cooking. Turmeric is popular as a tea in Japan. It is often used as a replacement for saffron which is more expensive. Turmeric gives the yellow color to mustard and is used in dessert and broths commercial to impart a rich, custard look. For daily use, sprinkle 1/2 tsp per serving into food or warm water 2x daily. Results and dosage may vary by individual.

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I love to use turmeric, either in a honey paste with 5% black or long pepper for penetration and 5% ginger for digestion, or in turmeric milk. I have a fairly extensive piece on turmeric at http://www.acupuncturebrooklyn.com/herbal-articles-by-karen-vaughan/turmeric-sweet-turmeric with recipes. The turmeric honey can shrink lipomas- one patient went from baseball sized to golf ball sized in 6 months.

- Karen Vaughan, Brooklyn, NY, 01-20-10
Once a week after an oil massage ( sesame oil) we use coarse ground chickpea flour (laddu besan) with turmeric as a paste to clean the skin instead of a showergel . Very invigorating. - Raagini Pradhan

I mix it with a little honey for the kids when they have a sore throat. They think its quite magical.. they are right. - Karen Mackenzie

Turmeric, boswelia and a few others as anti inflammatory for my tendonitis. - Erika King

I take it everyday, i used it for my daughter, she had bladder infection, she took a pill for two days together with cranberry juice and it was gone after three days! - Lisa Goudzwaard

I like to mix it with warm milk (or almond milk when I'm not feelin' the dairy) and ginger. Thanks John. - Jeannie Faulkner

I want to use it to help my cancer. I want to make an easy useful tincture. Is that possible and how much should I take? Thanks Gail E. Kincaid
- Gail E. Kincaid, Bloomington, IN, 08-23-11
How much amount of turmeric rhizome (raw) should one take everyday?
- Pinaki Bandyopadhyay, 09-01-12
Very informative
- Doris BerkoAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 01-20-13
How would I use Turmeric as an internal cleanser? Judy
- Judy, Marysville, CA, 01-30-13
I am confused. In my Ayurveda Book by Judith Morrison, Turmeric is yes for Pitta, but it is a no here? I like Turmeric but stuffer from hot flashes. What should I do?
- Marcella, Huntington beach, CA, 01-30-13
Tumeric and avocado on a open sandwich is the best, somehow the flavour of both just oozes out. I'm glad to hear that I don't have to fry it to get the medicinal properties out, I like to use it any which way. Thank you for a wonderful article.
- Annie Dohne, BeaudesertAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 01-30-13
Spot on! Just took an online course through Floracopeia regarding the 10 herbs to have for home health. Turmeric was #1 on the list followed by ginger. And thanks to the other readers for your comments and how you use turmeric. Awesome!
- KristiAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 01-31-13
Dosage Recommendations: 1/2 tsp, 2x a day is mentoned in the cooking section of John's great article!!
- Emily ann, Downers grove, ILAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 02-05-13
Marcella - A small amount of turmeric (1/8 - 1/4tsp) reduces pitta due to the cleansing action on the liver. A larger amount increases pitta due because it creates excess heat. Thanks for asking!
Judy - Try 1/4tsp with meals 3x daily.
Thank you John! This is very useful.
- Marcella, Huntington beach, CAAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 02-22-13
In the article about ginger, it was mentioned that dry ginger and fresh ginger have different properties. I was wondering whether similar changes occur also between dry turmeric and fresh turmeric ? s.b.
- shiraz, Vancouver, 04-17-13
Really informative article on Turmeric. As an Indian, I have been taking it in most of my food items as a spice (mostly as a saute in ghee). However, I am unable to get pain relieving effect for my neck pain from turmeric in food or milk. Instead, I tried curcumin extract capsules and it seems they have much better anti-inflammatory effect and does reduce the pain substantially. At the same time, due to curcumin I get skin rashes and it also disturbs my pitta. I am really confused here, do you recommend that I continue with curcumin tablet instead of turmeric for pain relief? If not, then how should I be able to get pain relieving effect of turmeric for my (muscular) neck pain? Any suggestion in this regard would be highly appreciated !
- Mayur PunekarAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic DietAyurvedic Diet, 12-09-13
i am suffering from itching due to jaundice.any remedy to reduce my itching
- suv, 01-08-14
Dear Mayur P. It sounds like you would benefit from an Ayurveda consultation to find the root cause of your pain Angela
- Angela corcoran, MA, 01-22-14

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