Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
Species: Curcuma Longa
Spring CleansingTurmeric 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 GynecologyTurmeric 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.
DigestionTurmeric 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.
Inflammation & JointsTurmeric 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.
OtherThose 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 MedicineTurmeric, 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.
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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.
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 à 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
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|Osteoarthritis||Pain lower back|
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