Turmeric

TurmericCurcuma longa

Part used: Root

Energetics: Pungent, sweet, warm, dry

Actions: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiaging, neuroprotective, memory enhancing, anticancer, anticarcinogenic, antiproliferative, immunomodulator, chemopreventive (to reverse, suppress or prevent the development of cancer), antimutagenic, antiapoptotic, chemosensitisation (makes tumour cells more sensitive to chemotherapy), radioprotective, antimetastatic, antiarthritic, analgesic, antispasmodic, bitter tonic, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, antidiabetic, hypolipideamic, antiatherogenic, antidepressant, antiulcer, wound healing, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, larvicidal, insecticidal

 

 

Indications:

  • Adjunctive cancer treatment
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory conditions such as generalised chronic inflammation, arthritis, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, lupus nephritis
  • Cardiovascular disease prophylaxis; dyspepsia, peptic ulcer; liver and gallbladder dysfunction such as hangover, jaundice and hepatitis
  • Infections such as the common cold
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Adjunct in the treatment of hyperlipidaemia
  • Adjunctive diabetes treatment
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s disease (still being investigated)
  • Topically for skin conditions and cancer associated lesions, sprains and strains, adjunct in periodontitis and gingivitis

This tall perennial herb is native to south-east Asia. It is one of the most widely studied spices, showing potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti platelet and hepatoprotective actions. Besides boasting cardiovascular health by supporting arterial circulation, turmeric may help prevent damage to the liver and improve liver insufficiency. Some studies suggest it to be equally as effective at treating depression as antidepressants. [1,2]

Traditionally it is also often used as a beautifying spice, as it can help relieve a range of skin conditions from psoriasis to acne, giving you a healthy glow from within. [3,4,1]

Turmeric is used in our Golden Turmeric tea, Soothe Dust and Sex Dust.