Genevieve Tan Shu Thung
Founder Of The Sandhya Maarga Holistic Living Academy/The Jakarta Post
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), which is also popularly known in India as haldi, is used extensively in all Indian medicinal systems such as Siddha, Unani and Ayurveda. It has become increasingly popular as a medicinal herb in recent years, even among Western medicine practitioners.
Due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a first choice for First Aid in Medicinal Herbalism for injuries ranging from a minor cuts to concussions. Immediate application of turmeric is known to effectively prevent wound infection and curb bleeding. Researchers have announced that turmeric is useful in treating arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, injuries, trauma and stiffness. Used before and after any surgery, it can help decrease pain and inflammation as well as accelerate the healing process.
Also known as a ‘cooling herb’, turmeric can be applied directly onto the skin, helping to remove excessive heat from the body. Thus it also alleviates skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Turmeric is a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine. The consumption of turmeric is known to cleanse the liver, treat dyspepsia and indigestion, suppresses inflammation in the stomach and prevent/treat stomach ulcers of any kind. The spice is claimed to protect the liver from toxins and pathogens, as well as normalizing blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Its anti-bacterial properties also makes it suitable in clearing coughs, sinus problems, congestion, bronchitis and asthma.
Ayurvedic medicine uses turmeric to purify and regulate the blood cycle to maintain a healthy heart. Therefore, it is also commonly used by women as a mild menstrual regulator to move stagnant blood. The spice is not only used for its internal health benefits, but for external beauty as well. Being a powerful antioxidant, turmeric also has anti-ageing properties that allow for better absorption of beneficial nutrients by the skin. Your skin is deeply cleansed while its elasticity is maintained during a Turmeric beauty treatment. That is why many rural Indian folks rub turmeric lavishly all over their faces from time-to-time since it is believed to be able to get rid of blemishes, acne, pimples, stretch marks, dead skin cells and more.
Ayurveda has long recommended Turmeric for the treatment of tumors and cancer of the female reproductive system. Various scientific evaluations have been carried out to test the claims of turmeric possessing anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties. The results from this research seems to point positively in that direction.
Recent headlines have also announced that turmeric, the indispensable ingredient of most spicy dishes of South Asia, shows promise for treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.