Ayurveda the ancient medical science is based on the principle of
preventing diseases. It directs us to resist the diseases through our food
habits and life styles. Same principle was stressed by Hippocrates also “Let
your food be your medicine” was his advice to man kind.
Let’s know more about a very well known spice in Ayurveda yet not completely understood by common man. Over the last several years, there has been increasing interest in turmeric and its medicinal properties. But Ayurveda has immensely praised the medicinal qualities of turmeric which finds its place in almost all ayurvedic preparations related to liver and skin disorders.
This herb has occupied the shelves of every Indian kitchen since 6000 years and is considered as king of kitchen. It is used daily in cooking. Apart from cooking it is also used as beauty aid and as a dye.
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) belongs to Zingiberacae Family and is a perennial
plant that grows 3 to 5 feet high in the tropical regions .In India it is
grown allover but specially in Bengal, Bombay and in Tamilnadu .
Ayurveda appreciates the medicinal qualities and color of turmeric. This is evident through the various names of turmeric specified in ancient texts of ayurveda. Some of these are
• Haridra – enhancer of body complexion.
• Kanchani - looks like gold .
• Nisha - imparts beauty by enhancing complexion which is as beautiful as
full moon night
• Gowri - yellow in color
• Krimighni - works as a Antibacterial and antihelmenthic.
• Yoshit priya - used in Gynecological disorders.
In Hindi turmeric is known as haldi .
The rhizomes or roots of this plant are used as medicine and for other
purposes. The rhizomes are boiled, dried and then powdered. This powder is
used for all purposes.
The active chemical component of turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant and reduces inflammation by reducing histamine levels. Curcumin protects liver, reduces cholesterol, and prevents internal blood clotting thus preventing heart attacks and liver tissue damages.
Turmeric is very safe. But special precautions should be taken in persons who
have gall stones, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers and obstructive jaundice.
Ayurveda explains the qualities of turmeric as light and dry. It has pungent
and bitter taste. It is widely used in skin, respiratory and liver disorders.
It purifies blood and enhances complexion.
Medicinal properties of turmeric – Go for Gold!
Effects of Turmeric----
Ayurveda has recommended this golden herb to purify blood and prevent it from clotting. It is extensively used to protect liver from toxins and microbial. Turmeric increases the secretion of bile, promotes free flow of bile. This herb can be used to overcome toxic effects of alcohol on liver. This reduces cholesterol and protects heart.
Use of ½ tea spoon of turmeric with warm water rejuvenates the liver and
expels toxins out of it.
On respiratory system
Turmeric is very effective in bronchitis, productive cough and asthma.
One spoon of turmeric boiled in milk should be consumed with a spoon of pure ghee in conditions like bronchitis, asthma and productive cough. This gives very good relief and expectorates excessively produced mucous in lungs.
The antioxidant properties of turmeric give us young looks and make us to feel
young. It reduces inflammation in joints, protects the heart, reduces
cholesterol and keeps us very healthy.
It is widely used in ayurvedic preparations for diabetes. It lowers the blood
sugar and increases glucose metabolism.
It initiates regular menstrual cycle and reduces menstrual cramps.
Blood nourishes the skin and it is known fact that pure blood always keeps the
skin glowing and radiant. Turmeric purifies blood, nourishes skin and gives it
a healthy natural glow and radiance.
A traditional face pack of India consists of gram flour, pure turmeric powder,
milk and honey. This reduces inflammation of skin, smoothens it and prevents
many skin ailments.
On Stomach and Intestines
Turmeric enhances digestion, normalizes metabolism and expels intestinal
Turmeric accelerates healing process and readily reduces pain and
inflammation. Thick Paste of turmeric applied on wounds acts as an excellent
antibiotic and anti inflammatory.
Turmeric purifies and cleans the body. It is a tailor made herb for yogis. It
increases the flexibility of muscles, reduces inflammation in muscles and
joints and helps to perform yoga with confidence and delight.
Is it not a wonderful treasure which nature has stored for us in this golden
herb ? Now let us start a gold rush.
Dr. Krishna.R.S has been an Ayurvedic Practitioner since 19 yrs , after getting a graduation degree in ayurveda (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) in 1986 from University of Mysore, India. He completed his post graduation diploma about allopathic medicine and surgery from University of Bangalore, Karnataka, India.His articles about ayurveda and life sciences have been published in many magzines.
Dr.Krishna. R.S is a star athlete and has represented state and universities when he was in high school, pre university and college.
Dr.Krishna . R.S lives in Mysore , Karnataka, India. He gives consultations in Mysore and also in Bangalore the silicon valley of India.
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