Turmeric has been a traditional household item for centuries and is often used in conjunction with Neem as a purifying herb that promotes healthy skin through systemic blood purification.
In the past decade, curcumin, has been extensively studied by Western researchers and scientists for its antioxidant activity. Researchers continue to study curcumin in relation to normal cell growth and normal brain function. "Common Indian Spice Stirs Hope," Wall Street Journal, 2005.
Turmeric in Ayurveda:
According to Ayurveda, turmeric's gunas or qualities are that it is laghu (dry) and ruksha (rough). Its rasas (taste) is katu (pungent) and tikta (bitter). It has ushna virya and is tridoshic at normal dosages.
Turmeric principally treats the skin, heart, liver and lungs. It was recommended by Sushruta epilepsy and bleeding disorders.
Charaka recommended it for skin diseases, to purify the body mind, and to help
the lungs expel Kapha.
Botanical Name : : CURCUMA LONGA
Family Name: : ZINGIBERACEAE
Common Name: : TURMERIC, CURCUMIN, HARIDRA, HALDI
Turmeric is a rhizome or root belonging to the ginger family and grows in South Asia. The roots can be eaten raw or ground to a powder after drying. The final powder is brilliant yellow in color and used as a spice in flavoring foods and imparting the yellow color.
Turmeric is also used as a dye and in cosmetics. It has a part in many religious ceremonies in India. It has many medicinal properties and is used as a household anti-septic and anti-inflammatory medicine.
Turmeric's properties include being an alterative, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, appetizer, astringent, cardiovascular, carminative,
cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, and vulnerary.
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Turmeric Research and Clinical Studies
New Research now shows how curcumin works
Using solid-state NMR spectroscopy researchers at the University of Michigan revealed that molecules of turmeric insert themselves into cell membranes causing them to become more stable and better able to resist infection from microbes.
According to the study published in the Journal of the Americal Chemical Society "Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric powder, a natural spice used for generations in traditional medicines. Curcumin’s broad spectrum of properties makes it particularly interesting for the development of pharmaceutical compounds. Because of curcumin’s various effects on the function of numerous unrelated membrane proteins, it has been suggested that it affects the properties of the bilayer itself. A combination of solid-state NMR and differential scanning calorimetry experiments shows curcumin has a strong effect on membrane structure at low concentrations."
In a summary of Turmeric studies done between 1978-2008, researchers at the Natural Products Research Laboratories, School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina noted many of the herb's supportive uses, saying "recent studies on curcuminoids, particularly curcumin, have discovered not only much on the therapeutic activities, but also on mechanisms of molecular biological action." Chin Med. 2008 Sep 17;3:11.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences researchers at the Department of Chemistry, Ataturk University, Turkey studied the antioxidant properties of the curcumin in Turmeric and found it to be effectively supportive of the body's own natural peroxidation response to numerous free radicals. Chem Biol Interact. 2008 Jul 10;174(1):27-37.
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