Scientific: Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica [WikiPedia]
Appearance: A yellow coloured powder ground from the root of the turmeric plant. The turmeric plant grows in India and Indonesia and is related to the ginger family (it is a common ingredient in curries). Curcumin is a key chemical in turmeric.
Parts Used: Roots.
Common Uses: Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. In Southeast Asia, turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. Because of its brilliant yellow colour, turmeric is also known as “Indian saffron”. Modern medicine has begun to recognize its importance, as indicated by the over 3000 publications dealing with turmeric that came out within the last 25 years.
- Prevents and shrinks cancerous tumors;
- Shields against carcinogenic effects of environmental toxins;
- Prevents or reduces pain associated with arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis;
- Renders inactive platelet-activating factors (PAF), preventing or curing atherosclerosis (plaque build-up within the arteries);
- Aids in the digestion of fats and sugars;
- Stops cholesterol from forming into gallstones;
- Counteracts a variety of food allergies
- Reduces gingivitis and bad breath
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Topic Specific References:
- Turmeric for Cats and Dogs [ref]Turmeric and Curcumin – Good for Your Dog’s and Cat’s Health (Karen Rosenfeld)[/ref]
- Turmeric, the Golden Spice [ref]Chapter 13, Turmeric, the Golden Spice, Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition (NCBI)[/ref]
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- Honeyvale Herbs Rebound Herbal Solutions