So what’s the big deal?

From Cancer to Common Cold, the turmeric trail runs bold.

The knobby rhizome/root has been gaining popularity Stateside and its thanks in part to it’s capabilities to churn out an inviting vision of Espresso-free latte, but mostly because of its many touted medicinal/therapeutic benefits. Modern science is beginning to recognize the “Apothecary Crown” it unquestionably deserves, and much research is currently being conducted _ 520 research papers have been submitted.

Here is a list (not entirely comprehensive), but still well-researched one, of ailment assuaging adjectives that can be staunchly and blindly assigned to Turmeric.

  • Alterative = Gradually changing, or tending to change, a morbid state of the functions into one of health.
  • analgesic,
  • antibacterial,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • anti-tumor,
  • anti-allergic,
  • anti-oxidant,
  • antiseptic,
  • antispasmodic,
  • astringent,
  • carminative = reduces flatulence, gas and bloating
  • cholagogue = promotes flow of bile from gallbladder to small intestine
  • diuretic = causing increased passing of urine
  • digestive
  • stimulant, and
  • vulnerary = a medicine used in the healing of wounds

It doesn’t stop there, and that list of maladies that Turmeric tackles, and which I had referred to, to be longer than the list of books in the Lib of congress in the first of the Turmeric Tales posts, is here and below. Turmeric shows some mighty heroic powers when it comes to the treating some of the most intense ailments afflicting the world today.

Arthritis, Cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Atherosclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Hepatitis-C, Genital Herpes). Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion, Inflammation, Acne, Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Infections, Gallstones, Anemia, Hemorrhoids, Liver Disease, Leprosy, Amenorrhea, Edema, Bronchitis……

 ……Common Cold, Headaches, Conjunctivitis, Bursitis, food poisoning, parasites, fever, diarrhea, poor circulation, lower back and abdominal pain. Turmeric helps balance the female reproductive and lactation systems, and in men it purifies and improves the health of semen. It is used to treat external ulcers that would not respond to other treatment.

The usefulness it imparts in relatively minor daily life disquiets is not discountable either. It can be used as a mosquito repellent, wound healer, and immediate cure for scorpion stings. Women smear it on their faces to tame facial hair, breakouts, fine lines and to improve complexion.

Due to its vast array of medicinal purposes and versatility, turmeric is one of the most powerful herbs in any natural-medicine cabinet.