Therapeutic uses of Turmeric

Turmeric besides flavoring food, purifying the blood and skin conditions is used in Ayurveda for treating and curing Anemia, cancer, diabetes, digestion, food poisoning, gallstones, indigestion, IBS, parasites, poor circulation, staph infections, and wounds.

The main organs that turmeric treats are the skin, heart, liver and lungs. Turmeric Plant

  • Turmeric is used for epilepsy and bleeding disorders, skin diseases, to purify the body-mind, and to help the lungs expel Kapha.
  • Activities of Turmeric include: Alterative, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, appetizer, astringent, cardiovascular, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, and vulnerary.
  • Therapeutic uses of Turmeric: Anemia, cancer, diabetes, digestion, food poisoning, gallstones, indigestion, IBS, parasites, poor circulation, staph infections, and wounds.
  • Turmeric helps to regulate the female reproductive system and purifies the uterus and breast milk, and in men it purifies and builds semen, which is counterintuitive for a pungent bitter.
  • Turmeric reduces fevers, diarrhea, urinary disorders, insanity, poisoning, cough, and lactation problems in general.
  • Turmeric is used to treat external ulcers that respond to nothing else. Turmeric decreases Kapha and so is used to remove mucus in the throat, watery discharges like leucorrhea, and any pus in the eyes, ears, or in wounds, etc.


In Ayurvedic cooking, turmeric is everywhere, this multifaceted wonder spice helps

  • Detoxify the liver
  • Balance cholesterol levels
  • Fight allergies
  • Stimulate digestion
  • Boost immunity
  • Enhance the complexion

It is also an antioxidant Ayurveda recognizes turmeric as a heating spice, contributing bitter, pungent and astringent tastes.

Turmeric comes from the root of Curcuma longa, a green plant in the ginger family. Rhizome has a tough brown skin and bright orange flesh. Ground turmeric comes from fingers which extend from the root.

There are approximately 30 varieties have been recognized in the type of Curcuma in which turmeric belongs. Amalapuram, Armour, Dindigam, Erode, Krishna, Kodur, Vontimitra, P317, GL Purm I and II, RH2 and RH10 are some popular Indian varieties among them.

In India most of the turmeric used is of dried cured variety, the ‘Erode’ variety is the best and more popular. The ‘Krishna’ variety gives the highest yield of green turmeric.

Famous varieties of Turmeric

  • Local Haldi
  • China scented
  • Thodopuza
  • Red streaked
  • Alleppey





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