Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years and is a major herb of Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, and traditional Chinese medicine. It was first used as a dye and then later for its supposed properties in folk medicine. Although the precise origin of turmeric is not known, it appears to have originated from Southeast Asia, most probably from Vietnam, China or Western India. Turmeric is cultivated in Southeast Asia, Oceania, and some countries of western Africa. The world’s largest producer, consumer and exporter of turmeric is India.
Turmeric is used for managing pain and inflammation of joints and muscles.
Studies have shown it to be useful for preventing and managing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
It is used to manage hyperglycemia and PCOS due to its hypolipidemic, anti-obesity and antioxidant properties.
It also enhances the cognitive functions, learning abilities, memory and concentration.
Turmeric has been used for a variety of internal disorders such as indigestion, throat infections, common colds, liver ailments, as well as topically to cleanse wounds or treat skin sores. It has anti-allergic and anti-pruritic properties.
It improves immunity and helps achieve faster recovery from illness.
- Relieves symptoms of BPH
- Improves memory, concentration
- Boosts immunity
Turmeric powder is approximately 60–70% carbohydrates, 6–13% water, 6–8% protein, 5–10% fat, 3–7% dietary minerals, 3–7% essential oils, 2–7% dietary fiber, and 1–6% curcuminoids.
Phytochemical components of turmeric include diarylheptanoids, a class including numerous curcuminoids, such as curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and bisdemethoxycurcumin.
Curcumin constitutes up to 3.14% of turmeric powder. Some 34 essential oils are present in turmeric, among which turmerone, germacrone, atlantone, and zingiberene are major constituents.
Ayurveda Insight on Haridra
Haridra has katu, tikta rasa, katu vipaka, ushna virya and ruksha property. It alleviates Kapha-pitta doshas. It is krimighna, kushthaghna, varnya, raktashodhaka, vishaghna, shothahara, dipana and pramehanashaka in action. It is useful in Pandu, Prameha, Vrana, Vishavikara, Kushtha, Tvagroga, Raktapitta and Pinasa.