Turmeric, known scientifically as Curcuma longa, is a multipurpose plant that’s known by many names. It earned the monikers “the golden spice” and “Indian saffron” not only because of its brilliant yellow color, but also its culinary use.
Today, however, turmeric has gained popularity more for its medicinal uses than its usefulness in the kitchen. A staple herb in Ayurvedic medicine, modern researchers are now rediscovering the therapeutic applications of this nifty herb.
In a recent study, a researcher from India discussed the beneficial effects of curcumin, the main active component of turmeric, that have been reported by several studies. This review was published in the International Journal of Herbal Medicine.
Turmeric’s long history of use as a natural medicine dates back nearly 4,000 years. In India, an Ayurvedic compendium that can be traced back to 250 BC recommends the use of turmeric for treating the effects of food poisoning. Turmeric is also used to restore physical energy, dispel worms, improve digestion, regulate menstruation, dissolve gallstones and relieve arthritis. Read more…