TURMERIC, Curcuma longa


Latin name: Curcuma longa

English names: Turmeric, Indian saffron

Sanskrit names: Haridra, Gauri

Indian names: Haldi

Medicinal parts used: Rhizomes

Turmeric is a perennial herb with short stem and raised or lifted branches. It grows up to 60 to 90 cm in height. The rhizomes or underground stems are short and thick and constitute commercial turmeric. The rhizome is aromatic, stimulant and a tonic.

The roots, or rhizomes and bulbs, are used in medicinal and food preparations. Curcumin, the active ingredient, has antioxidant properties. Other substances in this herb have antioxidant properties as well.

Therapeutic use:

  • It is a valuable home remedy for bronchial asthma.
  • Turmeric is a valuable intestinal antiseptic. It also helps prevent flatulence.
  • About 20 drops of the juice of raw turmeric, mixed with a pinch of salt, taken first thing in the morning daily is considered an effective remedy for expelling worms.
  • Turmeric, being rich in iron is useful in anemia.
  • Turmeric is useful in the treatment of measles.
  • Turmeric with its antiseptic properties is a useful remedy for chronic cough and throat irritations.
  • Turmeric in combination with caraway seeds or ajwain is beneficial for cold in infants and children.
  • For treating sprains or the swelling caused by sprains.
  • Turmeric powder is beneficial in soreness of the eyes.
  • An application of turmeric powder to boils speeds up the healing process.
  • It is useful in the treatment of skin diseases like ringworm and scabies.

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