Tumeric is a very well studied herb. From India to Harvard – the two of which are in argument over who identified the benefits of tumeric. Tumeric is huge in Ayurvedic medicine, which is well over 3000 years old, as well as, Unani and Siddha. It is approved in modern European medical applications.

Turmeric has been investigated for its cholagogous influence on the secretion of bile, pancreatic, and gastric juices. Currently it continues to be evaluated for its anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic properties.

Below are a list of some of the actions that tumeric is responsible for.  But what it is currently well known for is the combination of tumeric with 4 other herbs.  It formulation is called Protandim.  It is being sutdied in over 20 universities and it appears that the combination turns on between 5-6000 genes of the 25,000 genes in your DNA.  These genes are called the “survival pathways” and turn on the anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, and anti-oxidant pathways in the cells.

Perhaps some of the reasons for the formulation’s phenomenal impact on the cells can be attributed to all of the actions of tumeric.

Tumeric is utilized both externally and internally. Among some of the actions are:

1) Anti-arthritic – it is both anti-inflammatory and reduces pain

2) Anti-bacterial – useful as an external anti-biotic in preventing bacterial infection in wounds

3) Anti-carcinogen / anti- mutagenic – both prevents and acts on cancer cells – both topically and internally

4) Anti-inflammatory – to the mucous membrane – which coats the stomach & intestines, throat & lungs;

a. Can benefit colitis, crohn’s disease, diarrhea, and post gieardia or post salmonella conditions

5) Anti-spasmodic – its capacity to smooth muscles also allows it to be used for PMS cramping

6) Astringent – useful in conditions like consumption, tuberculosis, bronchitis, colds and asthma, when the root being lightly cooked and eaten.

7) Bitter – which makes it very useful to improve and strengthen liver function

8) Carminative – calms down the digestive tract; flatulence, bloating, and appetite loss

9) Eye disorders – may be effective to eliminate the inflammation in the uvea (the middle layer of the eye between the sclera; white outer coat of the eye and the retina and the back of the eye)

10) Pain reliever – ability to reduce pain and disability

11) Plague preventative – prevents the blockage of arteries that can cause heart attacks and strokes by preventing cholesterol from becoming oxidized – cholesterol in and of itself is not bad – but rather when VLDL becomes oxidized it becomes a problem as it can make deposits in blood vessels then causing inflammation and/or the formation of atherosclerotic plaque

Some of the conditions:

12) Earaches – the juice of the root mixed with water can be useful in earaches; & to clear sinuses through nasal application

14) Hemorrhoids and anal fissures – reduces both the itching and inflammation

15) Scabies – eliminates itching, toxicity and infections

16) Skin conditions, ie., eczema, psoriasis, acne – can detoxify the liver and the skin to eliminate these irritations

17) Ulcers – eliminates pain and reduces ulceration

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

The unfortunate aspect of tumeric is that most sources are contaminated.  So it is very important that when utilizing it as a remedy you make sure that you have a good clean source otherwise you are simply complicating the issue.

Read more: Medicinal use of Turmeric | Medindia http://www.medindia.net/alternativemedicine/Turmeric.asp#ixzz1aoodXaZE

Resources:

http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=816077036&gid=136545…

http://www.medindia.net/alternativemedicine/Turmeric.asp

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0304383585901594

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0003986192900404

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf0483873

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