Uzma Umair Shah, my good friend from Pakistan, remembers playing with her friends on her backyard swing set. She recalls falling off more than once like most kids. Unlike many other children, her mom would mix a poultice of Turmeric and water and rub a little on some of the rough surfaces. Uzma’s mom knew what many mothers don’t know: Turmeric has natural healing properties.
The Asian plant from which this rhizome is obtained is called Turmeric; it gives a vivid yellow aromatic powder gained from the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family, it’s used for flavoring and color in Asian cooking and in earlier times as a fabric dye.
The most important and energetic ingredient in turmeric is cur cumin. Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years in India.
The healing properties of this spice have been discovered. Recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used in treatment of many diverse health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.
Several Reasons to Add Turmeric to your Diet:
In studies, turmeric stopped breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in laboratory mice. It also prevents melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Turmeric reduces the risk of childhood leukemia. Turmeric detoxifies the liver and might prevent and slow the evolution of Alzheimer’s disease by getting rid of amyloidal (Amyloid beta (Aβ or Abeta), a peptide of 36–43 amino acids that is processed from the Amyloid (precursor protein), plaque buildup in the brain.
Turmeric might stop metastases or spreading of the disease from one organ to another, from taking place in many diverse forms of cancer. It is a strong natural anti-inflammatory that works with many anti-inflammatory drugs, but is devoid of the side-effects.
Turmeric and Multiple Sclerosis
Turmeric has assured in slowing the development of multiple sclerosis in mice. It is a natural painkiller and might aid in fat metabolism and help in weight managing. It has been used in Chinese medicine as healing agent for depression.
Dr. Turgeon, a local doctor here in Wasilla, Alaska who specializing in MS, encourages her patients to take 2 capsules of turmeric daily but when experiencing a flare or exacerbation increase that to 2 capsules 4 times a day.,
Because Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for;
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Multiple Sclerosis
Turmeric enhances the effects of chemo drug Paclitaxel, (pronounced Pac-li-tax-el) a drug, originally from the bark of the Pacific yew tree, used in the treatment of some cancers for stabilizing microtubules, part of the cell structure, and preventing chromosome movement so that cells cannot divide. Turmeric may also decrease the drug’s side-effects.
Promising studies are in progress with the effects of Turmeric on pancreatic cancer. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells. It has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in;
- Healing wounds
- Remodeling of damaged skin
- Treatment of psoriasis and
- Also heals some inflammatory skin conditions.
Turmeric can be used in powder or pill form. It is obtainable in pill form in many health food stores, generally in 250-500mg capsules. Once you start taking turmeric on daily basis, then you will enjoy finding new methods to use it in different recipes specially curries (Indian food of meat or vegetables in sauce).
Some Delicious Ways to use turmeric:
- Add a pinch of it to egg salad for a nice flavor and provide the egg salad a vivid yellow hue
- Mix with mustard pickles
- Mix a pinch in Milk to heal internal or muscular wounds
- Turmeric consumed as tea in Japan.
Medical reason to avoid Turmeric treatment:
Turmeric should not be used by patients being treated for;
Although turmeric is frequently used by pregnant women, as with all supplements, it is essential to consult with your doctor before doing so as Turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
As with all the information on this site, make sure you read the disclaimer, this information is intended FYI (For Your Information). Talk to your health care provider before you start any supplements and remember rubbing anything on the skin is the same to the body as if it were swallowed.