For Conditions of Poor Vision, Rheumatic Pains, Coughs, and to Increase Milk Production!
The vast majority of turmeric comes from India. Turmeric is one of the key ingredients in many curries, giving them color and flavor. The root and rhizome (underground stem) are used medicinally.
In Ayurvedic medicine (the traditional medicine of India), many different species similar to turmeric are used. It was prescribed for treatment of many conditions, including poor vision, rheumatic pains, and coughs, and to increase milk production. Native peoples of the Pacific sprinkled the dust on their shoulders during ceremonial dances and used it for numerous medical problems ranging from constipation to skin diseases. Turmeric was used for numerous intestinal infections and ailments in Southeast Asia.
The active constituent is known as curcumin. It has been shown to have a wide range of therapeutic actions. First, it protects against free radical damage because it is a strong antioxidant. Second, it reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels and possibly by increasing production of natural cortisone by the adrenal glands. Third, it protects the liver from a number of toxic compounds. Fourth, it has been shown to reduce platelets from clumping together, which in turn improves circulation and helps protect against atherosclerosis. There are also numerous animal studies showing a cancer-preventing action of curcumin. This may be due to its antioxidant activity in the body. Curcumin inhibits HIV in test tubes, though human studies are needed to determine if it will be a useful therapy or not.
Human studies are generally lacking for turmeric. A double blind study in people with rheumatoid arthritis found curcumin extracted from turmeric to be less effective than the anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone, though independent observers of the study participants felt both agents were equally effective. A separate double blind trial found that curcumin was superior to placebo or phenylbutazone for alleviating postsurgical inflammation.
While double blind research has found turmeric helpful for people with indigestion, results in people with stomach or intestinal ulcers have not shown it to be superior to placebo and have shown it to be less effective than antacids.
How much is usually taken? A standardized extract of turmeric supplying 400-600 mg of curcumin can be taken three times per day in capsules or tablets.12 Tincture can be used in the amount of 0.5-1.5 ml three times per day. Turmeric as a spice can also be incorporated into the diet.
Are there any side effects or interactions? Used in the recommended amounts, turmeric is generally safe. It has been used in large quantities as a condiment with no adverse reactions. However, persons with symptoms of gallstones or obstruction of bile passages should avoid turmeric.
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FDA: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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