Published On: Thu, Jan 24th, 2013

Turmeric Powder acts as a Natural Home Remedy

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Morphology and Distribution of Turmeric:

Turmeric powder is obtained from the plant Curcuma longa, a tropical plant grown in Southern and South eastern tropical parts of Asia. The plant grows up to 1 meter height with a short and crumpled leaves.

Medicinal Uses of Turmeric Powder as a Natural Remedy

Medicinal Uses of Turmeric Powder as a Natural Remedy

Preparation of Turmeric Powder:

The rhizome of turmeric is used to make powder. The rhizomes are uprooted and they are made free from mud and are boiled in hot water and they are dried in the sun. Afterwards they are powdered and they are free from the moisture.

Active Ingredient of Turmeric:

The active ingredient of the powder is Curcumin and the yellow colour is due Curcuminoids.

Names (Synonyms) of Turmeric in different languages

  • Hindi: Haldi
  • Telugu: Pasupu
  • Tamil: Manjal
  • English: Turmeric
  • Chineese: Jiang huang

In Asian countries turmeric is used traditionally in different ways. Some are listed below:

Traditional uses of Turmeric

  • Turmeric is used as a spice and coloring agent in foods
  • Turmeric is used as a protective agent against skin diseases
  • Traditionally used in different ways by Hindus in ceremonies.
  • Turmeric is used as a traditional medicine to treat colds, cough, and throat infections.
  • Turmeric is used as a topical application to treat sprains and joint pains.
  • Turmeric is used as an antiseptic powder for wounds.

It is scientifically proved that Turmeric has got anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, anti viral and anti fungal properties.

Current Research Studies on Turmeric

Extensive research is going on to see the effect of Turmeric on the following

  • Prevention of cancer
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • Chemo preventive of skin, liver and colon
  • Wound healing
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Gall stone formation
  • Arthritis
  • Bowel diseases
  • Cataract formation
  • Lowering of blood

The studies revealed that curcumin has action against cancer, Diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. But most of the trials were made on animals. Human trials are required to study the actions and the usage in humans.

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