Traditional and Modern Uses
Many doctors in India consider Turmeric to be the best all-around herb of the Ayurvedic and Yogic traditions. Suitable for all constitutions, its warming pungency balances Vata and Kapha and its bitter and sweet tastes balance Pitta. Western science confirms this with over 10,000 scientific articles available, reinforcing 6,000 years of evidence accrued in India, where Turmeric is used as a medicine, beauty aid, cooking spice, talisman amulet and a dye.
Turmeric purifies and nourishes the blood and skin and is useful for a wide array of indications, from supporting a blemish free face to healing wounds to ensuring healthy skin cell apoptosis. Turmeric cleanses, builds and moves blood like few other herbs, making it an especially valuable herb to support the skin, liver and female reproductive system. Turmeric protects the liver from toxins and pathogens as well as helping to restore it. This makes Turmeric an especially useful herb for travel, detoxification and balancing tendencies toward less than salubrious habits. Turmeric also removes cholesterol from the liver and inhibits its assimilation, giving your cardiovascular system double protection from excesses of cholesterol.
Support of the respiratory system is a primary traditional use of Turmeric. As an antioxidant it protects the lungs from pollution and toxins. It also helps the oxygen transfer from the lungs to the blood. When it comes to first-aid, it serves in accidents ranging from cuts to concussions. For any trauma this rhizome accelerates healing and minimizes the damage. Turmeric is hemostatic, vulnerary, it is analgesic, supports a healthy response to occasional inflammation, and significantly boosts immunity.
Turmeric neutralizes those substances and conditions which can cause cellular challenges; it directly helps a cell retain its integrity if threatened by toxins; and if apoptosis wanes then it can bring it back to balance.
Western bioscientists have published thousands of studies that indicate Turmeric promotes the purity of the blood and liver, supports healthy cell proliferation and apoptosis, supports healthy response to occasional inflammation, helps to maintain balanced thyroid function, and is a potent immunostimulant.
- Summary: warming solar masculine earth-element anabolic
- Dosha: V-P=K-
- Rasa/Taste: bitter, pungent
- Virya/Temperature: warming
- Endocrine (especially feeding the thyroid, pancreas, adrenals)
- Cardiopulmonary (especially toning to the lungs)
- Circulatory (build, clean, move blood and liver)
- Central nervous systems (cleaning nerves and for cognitive function)
- Reproductive (men and women, both sexuality and procreation)
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