( Curcuma longa )
The Turmeric plant is recognized by spongy, orange bulbs and yellow trumpet shaped flowers.
Turmeric is available as powder root, capsules. and liquid extract.The turmeric root, an ingredient of Indian curries for thousands of years, it also has medicinal properties. Today in Ayurvedic medicine, it is used for several purposes, including as a digestive aid. One of its active ingredients, curcumin induces the flow of the bile, which breaks down fats. Curcumin is also a anti inflammatory agent which relieves aches and pain associated with arthritis. Turmeric contains a volatile oil that functions as a external antibiotic preventing bacterial infections in wounds. In Chinese medicine it is categorized as acrid, bitter, and warm.
Aids with: shoulder pain, menstrual cramps, pain after childbirth, menstrual irregularity, externally for skin infections,good for liver function, helps prevent gallbladder disease, helps prevent sticking together of blood cells that could cause dangerous clots.
If you are pregnant consult your practitioner be for using turmeric. If you are trying to conceive and have a history of fertility problems, consult your practitioner before using. If you have a blood clotting disorder, consult your practitioner before using. There are some side effects for a few people which are heartburn, upset stomach.