Turmeric (Haldi sabut) the main spice in the Indian dish curry is argued by many to be the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease.
- Applied to the skin, turmeric is useful in treating a number of conditions, including psoriasis, and fungal infections such as athlete’ s foot.
- Turmeric improves the action of the liver and is a traditional remedy for jaundice in both Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine.
- It is also an ancient herb for digestive problems such as gastritis and acidity, helping to increase mucus production and protect the stomach.
- Due to its anti-inflammatory, blood-thinning, and cholesterol-lowering properties, Haldi sabut is now used to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
NEW INTEREST IN TURMERIC:
Despite its long-standing use in India and China, the therapeutic actions of this herb were not researched until recent decades when there was an upsurge of interest in foods and medicines that lower cholesterol levels or antioxidant properties (neutralize harmful free radicals). Research from the 1970s onwards, mostly in India, has tended to confirm traditional uses of the root.
Research has shown that turmeric has an anti-coagulant action, keeping the blood thin. Haldi sabut also increases bile production and flow, and has a protective action on the stomach and liver.
KEY PREPARATIONS & THEIR USES
- Added to food
- Volatile oil (3-5 %)
- Bitter principles
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Anti-platelet (blood-thinning)